What’s On

Macclesfield Museums What’s On Guide – Craft workshops, the latest cinema releases, classical music performances, history talks, presentations and exhibitions. Activities taking place at The Silk Museum, The Old Sunday School and West Park Museum.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Silk Heritage Trust: Building Closure

Caring for the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff  is our priority. Following  advice from Public Health England on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, The Silk Heritage Trust has decided from Wednesday 18 March 2020 that all our venues – The Old Sunday School – including Cinemac, The Silk Museum, Paradise Mill and West Park will remain closed to the public until further notice and all events have been cancelled.

We believe that we must do all that we can to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our community and audiences.

As this is a rapidly changing situation, up to date information will be published on our website and across social media.

We look forward to welcoming you back as soon as the situation allows.

John Varney, Chair and Catherine Dewar, Vice Chair, Silk Heritage Trust

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POSTPONED: Revealing Our Paintings - Saturday 28th March - West Park Museum

POSTPONED: Revealing Our Paintings - Saturday 28th March - West Park Museum

Join conservator Phillip Bourne as he discusses the process, impact and importance of picture conservation using the collection of artwork on display in West Park Museum.

Learn about conservation and see it in action with a live demonstration on one of our paintings.

Includes tea and cakes.

Date and Time: Saturday 28th March, 3pm
Location: West Park Museum
Give what you can donation

POSTPONED: Objects Tell Stories, Thursday 9th April, 7pm - The Old Sunday School

POSTPONED: Objects Tell Stories, Thursday 9th April, 7pm - The Old Sunday School

Where do creativity and history meet? How do folk tales and archaeological finds combine to reveal traditions that have survived across centuries?

Author Elizabeth Garner joins archaeologist Dr. Tim Campbell Green for a fascinating evening of readings, discussion and demonstration. Stories will be told and objects will be shared.

Elizabeth and Tim will unpack ‘caches’ of ritual objects discovered in the boundary places of chimneys and doorways and match these to the tales of the characters who dwell there – the welcome and the not so welcome guests.

They’ll be revealing how ordinary objects are transformed by ritual into extraordinary objects of protection: the prayer held in a bent coin, the placing of the pins to keep the Changelings at bay and many more besides.

Expect magic, mystery and mischief in this exploration of a treasure trove of folklore belief that still speaks to the modern world.

Elizabeth will be reading excerpts from her collection of Folk Tales, Lost & Found which is being published by Unbound.

DATE & TIME: Thursday 9th April 2020. 7-8.30pm

LOCATION: The Old Sunday School, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6UT

PRICE & BOOKING: Tickets £10. Book here

Meridith Towne: The Victorian Dressmaker Saturday 13th March 2021 - The Old Sunday School

Meridith Towne: The Victorian Dressmaker Saturday 13th March 2021 - The Old Sunday School

Gorgeous gowns, fantastic frills, dramatic decoration and luscious lace abound in this talk celebrating the skill of the Victorian dressmaker.

Celebrate the sumptuous styles of the era whilst sparing a thought for the women who made them.

Meridith Towne, Costume Historian & Dressmaker, will show what the seamstress wears to make a lady’s fabulous new frock with original examples on display for you to study and admire.

Followed by Tea coffee and delicious cake.

DATE & TIME: Saturday 13th March 2021

CORONA VIRUS UPDATE: Tickets originally purchased for Saturday 25th April 2020 will automatically be transferred to the rescheduled event date, and refunds will be available if you can’t attend the new date.

LOCATION: The Whitaker Room, The Old Sunday School, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6UT

PRICE & BOOKING: Tickets cost £12 per person or £10 for Friends of Macclesfield Silk Heritage members. Includes tea and cake refreshments.

Tickets available from the Silk Museum Shop on Park Lane or call 01625 612045 to purchase tickets over the phone, and collect on the door.

BECOME A FRIEND

For further information about the benefits of joining the Friends of Macclesfield Silk Heritage, contact [email protected]

POSTPONED: Silkopoly Wednesday 13th May - The Old Sunday School

POSTPONED: Silkopoly Wednesday 13th May - The Old Sunday School

Join Beryl Footman and the  Friend’s for a fun night of ‘Silkopoly’ – Macclesfield’s version of Monopoly!

Pass Go and buy up the whole of Macclesfield in one night! – Evening includes tea cakes and a Cognac Raffle.

DATE & TIME: Wednesday 13th May 2020 at 7.30pm

LOCATION: The Whitaker Room, The Old Sunday School, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6UT

PRICE & BOOKING: Tickets cost £6 per person or £5 for Friends of Macclesfield Silk Heritage members. Includes tea and cake refreshments.

