Teachers

Your children will have a memorable trip with a visit to our fantastic sites to see our marvellous collections.  Join our experienced education team for a hands-on experience, using great resources with workshops tailored to the curriculum.

Workshops run from 10am-2pm and cost £7.50 per pupil.  For further details and to book a visit contact the Education Manager Helen Roberts on 01625 613210 or via email


Egyptian Experience – West Park Museum

Egyptian Experience – West Park Museum

Meet the renowned explorer ‘Miss Marianne Brocklehurst’ and discover what she encountered on her journey along the Nile.  Explore some of the many ancient treasures she brought back for her museum, handle Egyptian artefacts and take part in a craft workshop – making an Anubis mask or working with papyrus.

School and Mill Life Experience – The Old Sunday School

School and Mill Life Experience – The Old Sunday School

Step back in time in our authentic Victorian schoolroom and experience a lesson in the 3 ‘R’s with ma’am.  Visit a mill worker’s cottage to learn about home life in the 19th century and get hands-on with original artefacts and have a go at rag-rug making.

Silk Experience – Paradise Mill and the Silk Museum

Silk Experience – Paradise Mill and the Silk Museum

Step into the past at Paradise Mill, a living time-capsule with its fabulous collection of working Jacquard silk hand looms, the only ones in their original location.  Witness the historic machinery in action and get hands-on with winding and threading.  Discover the story of this wonderful material from the silk worm to the woven fabric.  At the Silk Museum, discover how silk was made and used, and explore silk treasures from around the world.  Try printing or weaving in a craft workshop.  Silk painting can be arranged for an additional fee.

Compare and Contrast: Life in the times of Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria – The Old Sunday School

Compare and Contrast: Life in the times of Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria – The Old Sunday School

An experience to inspire curiosity and help understand change through time.  Discover life as a child during the reigns of both queens.  Experience the atmosphere of a bustling Elizabethan market as the town hears the news of the victory over the Armada, and visit a Victorian millworker’s cottage as the family prepares for the local Barnaby holidays and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.   These hands-on workshops are packed with role-play and fun.

Science and Silk Workshop – Paradise Mill and the Silk Museum

Science and Silk Workshop – Paradise Mill and the Silk Museum

Discover forces in action in our historic working mill, and experiment with gears, wheels and pulleys to lift bales of silk and wind pirns and bobbins.  Arrange cloth in a colour spectrum and test materials to see which are transparent or opaque and decide which would make the best blackout curtain.  Don white lab coats and experiment at our science stations, trying chromatography with colour dyes, testing the strengths of different weaves and creating new inventions with simple electric circuits.  The budding scientists will present their findings and debate the accuracy of their tests.

Art in the Museum – Silk Museum

Art in the Museum – Silk Museum

Try new art techniques and be inspired by our museum collections.  Discover the work of famous Macclesfield artist Charles Tunnicliffe, sketch a selection of bird specimens just as he would have done, and try out his famous technique – sgraffito.  We can also offer specialist art lessons tailored to fit with your curriculum topics, recent examples include Tudor art workshops for a history link, and Aduki art workshops for schools studying African cultures.

Victorian Christmas Experience – Old Sunday School

Victorian Christmas Experience – Old Sunday School

Step into the parlour and help Molly the maid as she cleans ready for Christmas and puts up some decorations.  Discover some of the Victorian innovations at yuletide like the Christmas tree popularised by Prince Albert and make a cracker, newly invented by Tom Smith.  Play with some of the toys which would be enjoyed by rich and poor children and, of course, experience a Christmas themed lesson in the Victorian schoolroom with ma’am.