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“The silk road ends here!”

The Silk Museum & Paradise Mill
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Follow the journey of silk making, from cocoon to loom at The Silk Museum. As well as the stunning displays of silk items, there is a fascinating programme of temporary exhibitions to enjoy. Paradise Mill is next door. Step back into the 1930s with a guided tour; see restored Jacquard looms and machinery, and watch as they weave their magic!
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 29 July 2013

This is a gem of a museum, and combined with The heritage Centre and the Mill gives a good overall picture of the history of silk, and Macclesfield's association with it historically. The Paradise Mill has machinery and you can see the intricacy of the weaving. In the museum there are also pieces of machinery and a wonderful gift of old sewing machines from Anne Morrell. If anyone has been to the Calico Museum in Ahmadabad in India they will have seen an exhibition of traditional embroidery stitches in Anne Morrell's name. The museum also has one-off exhibitions in the upstairs room. The exhibitions of embroidery are exquisite and Sue Rangeley's work was to die for (recent exhib.)

3  Thank macclesfieldgourmand
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

This museum not only tells you how to make silk from Worm to wearer and all the manufacturing processes, but provides a good social history of what life was like on low wages in the factories, and how this was affected by competition and free trade legislation. You will experience what life was like for children, mill owners, workers, and (when they were allowed) holidaymakers.I enjoyed seeing live silk worms feeding on Mulberry leaves.

3  Thank JohnClementHarrow
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Reviewed 19 July 2013

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!

2  Thank southendbootboy
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

I have no interest in silk, fabrics or fashion so I was not expecting much. What a shock. It must be one of the best industrial type museums in the country - and such an unsung gem. The array of antiquated machinery in the mill is superbly preserved and the guide was really enthusiatic and informative. The nearby Silk Museum is good but not awesome. Paradise Mill is awesome. Styal Mill is only 10 miles away and has such a high profile compared with this. In terms of value for money Paradise Mill beats Styal Mill hands down.

3  Thank HydeSeek
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Reviewed 15 June 2013

brilliant had 4 hours to do something started with the silk museum fantastic guided tour around the mill and a very nice educated tour it was. there are three museums about 7 pounds. worth every penny i did 2 attractions 5 pound .25 pence for both i didn't have time to do the heritage centre but will next time i am sure its worthwhile

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