Tickets available from the Silk Museum Shop on Park Lane, or call 01625 612045 to purchase tickets over the phone, and collect on the door.

BECOME A FRIEND

For further information about the benefits of joining the Friends of Macclesfield Silk Heritage, contact [email protected]

POSTPONED: The Silk Road Wednesday 10th June - The Old Sunday School

POSTPONED: The Silk Road Wednesday 10th June - The Old Sunday School

Join Sue Mason for a fascinating evening exploring the Silk Road.

DATE & TIME: Wednesday 10th June, 7.30pm.

LOCATION: Room TBC in 2020 – The Old Sunday School, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6UT

PRICE & BOOKING: Tickets cost £6 per person or £5 for Friends of Macclesfield Silk Heritage members. Includes tea and cake refreshments.

Tickets available from the Silk Museum Shop on Park Lane, or call 01625 612045 to purchase tickets over the phone, and collect on the door.

BECOME A FRIEND

For further information about the benefits of joining the Friends of Macclesfield Silk Heritage, contact [email protected]

 

 

CURRENTLY CLOSED: Cinemac Listings - The Old Sunday School

CURRENTLY CLOSED: Cinemac Listings - The Old Sunday School

The home of Macclesfield’s much-loved neighbourhood cinema, Cinemac, showing the latest films and live satellite screenings using state of the art digital projection equipment, with a bar open 30 minutes before selected performances, serving tea, coffee, prosecco, wine, beer and spirits.

LOCATION

The Old Sunday School, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6UT.

PRICES & TICKETS

To purchase tickets and keep up to date with Cinemac’s exciting programme of daily screenings visit their website cinemac.org.uk

POSTPONED: Benjamin Powell, piano | Northern Chamber Orchestra Saturday 21st March - The Old Sunday School

POSTPONED: Benjamin Powell, piano | Northern Chamber Orchestra Saturday 21st March - The Old Sunday School

Mozart – Divertimento in F K138 | Tchaikovsky – Elegy | Shostakovich – Concerto no 1 for piano, trumpet and string orchestra | Handel arr. Manson – Violin sonata in D | Mozart -Divertimento in D K251

Pianist Benjamin Powell joins us in Macclesfield for an evening bookended with Mozart divertimentos. He plays Shostakovich’s first piano concerto, written in 1933, which sees the trumpet in frequent dialogue with the piano.

Preceding the Shostakovich is Tchaikovsky’s Elegy, and we also hear our composer in residence and double bass player James Manson’s take on Handel’s Violin sonata in D.

DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 7:30-9:30pm

LOCATION: The Auditorium, Old Sunday School, Roe Street, SK11 6UT

PRICE & TICKETS: Tickets: £22 stalls, £17 gallery | Full Time Students and Under 18s Free To purchase, and further details, click here 

Please note that this concert originally featured violinist Chloë Hanslip as soloist.

POSTPONED: Northern Chamber Orchestra Soloists Saturday 18th April - The Old Sunday School

POSTPONED: Northern Chamber Orchestra Soloists Saturday 18th April - The Old Sunday School

Beethoven – String Quartet in B flat op 130/133 | Beethoven – Septet

In celebration of the 250th anniversary year of Beethoven’s birth, our traditional annual NCO Soloists concert gives our principal players the chance to enjoy some of the limelight and features two of his most celebrated chamber works.

Beethoven’s String Quartet op 130, played in the original version with the massive and notorious Grosse Fuge as finale, is the most substantial of the late great quartets, which mystified audiences of that time.

The Septet, scored for clarinet, horn, bassoon, violin, viola, cello and double bass, is one of Beethoven’s most successful and popular works – an uplifting piece of music that is rewarding and enjoyable for the musicians and audience alike.

DATE & TIME: Saturday 18th April, 7.30-9.30pm

LOCATION: The Auditorium, Old Sunday School, Roe Street, SK11 6UT

PRICE & TICKETS: On general sale Monday 1 July 2019. Season ticket renewals and Friends should call 0161 247 2220.

Tickets: £22 stalls, £17 gallery | Full Time Students and Under 18s Free To purchase, and further details, click here 

POSTPONED: Anthony Marwood, violin | Northern Chamber Orchestra Saturday 16th May - The Old Sunday School

POSTPONED: Anthony Marwood, violin | Northern Chamber Orchestra Saturday 16th May - The Old Sunday School

James Manson – New Commission | Haydn – Symphony no 101 in D major ‘The Clock’ | Beethoven – Violin Concerto op 61

Superb British violinist Anthony Marwood is equally at home playing the great concertos, chamber music and pioneering new works. We eagerly await his interpretation of Beethoven’s Olympian Violin Concerto.

