Exhibitions and shows taking place in and around Macclesfield.

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  • Sat
    The Silk Museum, Heritage Centre, Roes Street, Macclesfield

    New textile art exhibition by Threadmill at The Silk Museum

    The Silk Route: A Never-Ending Journey

    The Silk Museum, 16 September - 10 November 2017 

    This autumn, The Silk Museum will be bursting at the seams with stunning stitchwork by North West textile artists, Threadmill. Founded in 1995, Threadmill have been working tirelessly to promote stitch and textiles through displays and workshops. For this exhibition, the group has taken inspiration from the museum’s collections to create a journey through the countries of the Silk Road.

    Each of the 14 members have a very distinct style, using different techniques to interpret the artefacts and express themselves. Their creations range from hand sewn to machine-stitched embroideries, with stumpwork, patchwork, knitted, crocheted, woven and needle-felted elements.

    Join Threadmill members for a drop-in craft workshop on Thursday 26 October between 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Make a small fabric panel decorated with a Silk Road camel, and embellish it with colourful beads, trimmings and threads. £5 per person, no need to book. Visitors of all ages are welcome to participate.

    Threadmill Group Statement: “Threadmill was formed in 1995 by a group of like-minded artists in the North West of England. The members have a wide range of backgrounds; most have recognised vocational qualifications or degrees in Art and Design subjects and many also teach in schools and colleges. We all share an enthusiasm for creativity whilst using textiles as our principal means of artistic expression.

    By working in a group we hope to provide support to the individual and therefore allow each artist to develop, by giving a focus and setting targets. We meet regularly to exchange ideas and are keen to explore new avenues. To create a group identity we work to a theme for each exhibition; this ensures that the work has a common link while allowing individuals to express themselves freely.

    We are committed to the promotion of textiles as both a decorative and expressive art form and hope to increase awareness and education through our exhibitions and workshops.”


  • Sat
    Staffordshire County Showground, Weston Rd, Stafford, Staffordshire ST18 0BD

    It’s just over a month until the world’s biggest and best celebration of classic motorcycles comes to Staffordshire County Showground.

    The Carole Nash Classic Mechanics Show takes place over the weekend of October 14-15 and it’s no exaggeration to say this year’s event may be the best ever.

    No Stafford show is complete without a great guest of honour and the Classic Mechanics Show is no exception, with flying Kiwi Aaron Slight – undoubtedly the best rider never to win the World Superbike title – taking centre stage.

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    As fast and smooth on the track as he was flamboyant and controversial off it, and often sporting a multi-coloured Mohican haircut, Slight will have some entertaining tales to share with the Stafford audience.

    Exhibition manager Nick Mowbray said: “We are so excited to have Aaron Slight at this year’s Carole Nash Classic Mechanics Show. With more than a decade racing in the World Superbike series, the New Zealander will have plenty of great races to draw from.”

    On site will be nearly 1000 trade and autojumble stalls, stunning club stands and private entries – the perfect place for any classic motorcycle fan to pick up that elusive part and meet thousands of other like-minded individuals.

    There will also be a Suzuki Village overflowing with famous race bikes produced by Suzuki over the years, including the 1976 and 1977 world championship winning RG500s rode by Barry Sheene.

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    This year’s Classic Racer Grand Prix Paddock promises to be the best ever, with a stunning display of Honda RC45 race bikes. Guest of honour Aaron will be drawn to the display as a large part of his World Super Bike career was as a factory Honda rider on just such a machine.

    All of the RCs assembled have genuine racing history, including Jim Moody’s TT record-breaking factory bike, and many of them will be fired up during the weekend.

    The Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club, the UK’s premier club for classic Japanese bikes, will be running the unique Restoration Theatre, sharing their combined years of knowledge and experience with visitors; not to be missed if you have an interest in restoring bikes.

    If it’s off-road bikes you’re after then check out the Classic Dirt Bike Hall, which will hold some of the tastiest off-road machinery available anywhere.

