The Silk Industry and the Industrial Revolution (KS3)

A full day visit to the museum runs from 10 am to 2 pm. During the visit the young people will split into groups which rotate around 3 different sessions. Each session is delivered by an enthusiastic member of our experienced education team.

To arrange a visit contact [email protected]

Suitable for KS3

£10.50 per pupil. 10am – 2pm. Maximum number of young people per day = 60.

The Silk Museum, Park Lane, SK11 6TJ.

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If you are unable to visit the museum but would be interested in us coming to you please contact [email protected]

Session 1: Tour of Paradise Mill

Session 1: Tour of Paradise Mill

Session 1: Paradise Mill tour

The young people will be  taken on a tour around Paradise Mill by an experienced tour guide.  On the tour they will see how important the Silk industry was to Macclesfield and also consider what life was like working in a Victorian mill.

There is currently no lift access to the mill and it is accessed by a number of steps.

Source Enquiry and Debate

Source Enquiry and Debate

Session 2: Source Enquiry and Debate

In this session the group will learn about the Factory Acts and how they changed working conditions and silk production in Macclesfield.   Participants will analyse primary sources to explore how opinions on working conditions varied and why.  This information will be used to construct and support an argument to be used in a debate.

Edith Buxton - Opportunities in 'Silk Town'

Edith Buxton - Opportunities in 'Silk Town'

Session 3: Edith Buxton – Opportunities in ‘Silk Town’

During this session participants will learn about the life of Edith Buxton (a very successful local designer).  You will get to see some Pattern Books not on public display and discuss what they can tell us about the history of design.  The session will finish with you producing templates for your own textile pattern inspired by the objects you have seen and your visit to the museum.