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Macclesfield Silk Museum
The Heritage Centre
Roe Street

SK11 6UT
Telephone: 01625 613 210
Fax: 01625 617 880
Email: postmaster@silk-macc.u-net.com

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Overview of collections

The museum aims to present the story of the silk manufacturing industry and associated local history through collections of machinery, ancillary equipment, tools, textiles, costume, photographs and archives and social history material relating to Macclesfield and other similar silk centres.

Overview of how collections are displayed

Displays present the history of silk and the silk industry in Macclesfield through objects, graphics and an award-winning AV programme. Newly designed exhibitions of 2002 feature the role of silk in fashion through displays of costume and textiles. The exhibitions also feature the story of the building (a former Sunday School) and the wider story of education in the town, with a Victorian Schoolroom used for role-play.

Star Objects at this location

Textiles and machinery related to the silk industry including 26 jacquard silk looms and examples of locally produced tie fabric; 1000 volumes of patterns; hand printing blocks.
Collection Descriptions
Archives Collection (Macclesfield Silk Museum)
There are c.1000 volumes in the pattern archive including patterns from Cartwright and Sheldon (former mill operators...
Biology Collection (Macclesfield Silk Museum)
Collection of birds eggs, silk moths and cocoons
Costume & Textile Collection (Macclesfield Silk Museum)
Costume ranges from late 18th century to mid 20th century and is contains a large proportion of women's clothing incl...
Fine Art Collection (Macclesfield Silk Museum)
A small collection of local scenes by local artists.
Oral History Collection (Macclesfield Silk Museum)
There are 450 oral history recordings, mainly with former workers in the silk industry.
Photographic Collection (Macclesfield Silk Museum)
A substantial collection of images of the silk industry and local areas.
Science & Industry Collection (Macclesfield Silk Museum)
Machinery, particularly made and/or used in Macclesfield has been restored for display and includes 26 hand jacquard ...
Social History Collection (Macclesfield Silk Museum)
Local history material includes domestic life items, typewriters, sewing machines, needlecraft, heating equipment, to...

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