The Archaeologist & the Magical Storytelling Machine

The Archaeologist & the Magical Storytelling Machine

Tuesday 18th – Friday 21st February, 1-2pm each day.
The Museum will be open as normal from 2pm, with lots of activities to enjoy.

Wonderful West Park Museum and its eclectic collection of treasures have inspired the fabulously funny and inventive theatre company Babbling Vagabonds, to create a new event for children and adults of all ages who love making stories come alive.

An archaeologist has been travelling the world looking for clues as to how people lived in the past. He’s arrived at the Museum to tell us some stories, but his amazing storytelling machine has broken and he needs your help to fix it! Together, you’ll create a new story for the archaeologist, making shadow puppets and gathering objects to help him tell his fantastical tale.

Babbling Vagabonds are an award-winning theatre company who specialise in creating the most original, interactive, fun-filled shows for children, young people and their families. They’re experts in telling wise old tales and conjuring up crafty new ones.

Tickets are now sold out, but some may be available on the door.

West Park Museum is open over Half Term from Saturday 15th to Friday 21st Feb 1-4pm (from 2pm on show days). There’ll be plenty of activities to enjoy including our famous eye-spy trails. On Saturday 15th, we’ll be hosting our ever-popular tote bag screen printing and badge-making. Admission to the museum is free, with donations always welcome.

Across the Sahara with Sir Philip & Lady Brocklehurst Saturday 22nd February - West Park Museum

Across the Sahara with Sir Philip & Lady Brocklehurst Saturday 22nd February - West Park Museum

We bring the history of West Park Museum to life with a talk about the ever-adventurous Brocklehursts – Sir Philip and Lady Edith’s 5,000-mile journey from Algiers to Khartoum by car. The year is 1930 and the locals have warned them against this foolhardy undertaking!

The Swythamley Historical Society return to West Park with their inimitable presentation, complete with unique archive photographs and three Lady Ediths!

DATE & TIME: Saturday 22nd February, doors open at 2.30pm.

LOCATION: West Park Museum, Prestbury Road, Macclesfield SK10 3BJ

PRICE & TICKETS: Donation of £5 appreciated, in aid of the Friends of Macclesfield Silk Museum. Refreshments available.

Please note – no parking on-site. The nearest public car park is 6 minute walk away, Whalley Hayes SK10 1BS.

Sketching & Crafts  Day Saturday 29th February - The Old Sunday School

Sketching & Crafts Day Saturday 29th February - The Old Sunday School

Saturday 29th February, 10am-4pm.

We’re inviting you to celebrate leap year with a day of sketching at the Old Sunday School. Come and sketch our Tunnicliffe collection or book onto one of our workshops. Admission to the Old Sunday School and Charles Tunnicliffe collection is free and there’s no need to book.

Paper sculpture for children 6+
10am-noon, £7.50
A nature-inspired art session where the children will make their very own 3D paper sculpture. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Silk painting
1pm-3pm, £10

Julie Longbottom, an artist and art teacher, will guide you as you make your own silk painting, inspired by Charles Tunnicliffe.  No prior experience necessary. 16+. Limited places per session.

Twigs and Ink and Candlewax; Adventures in mark-making with Patty Callaghan
10am-noon, £10

Explore the marks and textures that can be created using sharpened sticks dipped in ink and wax resist. Inspired by Tunnicliffe’s bird studies, you’ll experiment with these techniques within figurative drawing. Wear old clothes! 16+

Stitch Meditation
11am-1pm, £30 (includes sessions on Sat 7th and Sat 14th March)
Forget life’s stresses and enter a state of present awareness and playfulness whilst stitching and making with a group of like-minded people. You’ll be semi-guided through a stitch project transforming recycled ‘scraps’ of fabric, thread, paper, lace, buttons and mixed media resources into your own small, unique pieces of textile art.

Materials will be provided, though you’re welcome to bring any interesting or inspiring pieces of fabric, thread, paper etc. If you have a needle too, that’s great.

Tickets for all workshops are available from the Silk Museum Shop on Park Lane or call 01625 612045 to buy them over the phone and collect on the door. We regret that we’re unable to provide refunds if you don’t attend or choose to cancel.  