The concert begins with a new piece specially composed by our principal double bass player and resident composer, James Manson. Previous
compositions heard in Macclesfield, Meeting at Nisqueunia and Softly Pleads my Song were very well received.

Haydn was 61 when he visited London for the second time and must have revelled in the huge popularity he had there. His D major symphony has a large-scale grandeur alongside sophisticated wit and broad humour together with his inexhaustible inventiveness.

DATE & TIME: Saturday 16th May, 7.30-9.30pm

LOCATION: The Auditorium, Old Sunday School, Roe Street, SK11 6UT

PRICE & TICKETS: On general sale Monday 1 July 2019. Season ticket renewals and Friends should call 0161 247 2220.

Tickets: £22 stalls, £17 gallery | Full Time Students and Under 18s Free To purchase, and further details, click here 

POSTPONED: Floral Wreath Workshop Thursday 5th & Saturday 14th March - The Silk Musuem

POSTPONED: Floral Wreath Workshop Thursday 5th & Saturday 14th March - The Silk Musuem

Join Becky for an evening of floral craft where you will learn to create your very own stunning floral door wreath.

Choose from a bounty of silk/faux flowers and foliage in a wide selection of colours and styles to suit your taste. You will learn how to create a beautiful floral wreath with all materials and tools provided.

This workshop is suitable for 16+ light refreshments will be provided, please let me know prior to the workshop of any dietary requirements.

DATES & TIMES: 

Thursday 5th March 6.30-9.30pm

Saturday 14th March 10.30-1pm

LOCATION: Makers’ Place, The Silk Museum, Park Lane SK11 6TJ

PRICE & BOOKING: The price of this workshop is £60. Full payment is required to secure your place, to book email:
[email protected]

POSTPONED: Learn to Crochet Workshops Saturday 21st March - The Silk Museum

POSTPONED: Learn to Crochet Workshops Saturday 21st March - The Silk Museum

Crochet for beginners – Aimed at complete novice/refresher level.

This workshop will teach you how to hold the yarn and hook correctly, making chain stitches and treble stitches, giving you the skills to make a Granny Square; a super versatile first project.

Warning: taking this workshop can lead to an addiction of gorgeous yarns and a relaxed, calm mind. Learning to crochet will make you feel less stressed, very creative and fantastically proud of your skills!

There will only be 2 places per workshop so that I can devote a high level of tuition and attention to you.

I will provide all materials & equipment for the purpose of the workshop as well as a lovely piece of cake & refreshments.

DATES & TIMES:

Saturday 21st March 10.30am – 12.30 or 1.30pm – 3.30pm

LOCATION: Makers’ Place, Silk Museum, Park Lane SK11 6TJ

PRICE & BOOKING: Cost only £25 per person. Places are limited and book up quickly

To secure your place & arrange payment contact Lisa by email:
[email protected]

Fee is refundable up to 7 days before the workshop

POSTPONED: Handprinted Make Up Bag Workshop - Print and Stitch Saturday 28th March & 30th May - The Silk Museum

POSTPONED: Handprinted Make Up Bag Workshop - Print and Stitch Saturday 28th March & 30th May - The Silk Museum

Handprinted Make Up Bag Workshop – Print and Stitch with Posner and Posner – Susan and Naomi.

Saturday 28th March 2020 and Saturday 30th May
Full Day Workshop- 10-4pm
The Silk Museum – Macclesfield
£50 pp

Please book online to secure your place.
5 places per workshop.

Learn to handprint and sew your very own cotton canvas zipped make up bag. A variety of colours and prints will be available to use.

We will start the day by teaching you how to hand screenprint fabric with lightweight thermofax screens and waterbased eco inks. Experimenting with layers, pattern and colour.

After lunch, you will then use your handprinted fabric to construct and sew a stylish zipped make up bag with contrast lining.

All fabrics, zips, materials, patterns, inks, screens and sewing equipment needed to make/sew your new make up bag will be provided.

You are welcome to bring your own sewing machine to use, please let me know when you book your place.

Please bring an apron to protect your clothes while you are printmaking.

Bring yourself a packed lunch or pop out to get lunch from the local sandwich shop.

Coffee and cake will be available to purchase on the day.

