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Monday, November 12, 2012

Macclesfield Silk Museum

Macclesfield has a long association with the silk industry and that history can best be understood by a visit to Macclesfield Silk Museum.

The museum traces the development of silk production from its earliest beginnings in China and charts the growth of the silk industry in Macclesfield, which at one time was the world's leading producer of finished silk from its over 70 working silk mills.

Macclesfield Silk Museum, Cheshire

On display are silk costumes, machinery for making silk thread and even a silk parachute.

Macclesfield Silk Museum, Cheshire

Macclesfield has other sites dedicated to its silk heritage including the Silk Industry Museum located in what was the Macclesfield School of Art, which trained designers for the silk trade and the restored Paradise Mill complete with 26 Jacquard Looms on the top floor. The one hour guided tour introduces the industrial process of silk weaving and gives an impression of 1930s' factory life.

Macclesfield Silk Museum displays

Macclesfield Silk Museum
The Heritage Centre
Roe Street
Macclesfield SK11 6UT
Tel: 01625 613210

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