West Park Museum Macclesfield is a hidden gem located in the town’s West Park, one of England’s first public parks when it opened in 1854. The museum was donated by Marianne Brocklehurst and her brother, Peter Pownall Brocklehurst “for the education, refinement and pleasure of the people for all time to come”, and it has been open since 1898. The Brocklehurst family were very important to Macclesfield, having begun a button making business in the town in the 18th century. In the 19th century they moved into silk weaving, and Brocklehurst Mill became the largest silk weaving mill in England.
The museum holds a fascinating collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities acquired by Marianne Brocklehurst during her sees to Egypt. You can follow Marianne’s adventures through extracts from the illustrated diary she kept during her first see to Egypt. It also has an extensive collection of the work of Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe (1901-1979), who was born in Langley near Macclesfield. His artistic education began at the Macclesfield School of Art in 1916, and he later won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art in London.
Tunnicliffe went on to become a popular illustrator of books and much of his work featured the scenery and wildlife of the Cheshire countryside surrounding Macclesfield. He became a major contributor to the RSPB, producing many of the front covers for Bird Notes and numerous Christmas and greetings cards, and exhibited frequently at the Royal Academy.
We’re pleased to announce that funding has been approved to rejuvenate the museum and the building over 2018/2019. More details will be announced but could also effect the opening hours in months to come.
Open Tuesday -Sunday: 1.30pm-4.30pm
Closed Bank Holiday Monday, Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day.
(opening hours may vary from published, as subject to change at last minutes based on volunteers staffing)
West Park Museum
Telephone: 01625 613210