The Silk Museum tells a unique story of the relationship between the people and communities of Macclesfield and its famous silk industry. Highlights include remarkable surviving Jacquard looms and stunning Pattern Books that capture the creative ideas and processes of many of the town’s major silk firms. Find out about the Brocklehursts and other families who played a leading role in so many aspects of the town’s development; and about Paterson, New Jersey where many men and women from the town emigrated, with the town becoming known as the ‘Macclesfield of America’.
The Silk Museum is housed in the former Art School, which trained up artists and designers for the silk industry. From 29th October, we welcome back contemporary creatives to the Museum, with the Makers’ Place on the first floor. Visit our eight outstanding makers, learn about their creative processes and buy or commission original gifts.
Our new Silk Shop will be home for a unique memento of Macclesfield Silk from Saturday 10th November – with beautiful scarves, ties, waistcoats and woven pictures for sale.
We have an exciting programme of new displays coming up at the Silk Museum. These include…
Macclesfield at War – an important group of War Memorials, formerly housed in Christ Church, find a permanent home in the Silk Museum. This is the first step in a display that will develop over the next 12 months to explore the impact of two World Wars on Macclesfield people and on the silk industry. From Saturday 10th November.
Macclesfield and the World – Marianne Brocklehurst’s Egyptian collections will start to be presented at the Silk Museum, telling a story that links Macclesfield and Egypt. Marianne’s financial independence came from her family’ silk business, and combined with her indomitable spirit, enabled her to explore Europe and the Middle East with her partner Mary Booth. Over the next six months her outstanding collection will be redisplayed at the Silk Museum, whilst essential work is carried out at West Park Museum. From Saturday 24th November.
The Between Floors Gallery features Charles Tunnicliffe: A Cheshire Countryman, works by the acclaimed artist.