Paradise Mill

Paradise Mill takes you back in time to Macclesfield of the early 20th century, with the only working Jacquard silk hand looms in the country in their original location, offering the experience of what it would have been like to be a Macclesfield mill worker.

The Old Sunday School

In the 18th and 19th centuries many of the children in Macclesfield would have been working in the silk mills from the age of 6 years, and Sunday School would have been their only chance for education.  It provided the main opportunity for children to learn reading and writing, as well as scripture.  The Large [...]

The Silk Museum

The Silk Museum is housed in the original School of Art built in 1879 with land and funding granted by the council and public subscriptions.  The School had been founded in 1851 and initially used rented rooms in the Useful Knowledge Society building.  Its original aim was to educate practical designers for the manufacture of [...]

West Park Museum

West Park Museum is a small but beautifully formed collection of the surprising and unusual.  The museum was the idea of Marianne Brocklehurst, the daughter of Macclesfield’s first MP and silk manufacturer John Brocklehurst.  Today it contains a sample of her collection of Egyptian artefacts, along with fine art and local history. Marianne has an [...]