Quarry Bank remembers the Somme and Madge Greg

Today marks the centenary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme, one of the deadliest battles in history. We want to take the opportunity to remember Madge Greg who served as a VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) nurse in France. Madge was born in 1892 and grew up in Egerton, near Bolton. She was…

Wonderland

For Volunteers’ Week, work placement student Lauren has written about her experiences volunteering at Quarry Bank. I have been a volunteer at Quarry Bank for over a year now, and I am currently on work placement as part of my university degree. I’m working alongside Project Co-ordinator Emma Armstrong, and I have gained valuable work experience in…

Ekki thump

Hi, This week we will be delving into the world of Ekki wood and it’s marvelous abilities in water.  Over to Power volunteer Bruce Williams for more details. Every 35 years the main sluice gates in the headrace, which control the flow of water from the mill pond to the mill, tend to deteriorate. The…

111 days later…

Hi, This week Emma has been looking into the work on the glasshouse restoration where lots of exciting things have been happening. The wait is finally over.  After years of fundraising and anticipation, the restoration of the derelict 1830s glasshouse is underway. Armitage Construction have been on site for 111 days, and wow have we…

Exciting times ahead at Quarry Bank…

With the Quarry Bank Project entering its second year, we are all set for a very exciting 2016. The Glasshouse The Glasshouse restoration is already underway and when the garden opens again on Saturday 13 February you can see for yourselves how things are coming along.  Throughout the spring and summer you will be able…

Ronjul – reflecting on 2015 at Quarry Bank

  Hi, I was talking to Angharad our new Archives and Collections Officer the other day and she told me about Ronjul (I should add here that she’s Welsh not Norweigian!).  The Norwegians have a name for the week between Christmas and the New Year which is Ronjul and part of the tradition surrounding this…

Behind closed doors….

Quarry Bank stays open to visitors throughout the winter from Wednesday – Sunday.  That doesn’t mean though, that on a Monday and Tuesday, nothing is happening inside the Mill. The historic houses use this time to carefully clean and care for their collections and despite being a very different proposition, our collection of industrial machinery and other…

‘The Eiffel Tower much better + safer than I expected’

Are your summer holidays a distant memory?  Relive them here, as this week I am handing over to interpreter Emma Baldwin who has been looking at the travels of Bessie Greg. We recently encountered Elizabeth Mary Greg (Bessie) and her sweet-toothed recipes in a previous blog about ice cream.  Over to Emma to find out…

Reassembly is the opposite of disassembly

Nether Alderley Mill, is a water powered corn mill, which some members of the team at Quarry Bank also help to look after. Our ongoing conservation work at Nether Alderley Mill has taken a new ‘turn’ lately. Over to volunteer Bruce Williams for more details. At Nether Alderley once the waterwheels are in action, they turn…

“The greatest social curse in this country”

Hi, The team at Quarry Bank made a great discovery after spending weeks gathering information for a new book called Life in Styal which details the history of the workers’ village. Henry Greg (Quarry Bank founder Samuel Greg’s great grandson) made a stirring comment about what he believed to be ‘the greatest social curse’ in…

Uncertain liabilities – testing times at Quarry Bank

Hi, As always the archive team here at Quarry Bank, headed by Ally Tsilika, have been working very hard as they continue to catalogue our fantastic collection of the Greg’s personal and business papers. A few months ago the content of a letter, on loan to us, caught the eye of archive volunteer Danika Lloyd;…