We were just passing through Macclesfield but decided to stop for a couple of hours to look at the Museum. What an unexpected treat! Although it's a "split" site, the staff were very helpful in telling us what we could see and where we could see it. We were struck by the low cost of admission - and what good value that turned out to be!
Owing to time constraints we were more-or-less limited to the main site, showing the origins of silk and some silk products, but it was absolutely fascinating and very well laid out. There was a good introductory slide show, and then a tour of the exhibits that gave you a good grasp of the kinds of things produced. There was also an interesting focus on social conditions in the Macclesfield area as the silk industry waxed and waned. It was all fascinating, with well-displayed and well-labelled exhibits that were not too academic.
The Museum Shop was a bit pricey - to be expected given that silk is still a luxury item - but there were all sorts of interesting books and art and craft works there as well. We actually spent over £60 in the shop - by some margin a record for us in that kind of place!
We had lunch in the café - again, high quality and good value with an interesting choice of salads and snacks. I had a Walnut, Stilton and Pear Salad - imaginative and beautifully fresh.
The staff were uniformly helpful and friendly, which added to our enjoyment of the visit. All-in-all, a top-class visit - we'll be going back!
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