Come and discover a wide range of fine and decorative art relating to local history, as well as a significant collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities at West Park Museum - one of four Macclesfield museums in the Silk Heritage Trust.
Donated in 1898 by Marianne Brocklehurst - the daughter of a wealthy Macclesfield silk merchant, local benefactor, explorer and artist - and her brother, Peter Pownall Brocklehurst, West Park Museum is home to a diverse range of fine art paintings, objects andmaterials from Macclesfield to Egypt.
Collections at West Park Museum range from art and displays created by local artists or relating to Macclesfield's history, to a significant collection of Egyptian antiquities, including a mummy case, objects that were buried with the dead and afterlife displays examining the process of mummification.
Visit West Park Museum and discover:
- The Famous Giant Panda
- Law and Order
- The Life of 18th Century Entrepreneur, Charles Roe
- The Works of Charles Tunnicliffe, one of the UK's Leading Wildlife Artists, Born in Langley near Macclesfield
- An Extensive Collection of Ancient Egyptian Antiquities, acquired by Marianne Brocklehurst between 1873-74, 1882-83 and 1890-91
- New for 2010, a display honouring the Mercian (Cheshires) Regiment, and those who gave their lives during the First and Second World Wars.
- Temporary Exhibitions Programme
Overseen by Linda Jones, our Education Manager, the Silk Heritage Trust offers a range of school trips and sessions, created to support Key Stages 1 and 2 of the National Curriculum.
As well as our numerous sessions in our other museums, West Park Museum is home to our Egyptian Experience:
Children are taken around the museum by 'Miss Marianne' and shown the ancient antiquities brought back from one of her many trips to Egypt. 'Miss Marianne' will show them the mummy case, explain the importance of amulets and Egyptian beliefs in death and the afterlife.
Children will then have the chance to handle reproduction artefacts, including ankhs and statues of cats. There is also plenty of time for questions and drawings.
Finally, school visitors can opt for making papyrus, or masks of Anubis and they can write messages using hieroglyphics.
Please call West Park Museum on 01625 619 831 for more information about our collections and displays and our schools service.
Please note that West Park Museum has Summer and Winter opening times:
Winter Opening Times: 2nd November - 2nd April
Tuesday to Sunday: 1pm - 4pm
Free entry for all.
Please note that children under the age of 16, accompanied by a paying adult, enjoy free entry to all of the Silk Heritage Trust museums.
Silk Heritage Trust
West Park Museum is part of the SIlk Heritage Trust. Please click on the links below for more information about our other museums:
The Silk Industry Museum
Please remember to mention The Best of Macclesfield when contacting West Park Museum.
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