Admission to the Old Sunday School and the Tunnicliffe collection is FREE, 10am-4pm. No need to book.

History Wardrobe: Secret Life of Knitting Saturday 7th March - The Old Sunday School

History Wardrobe: Secret Life of Knitting Saturday 7th March - The Old Sunday School

The History Wardrobe presents ‘The Secret Life of Knitting: Spies, Codes, Cuddles & Survival’.

Journey beyond the basic knit-one-purl-one to learn more about the amazing history of knitwear and crochet. From Egyptian socks and Royal vests to playful ponchos and radical yarn bombing!

DATE & TIME: Saturday 7th March 2020. 10am  tea, coffee and cakes followed by presentation at 11am.

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

PRICE & BOOKING: Tickets cost £15 per person or £13 for Friends of Macclesfield Silk Heritage members. Includes tea and cake refreshments.

Tickets available from the Silk Museum Shop on Park Lane or Macclesfield Visitor Centre. 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]

 

Meridith Towne: The Victorian Dressmaker Saturday 25th April - The Old Sunday School

Meridith Towne: The Victorian Dressmaker Saturday 25th April - 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 25th April 2020, 2pm

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]

 

 

Silkopoly Wednesday 13th May - The Old Sunday School

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]

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

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]

 

 

Cinemac Listings - The Old Sunday School

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

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

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.

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

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 

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

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 

Handmade Cork Embroidered Notebook Workshop Tuesday 25th February - The Silk Museum

Handmade Cork Embroidered Notebook Workshop Tuesday 25th February - The Silk Museum

During this workshop, you will create a hand bound cork notebook with your own embroidered pattern or quote design on the front.

We will create a simple saddle stitched notebook then design a quote that will be stitched into the front cover.

A variety of cork fabric and embroidery threads will be available for you to use so that you can create something super unique.

All fabrics, materials and equipment needed to make your notebook will be provided. Tea, coffee and cake will be provided. This workshop is suitable for age 16+

DATE & TIME: Tuesday 25th February 6:30pm – 9pm

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

PRICE & BOOKING: £35 per person. Full payment is required on booking.

Book your spot at https://mantraandmoon.com/shop/handmade-cork-embroidered-notebook-workshop/

If you have any questions, please contact Gemma at [email protected]

Needle Felted Wren on a Bobbin Workshop Saturday 29th February - The Silk Museum

Needle Felted Wren on a Bobbin Workshop Saturday 29th February - The Silk Museum

Learn how to make a needle-felt Wren on a bobbin 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 29th February 10-3.45pm

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]

French Bead Your Own Earrings Workshop Saturday 29th February - The Silk Museum

French Bead Your Own Earrings Workshop Saturday 29th February - The Silk Museum

In this 2.5 hour workshop Heidi will teach you basic French Beading technique. You will learn how to use a bead spinner to load and weave seed beads into beautiful petal shapes for use in ornament or accessory making.

By the end of your workshop you will have made a pair of super stylish earrings to take home with you.

All materials and light refreshments are included.

DATE & TIME:  Saturday 29th February 10.30-1pm

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

PRICE & BOOKING: This workshop costs £30. Full payment is required on booking. Email [email protected] to book your place.

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

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]

Coptic Stitch Notebook Workshop Tuesday 17th March - The Silk Museum

Coptic Stitch Notebook Workshop Tuesday 17th March - The Silk Museum

During this workshop, you will create a beautiful hard back notebook bound using the Coptic Stitch binding technique.

A variety of decorative handmade paper and binding threads will be available for you to use so that you can create something super unique.

All materials and equipment needed to make your notebook will be provided. Tea, coffee and cake will be provided. This workshop is suitable for age 16+

DATE & TIME: Tuesday 17th March 6.30-9pm

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

PRICE & BOOKING: £35 per person. Full payment is required on booking. Book your spot at https://mantraandmoon.com/shop/coptic-stitch-notebook-workshop/. If you have any questions, please contact Gemma at [email protected]

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

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

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

Handprinted Make Up Bag Workshop - Print and Stitch Saturday 28th March & 30th May - The Sillk 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]

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

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]

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

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]

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

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]

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

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]

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

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]