    The Stafford Bonham’s auction has become as traditional an October treat as the show itself and will once again be held on the Sunday.

    Recent Stafford events have seen record-breaking lots and this year’s auction has more than 50 bikes including championship speedway and long track motorcycles.

    Interesting bikes up for auction this year include the 2007 Aprilia 250cc Grand Prix racing motorcycle which was ridden to World Championship victory by Jorge Lorenzo and the collection of speedway supremo Ivan Mauger, who holds six world records including most world speedway wins.

    Tickets cost just £12 for adults, £11 for seniors or £3 for under-12s if bought in advance. Parking is free.

    To find out more or to book advance tickets go to www.staffordclassicbikeshows.com/october or call 01507 529529.

  • Mon
    Old Sunday School and Heritage Centre, Roe Street, Macclesfield

    Miss Marianne Brocklehurst (1832-1898); Unknown artist; Silk Heritage Trust

    A special exhibition celebrating Macclesfield’s own Marianne Brocklehurst and her collections will open at The Old Sunday School on 30 October. MBs’ Trip Up the Nile focuses on the diary and watercolours of Marianne’s trip to Egypt in 1873-74 and highlights the treasures she brought back to the town. Marianne was the daughter of silk manufacturer John Brocklehurst, and along with her companion Mary Booth, her nephew Alfred and servant George they made an epic voyage up the Nile.

    The exhibition focuses on these fascinating characters. Marianne Brocklehurst and Mary Booth (collectively known as the MBs) shared their Cheshire home together in Wincle; they were travelling companions and are buried side by side in the churchyard there. When they sailed the Nile, they renamed their boat ‘Bagstones’ after the home they built at Wincle. Marianne recorded their adventures with talent and wit in her diary and filled sketchbooks with pen and ink drawings and delicate watercolours of the sights they saw.

    Alfred’s main objective was to “bag a crocodile”, but he was quite happy to shoot at anything that moved! George was the practical one of the party, picking up the language, dressing in local costume and dancing along to the drumming and singing of their crew! They also travelled alongside writer Amelia Edwards, who went on to form the Egyptian Exploration Fund; Marianne and Mary set up a local branch at Macclesfield.

    The star piece of the exhibition will be the mummy case of ‘Shebmut’, which Marianne smuggled back to Cheshire after burying the actual mummy it held on the banks of the Nile!

    The exhibition coincides with another at The Atkinson in Southport, Adventures in Egypt, which features the collections of female explorer, Anne Goodison of Bootle, who met Marianne on her travels. Macclesfield Museums have loaned some Brocklehurst items to The Atkinson for their display, including some of Marianne’s watercolours.

    The Egyptian collection’s permanent home is at West Park Museum, but the MBs’ Trip Up the Nile exhibition will be the first time the collection has been brought together and directly interpreted with Marianne’s words and pictures, really bringing to life the character of this fascinating woman.

  • Sat
    Areey Hall & Gardens, Arley, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

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Anson Engine Museum
Every Friday,Saturday & Sunday from 13 May – 29 October 2006 Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm Details: In his book, Horst O Hardenberg describes how the Otto-Langen engine displayed at the 1867 Paris Universal Exposition was called a Rattling monster or Devil s machine. Despite this, the engine went on to take the prestigious gold medal, beating the French built Hugon and Lenoir engines. Later that same year, Crossley Brothers in Manchester became the licensed manufacturer for Otto-Langen engines in the UK & Colonies. It is hailed as the first commercially successful engine The ?Rattling Monsters? exhibition tells the history and development of these engines as well allowing you the chance to see many exhibits never before made public. This exhibition is a World First! Museum Entry Fees Adults £3.50 Children under 14 £2.50 Children under 5 s free Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children) £10.00 No additional charge for Rattling Monsters Exhibition!
Date: 29/10/2005 Time:
To: 30/10/2005 Time:
Location: Anson Road
SK12 1TD
01625 874426  Telephonewww.enginemuseum.org  Web
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