Macclesfield Silk Museum, Old Park Lane, Macclesfield
Launch of New Display of Macclesfield’s Ancient Egyptian Treasures at The Silk Museum
16 February 2019 - 2020
A ring belonging to Tutankhamun, a statuette of Queen Tiye - one of the most important queens in Egyptian history, and the mummy case of a significant female temple worker called Shebmut, are just some of the stars in a new display that sheds new light on Macclesfield’s own Marianne Brocklehurst and her remarkable collections.
This new display at The Silk Museum will be officially opened by Cllr Lesley Smetham, The Worshipful the Mayor of Cheshire East, at 11.30am on 16th February 2019 and runs until 2020.
The new display explores the connection between Macclesfield’s silk industry and Marianne Brocklehurst’s Egyptian collections. John Varney, Chair of The Silk Heritage Trust, said, ‘We are thrilled that the new research carried out by the museum’s curatorial team, has shown that many objects are even more significant than we thought; and this new display puts many more objects on show so that local people can enjoy more of this important heritage for the town’.
Marianne was the daughter of silk manufacturer John Brocklehurst, Macclesfield’s first MP. Her family’s wealth and social standing provided the resources for Marianne to travel extensively in Europe and the Middle East. In 1873-74 Marianne, along with her companion Mary Booth, her nephew Alfred and servant George, made an epic voyage up the Nile. Throughout this trip Marianne kept a personal diary illustrated with lively watercolours that captures life on the Nile through the eyes of this remarkable Victorian woman.
Marianne Brocklehurst and Mary Booth were life-time companions and were generally referred to as The MBs. They were unconventional women for their time – as a couple they seem to have been uncompromising and determined in their life and work. They collected various objects on their travels around Egypt, but they seem to have had a particular interest in items with a connection to Ancient Egyptian women. On their first trip, they collected the mummy case of a female temple worker, a scarab commemorating the marriage of a non-royal woman to the king, and the scarab of a king’s daughter. Perhaps it was intentional that the MBs, two unusually independent Victorian women, collected so many objects that bear the names, titles and likenesses of unusually independent Ancient Egyptian women.
A Family Open Day takes place at The Silk Museum on 16th February 2019
11am Welcome & Speeches John Varney, Chair, Silk Heritage Trust and Cllr Lesley Smetham, The Worshipful the Mayor of Cheshire East 11.30am onwards: Come and see the unique diary and notebooks that Marianne Brocklehurst made of her incredible adventures
Learn more about the Tutankhamun Ring and other amazing treasures in the collections
Mummification and Mask-making: Free Family Activities in the School Room
New Makers’ Place Meet the brilliant craftspeople making unique handmade gifts + demonstrations and craft activities All day: New Silk Shop Exquisite silk products – perfect for gifts for all occasions PLUS Egyptian inspired jewellery and souvenirs Coffee and Cake, The Jacquard Café generously supplied by the Friends of Macclesfield Silk Heritage with thanks to Bollington Co-op The Silk Museum admission is now Give What You Can. All donations welcome to support our work.
Grateful thanks to Cheshire East Council for very generously supporting the new displays and the Friends of Macclesfield Silk Heritage
After a three-week sleep, Lyme’s grand mansion will re-open to the public on Friday 22 November – decorated for a traditional Christmas.
This year, the team at Lyme have been delving into the estate’s past to uncover stories of Christmases gone by celebrated through the centuries by the Legh family, their servants and tenants. Their searches have taken them from the Tudor era through to the final golden years of the house in the early twentieth century with quoted excerpts from the memoirs of Phyllis Legh Sandeman, former resident at the hall helping to paint a picture of how Christmas was celebrated at Lyme.
As visitors pass through the different rooms, they will see Lyme in many guises – from a 17th century Christmas wedding celebration, to an Edwardian ballroom, to a pantry piled with food for the holiday celebration.
In the dining hall, guests will discover a range of Christmas dishes through the ages, from delicate sweet treats to an imposing boars head centrepiece.
