Arts & Crafts

Arts & craft related events happening in Macclesfield and the surrounding areas.

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  • Tue
    23
    Jan
    2018
    Tue
    27
    Nov
    2018
    7:30 pmThe Salvation Army Church, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6XD

    Meetings are held at the Salvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield beginning at 7.30pm. Non members are very welcome. Admission £2.

    Tuesday 23rd Jan
    Vintage tools and other unusual items with John Hambleton.
    An entertainment in the form of a talk and a quiz about articles from the past.

    Tuesday 27th Feb
    What to do with 323 post cards a talk by Julie Bagnall.
    The background to the story of the cards that were in an Edwardian album left by two sisters.
    Bella married a Macclesfield man and had close connections with his family after her marriage.

    Tuesday 27th Mar
    The impact of Macclesfield’s Mayors in the Great War: Joseph Whitmore, Edwin Crew and Joseph Frost a talk by Peter Ramsden.

    Tuesday 24th Apr
    Tiptoe though the Tombstones a talk by Rina Tillinger.
    Uncovering poignant & quirky gravestone inscriptions and epitaphs many of which are local. £70+expenses from Chester

    Tuesday 22nd May
    Family History Top Tips a talk by Jean Ingram.
    Expenses
    Tuesday 26th Jun
    Reminiscences of Parkside Hospital a talk with many illustrations by Dennis Whyte.

    Tuesday 24th Jul
    A visit to King’s School with a chance to see the school and their archives.

    Tuesday 28th Aug
    The Munificent Sir John Leigh - the 'rags to riches' story of how his father (also John Leigh) developed into a leading cotton waste merchant a talk by Leslie Turner.
    Leslie talks about the closure and exhumation of 20,000 bodies from one of Manchester's top cemeteries, the horrors of the First World War, a story of landscape gardener Thomas H Mawson, the boll weevil and something about some of England's grand estates.

    Tuesday 25th Sep
    AGM & Talk about the FHSC website by Alan Bennett the webmaster.

    Tuesday 23rd Oct
    From copper to velvet; Havannah Cheshire's deserted village a talk by Ian Doughty. Havannah was one of the first industrial villages to be built. For over 200 years the village’s powered mills were used in the manufacture of copper sheet and brass wire, the spinning of silk, the production of Havannah cigars and of velvet. In the early 20th Century Havannah became a deserted village.

    Tuesday 27th Nov
    Monarchy and Dunham, the grey area - an illustrated talk by Peter Braun covering the history of Dunham Hall, the families, royal claims, intrigue, executions, power, passion and scandal.

  • Sat
    03
    Feb
    2018
    Sat
    31
    Mar
    2018
    The Silk Museum, Macclesfield Heritage Centre, Roe Street, Macclesfield

     

    Cheshire-based Intastitch Contemporary Textile Art group are exploring a sense of place through an exhibition of their work including over 60 diverse and unique textile pieces, hangings, sketchbooks and 3D vessels.

    Included in entry to The Silk Museum, or £2 to visit just the exhibition.

  • Sat
    10
    Feb
    2018
    Sun
    30
    Sep
    2018
    Little Moreton Hall, nr Congleton

    Sweet smell of the Tudors! Gentlewoman Anna Fielding with a nosegay of lavender, rosemary and bay, at Little Moreton Hall ⓒ Alan Ingram National Trust

    Little Moreton Hall Opens for 2018 Season on 10 Feb

    Not just the sights and sounds but the smells of the 16th Century will be featured at Little Moreton Hall during 2018.

    When the hall re-opens on 10 February, ‘Welcome to the 16th Scent-ury’ will focus on the aromas of Tudor times, with a special ‘You Smell’ trail appealing particularly to families. You will be able to sample the aromas of herbs such as tansy, lady’s bedstraw and meadowsweet; rich spices such as cinnamon, cloves and ‘grains of paradise’, and some exotic Tudor perfumes.

    But not everything will be idyllic.  Odours of sweat and damp wool, the smell of the privvy and the stench of rough, harsh tobacco will also be part of the experience.

    Little Moreton Hall ⓒ Alan Ingram/National Trust

    Anna Fielding, from the Hall, explained, ‘Country life in Tudor times involved a lot of hard physical toil. And you were dressed in heavy wool clothes. So some perspiration would be inevitable. You also tended your animals, undertook gruelling work in the dairy and had ‘interesting’ ideas about waste disposal.

    We would probably not be very happy about some of the smells wafting round. Even some of the perfumes favoured by the Tudors would not be to our taste.

    On the other hand, the Tudors would feel people today give off the scent of harsh chemicals. Sixteenth century ideas of keeping clean and of the way bodies interacted with the environment were not the same as ours. The smells we like or dislike would be different to those the Tudors felt strongly about and the reactions people had to various smells of everyday life in the past can give us a real insight into their way of thinking.

