Support Us

The task of preserving and interpreting our heritage for present and future generations inevitably comes at a cost.   Like most museums and collections, we were founded on philanthropy.  Today, as a registered charity, The Silk Heritage Trust which manages Macclesfield Museums, still relies upon the generous support of donors, trusts, foundations and companies to enable us to continue our core work and to undertake improvements to our exhibition spaces, education programmes and heritage conservation.

We need your support to realise our vision; to maintain an innovative and exciting museum and heritage offer for Macclesfield and to provide inspiring experiences for visitors through our unique collections and remarkable heritage buildings.   

We want to celebrate and share the extraordinary story of Macclesfield; a story of creativity, industry and enterprise, and with your help we can achieve this ambition. 

There are opportunities to support us on a range of levels, and in return we look forward to recognising your support in our Museums, building a mutually beneficial partnership with you and involving you in our work.


Volunteering opportunities

Volunteering opportunities

There are lots of different ways you can volunteer at Macclesfield Museums. See which one appeals to you.

  • Learning volunteers – engage with children and young people, inspiring them through our collections
  • Special events & visitor welcome – be a part of our front of house team
  • Social media – help us create the buzz and spread the word
  • Retail – be the first point of contact in our brand new Silk Shop
  • Loom and Machinery support – delve deeper into how our machines work and help us keep them working for the future
  • Young Ambassadors – if you’re between 14 and 24, you could get hands-on experience of working with our fascinating collections

Next Steps

If you’re interested in finding out more about any of our Volunteering opportunities, just download our information pack which gives you more detail about each of the above areas of volunteering, then complete the Volunteering Application Form and email it to [email protected]

We’ll get back in touch with and invite you to a Welcome Session to explain more about Volunteering and the different opportunities on offer.

We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Become a Friend of Macclesfield Silk Heritage

Become a Friend of Macclesfield Silk Heritage

The Friends are an enthusiastic group – formed in 1980 – who were instrumental in the creation of Macclesfield Museums. They continue to give support through a range of fund-raising initiatives, with a series of monthly talks from October to March and Beryl’s famous Christmas quiz.

For further information about how to join the Friends, contact [email protected]

Make a Donation

Make a Donation

The Museums play a large part in saving and preserving local heritage to make it accessible to the people of Macclesfield.  Recently with support from the Art Fund, Arts Council England/V & A Purchase Fund and the Friends of Silk Heritage, the Museum has been able to purchase two fantastic paintings by 18th century artist Joseph Wright of Derby of local Maxonians.

The next challenge is to raise funds to conserve the paintings so they can be presented at their very best.  Conservation will cost around £13,000 and this, among other worthwhile projects, is what your donations can pay for.

For more information on how you can donate or sponsor Macclesfield Museums, please contact Emma Anderson on 01625 613210

Become a Patron

Become a Patron

For an annual payment of £1,000 for individuals or £2,000 for businesses you can become a patron of Macclesfield Museums and support the long term future of heritage in the town.  You’ll receive VIP invites to a range of previews and evening events, with the opportunity to build a special relationship with the trust.

Why I became a Patron: David Richards from KAT UK explains why he decided to support Macclesfield Museums in this way.

David says ‘I believe it is vital that we protect and honour our industrial heritage and show future generations what local people are capable of achieving. Paradise Mill is a fantastic museum, showcasing the very best of Macclesfield’s silk manufacturing history. It is important that KAT, as a local business, employing local people, supports the great work of Macclesfield Museums.’

If you would like any further information about becoming a Patron then please contact Emma Anderson on 01625 613210

Expression of Interest Form

Leave a Legacy

Leave a Legacy

The Old Sunday School was endowed by prosperous merchants in 1815, and our Egyptology collections donated by Victorian silk heiress and philanthropist Marianne Brocklehurst.  Since the Museums were founded 30 years ago by the generosity and commitment of a group of local supporters, we have continued to benefit from charitable support.

Although we receive some support from the local authority and other statutory sources, we simply could not develop our displays, exhibitions and learning programmes, add to our collections and continue to tell the story of the people of Macclesfield without donations and legacies.  We are indebted to those who have already made donations to us and left gifts in their wills.

By leaving the Trust a legacy to support the museums, you will follow in the footsteps of philanthropist Marianne Brocklehurst by ensuring that our work will continue for generations to come.  As little as 5% of your estate can make a real difference to us without preventing you from providing for your family or other loved ones.

Your donation will either be taken off the value of your estate before Inheritance Tax is calculated, or reduce your Inheritance Tax rate, if more than 10% of your estate is left to charity – meaning that the value of your legacy to the Trust is maximised, whilst reducing the tax burden of your estate.

You can either draw up a new will, or create a codicil to add to your existing will.  When speaking to your legal adviser please let them know that you would like your legacy to be left to The Silk Heritage Trust (Registered charity no. 519521) c/o The Old Sunday School, Roe Street, Macclesfield, SK11 6UT.

If you would like to discuss your legacy in confidence please contact Emma Anderson on 01625 613210

Thank you to our Funders

Thank you to our Funders