Visit us – Silk Heritage Experience

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

Session 1: Paradise Mill tour

The children are 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.

The children will be provided with costumes to wear for their mill tour.

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

Session 2: Object Handling

In this session the children get to handle artefacts linked to the Silk Industry.  They will ask questions of the objects to try and identify them.  They will use this knowledge to create an object timeline for silk production.

Session 3: Weaving

Each child will make their own small woven material using a number of different materials.  This is a great opportunity for them to be creative while also learning about the process of weaving. 

Download a school booking form to be returned to [email protected]

Suitable for Year 2, KS2, KS3

We do not currently recommend the mill tour for younger visitors given the steps to get there and the height of the machinery.  If you are interested in a Silk experience for younger children please do get in touch.  We have videos that you can use in the classroom and a loan box may be more appropriate.

We are able, depending upon location, to visit schools to deliver object handling and weaving sessions.

£10.50 per pupil. 10am – 2pm. Maximum number of children 30 / one class.

The Silk Museum, Park Lane SK11 6TJ.

For further information visit our visits FAQ page

 “We all (children and adults!) had a wonderful day with you. The activities were well organised, engaging and just the right length – the children also loved being able to dress up in Victorian style clothes. We found that splitting the children into 3 groups of 10 and moving around the activities, worked well. I honestly cannot think of anything that could be improved! The staff were also friendly and made us feel very welcome – thank you for a memorable visit.”

Visiting school Summer 2022

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