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Council plans £725,000 Macclesfield museum refurbishment

The Grade II-listed West Park Museum in Macclesfield could be in line for a major refurbishment under new plans from Cheshire East Council.

The local authority is exploring proposals for extensive improvements to the historic building as it looks to increase the number of educational and public visits.

Plans include the addition of suitable education and viewing facilities as well as exterior structural work and new toilet facilities.

The council will seek to enter into an agreement with the town’s Silk Heritage Trust to house all the artefacts currently on display at West Park, which include part of the renowned Brocklehurst collection of Egyptian relics.

If the scheme is progressed, the council estimates that an investment of £750,000 would be needed, which would form the basis for its funding applications.

Councillor Don Stockton, cabinet member for environment, says: “To invest in the museum on this scale, demonstrates the council’s full commitment to the cultural and educational value of this great asset and its place in Macclesfield’s heritage.

“A strategic plan will be developed, which will look holistically at all three areas taking in the museum itself, the surrounding park and the cemetery.

“This could open up additional opportunities for use of the building that would enhance the visitor offer both for the museum and the park. It will require a significant financial commitment even if we can attract grant aid.

“The history of the museum and the artefacts and collections displayed tell a fascinating story in the life of Macclesfield and the Brocklehurst family.”