Regency Christmas at Lyme Park, Cheshire
Red ribbons, garlands and fabric are used to reflect the dark wood panelling and red carpeting around much of the house’s interiors. Many of the decorations are handmade by Lyme’s staff and volunteers, in much the same way that they would have been crafted by the family and servants in previous centuries. This year, reflecting Lyme’s 2019 theme of 'Books and Stories’, decorations have been made using old books, and recycled Christmas cards.
Outside of the house, the Timber Yard will feature a collection of community trees, decorated by local primary schools and organisations across Disley and the surrounding area.
Deborah Maxwell, Lyme’s General Manager, said, “At Lyme, Christmas has always been a time for traditions. Many of our visitors come here every year for family gatherings, walks and to enjoy Lyme in winter. We’ll be looking forward to welcoming Father Christmas, who’ll be meeting families and children throughout December, and of course our popular afternoon teas will be taking on a festive twist.”
An Afternoon Audience with Father Christmas’ runs 10-12 and 17-19 December
Due to popularity this year, extra dates have been added for Lyme’s Father Christmas events. ‘An Afternoon Audience with Father Christmas’, which runs 10-12 and 17-19 December, will also feature a craft activity where children can create an edible gift for family or friends. Accompanying adults will also be able to treat themselves to a hot drink and a festive cake and mince pie.
Visitors admiring the festive Christmas decorations at Knole, Kent
Festive afternoon teas will include a selection of sweet treats and sandwiches made from local produce, and are available to book by calling 01663 761400.
If you’re looking for a fairy-tale Christmas this year, Tatton Park’s Mansion has been transformed into a magical celebration of ten much-loved fairy tales.
Experience the impressive state rooms and fascinating servant’s quarters as never before. Visitors will be immersed in a dazzling world of forest green, ruby red, golden thread and snow white. Marvel at fantastic fairy-tale themed rooms, beautiful Christmas decorations and festive floral displays from the end of November right through to 5th January 2020.
Who is the fairest of them all?
Follow the Fairy Godmother’s trail through the Mansion to discover creative interpretations of legendary stories, entertaining costumed characters and the chance to make special wishes for your perfect Christmas.
Dare to join Little Red Riding Hood in the yellow Drawing Room or stroll through a sparkling wintry forest to find Snow White’s enchanted mirror to ask “Who is the fairest of them all?” Rapunzel, with her long blonde hair cascading down the Grand Staircase, might just be the answer!
A favourite for all ages is Beauty and the Beast in the atmospheric Library, exquisitely illuminated with glittering candelabra. Continue along the trail to Aladdin’s golden palace, richly decorated with Arabian rugs, and then find the password to uncover Ali Baba and his 40 thieves, veiled in mystery in the Music Room.
Calling all Prince and Princesses - will the slipper fit?
The story of Cinderella is a highlight of the visit. Children can wear a crown and have their photo taken beside the Pumpkin Carriage, before everyone tries on her slipper for size, just in case it fits!
The fascinating Servant’s Quarters pay homage to the timeless tales of Hansel and Gretel - with a magnificent Witch’s gingerbread house in the Kitchen alongside Goldilocks and the Three Bears making mischief in the Scullery! Don’t forget to conjure some spells with the Fairy Godmother in her magic pantry before you enjoy your homemade festive treat as you bid farewell.
Christmas Mansion opening times:
11am to 3pm 26 - 29 Nov and 3 - 5 Dec
11am to 8pm Fri 6 Dec
12 to 4pm Weekends from 30 Nov to 8 Dec Fri, Sat, Sun from 13 – 29 Dec 31 Dec – 5 Jan 2020
Prices: £10 for adults and £7 for children (ages 4-15). Pre-booked friends and family groups of 15 or more can benefit from discounted rates of £9.50 per adult and £5.50 per child.
Quarry Bank in Wilmslow is set to host Christmas celebrations this winter that will give visitors a fascinating, first-hand glimpse into the festive traditions from the past from two differing perspectives.
