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The development of the silk industry in Macclesfield is told through an award-winning audio-visual program, textiles and exhibits. The museum is housed within the Heritage Centre, built in 1813 as a Sunday School to provide education for the children who worked in the silk mills. The centerpiece of the display is the Macclesfield Standard, woven in 1947. The embroidery, including gold wiring was done by A W Hewetson Ltd of Macclesfield; at that time the country's leading machine embroidery firm; other exhibits include a hand-sewn quilt made entirely from silk cigarette cards, examples of maps printed on silk and carried by airmen in the 2nd World War known as 'escape maps,' embroidered greetings cards produced in Paris and sent home by soldiers during World War I, and commemorative handkerchiefs. Research facilities available by appointment; conference facilities available. Museum open all year. Tel: (01625) 613210, Fax: (01625) 617880,

Location: Roe Street, Macclesfield SK116UT

Other History nearby:
(Manchester) Imperial War Museum - North
(Derby) Kedleston Hall and Park
(Sheffield) Kelham Island Museum
(Macclesfield) Macclesfield Silk Museum

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