    ‘This wonderful old house is the ideal setting to explore those different attitudes and discover the way people really lived in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.  Last year we looked at the way the Tudors slept. Visitors had a great time discovering the rules and guidelines the Tudors followed to ensure a good night’s sleep. Once again, their ideas were different from ours.’

    Another feature of the new season at Little Moreton Hall will be Candlemas, a religious festival which centred on taking a candle to church to have it blessed.

    From 10 February you will be able to make your own candle and take in the aromas of beeswax and incense. Then, from Monday 19 February to Sunday 25 February dozens of artificial candles will bring a warm glow to the principal rooms of the hall.

    Little Moreton Hall is open seven days a week from 10 to 25 Feb, then Weds – Sun, 11am – 5pm.

    Candlemas Festival: 19 February – 25 February

    For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/littlemoretonhall or call 01260 272018.

  • Tue
    20
    Feb
    2018
    Thu
    31
    May
    2018

     

    West Park Museum

    Macclesfield Museums have got a range of activities to keep the kids happy over the holidays - February half term, Easter and May half term. There is something new to do at each of our venues every time: Tuesdays at West Park Museum (Prestbury Road), Wednesdays at The Old Sunday School (Roe Street), and Thursdays at The Silk Museum (Park Lane). Find out more at www.macclesfieldmuseums.co.uk

    POM POM PANDAS
    West Park Museum
    Tuesday 20 February, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    Make your own adorable panda figure based on our own Macc Panda.
    £3 per person

    EGYPTIAN EXPLORERS
    The Old Sunday School
    Wednesday 21 February, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    Meet explorer Marianne Brocklehurst and discover some Egyptian artefacts. Then just like Marianne create your own sketch book and diary to record your expedition!
    £3 per person

    The Silk Museum

    LET’S PRINT
    The Silk Museum
    Thursday 22 February, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    To celebrate the work of Macclesfield’s Charles Tunnicliffe, have a go at a range of different printing techniques.
    £5 per person

    CARTOUCHE CREATIONS
    West Park Museum
    Tuesday 3 April, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    Make a ‘carved’ tablet with your name in hieroglyphs out of air-hardening clay.
    £3 per person

    EGYPTIAN CROCODILES
    The Old Sunday School
    Wednesday 4 April, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    Victorian explorers often tried to bring back crocodiles as souvenirs of their adventures. Make the figure of Sobek, the Egyptian God of the Nile, who was depicted as a Nile crocodile and then make a climbing crocodile snapping at the explorers’ heels!
    £3 per person

    Old Sunday School

    UNDER THE MICROSCOPE
    The Silk Museum
    Thursday 5 April, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    Take a look at some small objects under the microscope, make them big to see their detail, then think of one of your favourite things and create it in miniature to fit into a matchbox. Decorate the matchbox and you have a tiny artwork to take away!
    £5 per person

    PROFESSOR MACE AND HIS AMAZING PANDA MEDALS
    West Park Museum
    Tuesday 10 April, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    Meet Professor Mace, explore some of his amazing discoveries and work with his assistant David to cast your own panda medal in tribute to our Macc Panda.
    £3 per person

    THE KNIGHT’S QUEST
    The Old Sunday School
    Wednesday 11 April, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    Celebrate St George’s Day by taking on the Knight’s Quest, making your own helmet and shield before going in search of the dragon.
    £3 per person

    STORYBOOK FINGER PUPPETS
    The Silk Museum
    Thursday 12 April, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    Macclesfield’s Charles Tunnicliffe illustrated lots of story books, particularly featuring animals and birds. Make a family of finger puppets to illustrate your own story.
    £5 per person

    ANUBIS MASK
    West Park Museum
    Tuesday 29 May, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    Make a mask of the Egyptian Jackal, or Dog-Headed God Anubis.
    £3 per person

    EGYPTIAN SCARABS AND AMULETS
    The Old Sunday School
    Wednesday 30 May, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    Create an Egyptian scarab complete with your own secret inscription along with an amulet to protect you in the ‘afterlife’.
    £3 per person

    WACKY MACHINES
    The Silk Museum
    Thursday 31 May, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    As part of our Jacquard Legacy project, make your own wacky machine combining some lowtech recycling with a little bit of technology.
    £5 per person

  • Wed
    28
    Feb
    2018
    St. Michael's Parish Church, Market Place, Macclesfield

    The Big Barnaby Update

    St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield
    Weds 28 February, 7-8.30pm


    It’s hard to believe, but Barnaby’s now only a matter of months away  (June 15th to 24th 2018). To find out how the programme’s shaping up and how you can be involved,  just pop along to St Michael’s on Wednesday 28th Feb. If you can’t make it, don’t worry – there’ll be other meetings in March and April, or you can email mail@barnabyfestival.co.uk to tell us you want to take part.