Families can step back in time to experience the mill owners’ Georgian home decked with Christmas decorations, while over in the Apprentice House, they can discover the more modest festivities which the child workers at Quarry Bank would have had.
Visitors exploring the garden in winter at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire
A cup of tea and a slice of current loaf were one of the few festive treats enjoyed by the children who worked at Quarry Bank. “The apprentices rarely had a treat or even a day off so a cup of tea at Christmas was a real luxury,” said Quarry Bank Programming Manager, Suzanne Kellett.
‘While people are starting to think about what’ll be on their Christmas menu for the big day, we’ve already started getting into the festive spirit in the kitchens at Quarry Bank. New festive recipes we have for visitors to enjoy this year include mulled wine, mince pies and Christmas cakes. Plus, we have classic favourites including hot chocolates and gingerbread men, all freshly made in the kitchens at Quarry Bank’ says Quarry Bank Senior Food and Beverage Manager, Rikki Thompson.
Visitors at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire
Out in the gardens, families can experience a more modern twist to Christmas as they follow the winter reindeer walk through the grounds, seeking out as many as they can find to win a festive reindeer prize. The historic glasshouses in the gardens at Quarry Bank will also be decorated with handmade, natural Christmas decorations, and after a frosty walk, visitors can warm up with hot chocolates, refuel with mince pies, or rest little legs with a sit on Father Christmas’s sleigh parked on the mill meadow outside of the mill.
And no Christmas is complete without a tree which will be taking pride of place in the mill yard at Quarry Bank. The shop at Quarry Bank will also be decked out with Christmas gift ideas for all the family, including locally made artisan collections, unique homewares, garden essentials and tasty treats. For a really unique present for crafty friends or a homemade Christmas present, visitors can also buy from Quarry Bank’s range of fabrics, woven inside the mill on the heritage looms and printed locally in a variety of patterns, including - for the first time ever – a special Christmas print.
Celebrate music at Tatton Park this Christmas and don’t forget your singing voice - audience participation is a must!
If you’re struggling for gift ideas or just fancy a glittering night out in one of Cheshire’s stately homes, tickets are on sale for the Christmas Concerts at Tatton Park. Your evening includes a visit to the fairytale Christmas Mansion, a festive drink and delicious sweet treat before each concert.
Northern Chamber Orchestra, Friday 13th December at 7 pm
The wonderful Northern Chamber Orchestra will treat you to a medley of classical music and this year, they are accompanied by the Choir of St Nicholas Catholic High School, Northwich. Feel free to sing along to your favourite carols! Tickets are £25 for adults and £15 for under-18s. To book call 0161 247 2220 or visit ncorch.co.uk
Roberts Bakery Brass Band, Saturday 14th December at 7 pm
Expect a varied programme from the ever-popular Roberts Bakery Brass Band, including traditional pieces, solos and upbeat compositions by their world-renowned Musical Director, Paul Lovatt-Cooper. Tickets are £18 per person. To book call 01625 374400 or visit eventbrite.co.uk
9.30 am to 5 pmEventCity, Phoenix Way, off Barton Dock Road, Manchester, M41 7TB
The Manchester Bike Show is back for its 9th successful year on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March 2020 - 18,000 sq m of motorcycle heaven all under one roof.
With over 100 trade exhibitors and 750+ motorcycles on show, including the world’s leading bike manufacturers, this really is the North of England’s premier event whatever type of bike you ride. With thrilling stunt shows, a live stage with a multitude of guest stars, live music and DJs and concours competitions, the Manchester Bike Show is a biker’s paradise and not to be missed.
Tickets are available to purchase in advance at a discounted rate. Tickets are sold via Ticketline.
Tickets are sent via post and postage is free.
There are no unwelcome booking fees at the end of your order.
Tickets purchased via Ticketline are valid for entry on one day only on the day of your choice, either Saturday 28 or Sunday 29 March 2020. You do not need to select a specific day.