Papers of the Macclesfield Silk Manufacturing Society Ltd

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes of Board and Shareholder's meetings, 1941-1973; financial records, 1888-1976; correspondence and papers, 1904-1976; manuscript rule books and amendments, 1902-1970. Much of the correspondence derives from the liquidator's activity, rather than from the business of Macclesfield Silk.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Macclesfield Silk Manufacturing Society Ltd was registered as an industrial society in 1888. Its name was changed to Macclesfield Silk and Textiles Ltd in 1960. Its members decided to go into voluntary liquidation in 1972. As part of that process its name was changed to Maccclesfield Holdings Society Ltd. Its manufacturing activities could then be reorganised as a subsidiary company, Macclesfield Silk and Textiles Ltd, which was sold separately from the Society's property and other assets. The Society's final meeting was held on 24 October 1975.

Reference: William Henry Brown, The Silken Glow of Macclesfield (Co-operative Printing Society, Manchester, 1938).


The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by the Society's liquidator in 1976.

Other Finding Aids

A file level catalogue is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources.

Authority records exist for Macclesfield Silk Manufacturing Society Ltd (GB 152 AAR2091), Macclesfield Silk & Textiles Ltd (GB 152 AAR2092) and Macclesfield Holdings Society Ltd (GB 152 AAR2093).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

Macclesfield Silk Manufacturing Society pattern books, 1888-1975 are held at the Macclesfield Silk Museum, Heritage Centre, Roe Street, Macclesfield, SK11 6UT.

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