To Book: Email [email protected]

POSTPONED: Goal Setting & Vision Board Workshop - Tuesday 31st March - The Silk Museum

POSTPONED: Goal Setting & Vision Board Workshop - Tuesday 31st March - The Silk Museum

Get inspired to smash your goals with an evening of mindfulness with Gemma of Mantra + Moon.

In this workshop, we will do some self-reflection and map out our ideas and big dreams with a few mindfulness activities including journaling and a bit of colouring in.

Then we will get creative and each put together a bold vision board that inspires you to keep on track with your goals every single day.

A variety of magazines, imagery, quotes, decorative papers and art materials will be available for you to use so that you can create something beautiful to keep as a lovely reminder of your goals. All you need to do is bring yourself and an open mind.

Your vision board can be aimed at all areas of your life or something specific such as business or career goals.

This workshop will take place at Makers’ Place inside the Silk Museum located on Park Lane in Macclesfield at 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

Tea, coffee and cake will be provided.

£30 per person. Full payment is required on booking.

To book your spot or if you have any questions, please contact Gemma at [email protected]

POSTPONED: Needle Felted Hare Workshop Saturday 8th April - The Silk Museum

POSTPONED: Needle Felted Hare Workshop Saturday 8th April - The Silk Museum

Learn how to make a needle-felt Hare and you will learn about needle felting equipment/tools, processes and techniques.

This is a fun and therapeutic craft that produces amazing creations, suitable for all skill levels.

The toolkit you use will be yours to keep, so that you can continue needle felting… which you will definitely want to. Tea, coffee and cake are provided, however you will need to bring a light lunch.

DATE & TIME:Saturday 8th April 10-4pm

LOCATION: The Silk Museum, Park Lane SK11 6TJ

PRICE & BOOKING: The cost is £50 and payment in full will secure your place (payments will only be refunded if attendee’s can provide 2 weeks notice, an alternative date may be offered if space allows)

To book a place please email: [email protected]

POSTPONED: Needle Felted Donkey Workshop Saturday 25th April - The Silk Museum

POSTPONED: Needle Felted Donkey Workshop Saturday 25th April - The Silk Museum

Learn how to make a needle-felt Donkey and you will learn about needle felting equipment/tools, processes and techniques.

This is a fun and therapeutic craft that produces amazing creations, suitable for all skill levels.

The toolkit you use will be yours to keep, so that you can continue needle felting… which you will definitely want to. Tea, coffee and cake are provided, however you will need to bring a light lunch.

DATE & TIME:Saturday 25th April 10-4pm

LOCATION: The Silk Museum, Park Lane SK11 6TJ

PRICE & BOOKING: The cost is £50 and payment in full will secure your place (payments will only be refunded if attendee’s can provide 2 weeks notice, an alternative date may be offered if space allows)

To book a place please email: [email protected]

POSTPONED: Needle Felted 2D Picture Workshop Saturday 2nd May - The Silk Museum

POSTPONED: Needle Felted 2D Picture Workshop Saturday 2nd May - The Silk Museum

You will discover how to needle felt a 2D picture and add embroidered embellishment and you will learn about needle felting equipment/tools, processes and techniques.

This is a fun and therapeutic craft that produces amazing creations, suitable for all skill levels.

The toolkit you use will be yours to keep, so that you can continue needle felting… which you will definitely want to. Tea, coffee and cake are provided, however you will need to bring a light lunch.

DATE & TIME: Saturday 2nd May 10-3.45pm

LOCATION: The Silk Museum, Park Lane SK11 6TJ

PRICE & BOOKING: The cost is £55 and payment in full will secure your place (payments will only be refunded if attendee’s can provide 2 weeks notice, an alternative date may be offered if space allows)

To book a place please email: [email protected]

POSTPONED: Flower Crown Workshop Thursday 7th and Saturday 9th May - The Silk Museum

POSTPONED: Flower Crown Workshop Thursday 7th and Saturday 9th May - The Silk Museum

Learn to make your own beautiful handmade flower crown, perfect for summer festivals, hen parties or the finishing touch to your wedding outfit.

Be inspired by a bounty of high quality silk/faux flowers and foliage and create your own unique design. You will learn how to structure your crown for shape, variety and fit, select your flowers from a wide range of colours to suit your taste and style. All materials are included in the price of this workshop.

Light refreshments will be provided, please ensure you email over any dietary requirements prior to the workshop.

DATES & TIMES: 

Thursday 7th May 6.30-9pm

Saturday 9th May10.30-1pm

LOCATION: The Silk Museum, Park Lane SK11 6TJ

PRICE & BOOKING: £36.00 per person. To book contact – [email protected]