    Barnaby Parade 2018

    We’re getting the show on the road!


    The first Saturday of Barnaby is traditionally Parade day, and 2018 is no exception. If you’re involved with a local group, this is your chance to be a part of one of the best town parades in the country! Whether you’re a regular participant or a newcomer, it’s easy to get started. Parade organisers Macclesfield Community ArtSpace can offer ideas and inspiration around the Roots/Routes festival theme, and they also provide hands-on help with the practicalities. For more information and to register your group, visit the ArtSpace website.

    Your support

    Help make Barnaby 2018 happen


    Barnaby is one of Macclesfield’s greatest cultural assets, and we want to keep it that way; but Barnaby can’t happen without the town’s help. Every year it gets harder to find public money to cover the Festival’s costs, so if you, or your company or organisation, can offer Barnaby financial support we’d love to hear from you. You can email mandy@barnabyfestival.org.uk and find out how you can help keep Barnaby working for Macclesfield.

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  • Sat
    03
    Mar
    2018
    10.00 am to 4.00 pmThe Silk Museum, Macclesfield Heritage Centre, Roe Street, Macclesfield

    Inspired by the new BBC Civilisations TV series, this study day will explore the impact and legacy of the silk industry, with exclusive access to items from The Silk Museum’s reserve collections and a private tour of Paradise Mill.

    A range of guest speakers will be offering insights into different aspects of the silk trade: Rachel Midgley, Curator at Gawthorpe Textiles Collection, Gawthorpe Hall, will be discussing silk fashions; Sara Jane Murray will be showing items from her personal collection and talking about the fascinating escape and evade silk maps printed in Macclesfield during World War II, which were re-used as fabric on the Home Front.

    £30, including lunch.  Booking is essential as places are limited; call 01625 613210 or pop in to The Old Sunday School shop.  Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any special dietary requirements.
    For more details visit macclesfieldmuseums.co.uk/events/bbc-silk

  • Sat
    10
    Mar
    2018
    10.00 am to 4.00 pmThe Silk Museum, Macclesfield Heritage Centre, Roe Street, Macclesfield

    Under guidance from textile artist Anne Davis, you will learn the process of wet-felting, including simple techniques such as blending fibres, layering, and decorating a fibre base.  The workshop is suitable for complete beginners; all you need is lots of imagination.  Please bring an apron, old towel and a rolling pin.

    Materials will be available for purchase on the day.  £20.  For more information and to book contact Wilmslow Guild on 01625 523903 or www.wilmslowguild.org.

  • Sat
    17
    Mar
    2018
    11:00 amOld Sunday School and Heritage Centre, Roe Street, Macclesfield

    11 am (preceded by coffee and cakes at 10am)

    Celebrating the life and times of the Queen of Crime, including dazzling Deco fashions to intrigue and inspire.
    £10/£8 (Friends), purchase tickets in person at The Old Sunday School shop or call 01625 613210.

    Please let us know if you would like to join us for coffee and cake at the time of booking to receive your special ticket at no extra charge.

     

  • Sat
    07
    Apr
    2018
    Sat
    26
    May
    2018
    The Silk Museum, Macclesfield Heritage Centre, Roe Street, Macclesfield

    Cwilt Cymru is a group of individual quilt artists, all living in, or with a connection to Wales. This is their third joint collection to be exhibited.

    The title of the exhibition, Cynefin, loosely translated means “a place or time where we instinctively feel we belong or feel most connected, a habitat; to be familiar with or accustomed to.” This unique layered Welsh word is pronounced ‘kerrnevin’.

    Each artist has interpreted the theme in their own way to produce related contemporary textile pieces.

    Included in entry to The Silk Museum, or £2 to visit just the exhibition.

  • Sat
    21
    Apr
    2018
    Sun
    22
    Apr
    2018
    10 am to 5 pmSandbach town centre

    This year new elements of the show are promising to make it the best ever!

    In addition to the usual displays of vehicles (including lorries, buses, military, steam, cars, motorbikes and trikes), the arts exhibition, music festival and Fodens band – this year we will be joined by the TruckTown Art Festival, performed by SparepArts artists, funded by the Arts Council of England.

    Visitors will see a multitude of transport themed performers. On Saturday this will include the construction of the displays as well as the actual festival on the Sunday, during both days younger visitors will be encouraged to join in.

    Sunday will be a full day of events from 10 am till 5 pm with the Grand Finale being the parade of SparepArts Street Artists from the High Street to the Commons Car Park.

    This will be very much a family event with something for everyone – come and enjoy a great weekend – keep up to date by following us on Facebook (Sandbach Transport Festival).

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