Diving into the archives…

Hi everyone, I’m Laura, the Vistitor Experience and Marketing Intern, I’m currently working on our main website ensuring it is full of interesting stories about the Mill to coax you into visiting us! I’m also currently running the Quarry Bank Mill Revealed blog whilst I’m here, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the stories and memories of the staff and volunteers so that I can share them with you guys!

Today I’m  really excited as I get to spend the afternoon looking through the archives at Quarry Bank Mill.  My aim is to try and piece together a short history of each part of Quarry Bank Mill, including the Mill itself, the Apprentice House, the gardens, Styal village, and the estate for the website, although I’m hoping to do more feature articles here so that you can learn all about the weird and wonderful stories of this amazing National Trust site, from both the point of view of the workers and the Greg family. 

My first port of call will be to delve into the Greg family history, and so this afternoon I will be looking through all sorts of interesting sources including the diaries and letters of various family members, as well as photographs and portraits.  In particular, as I’m currently in the process of updating the Quarry Bank Garden page, I’ll be researching what the Gregs thought of their beautiful gardens, what they used them for, who visited, and which of the Gregs had the most lasting impact on the design and the legacy of these gorgeous gardens!

If you guys check back here tomorrow I’ll hopefully have written another post containing my findings!

Laura

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. John Lightbody says:

    Hi Laura,
    Hope you have a good day in the archives. Is Hannah’s Diary on display at the Mill?

    1. Hi John, I don’t think so, can I assume from your surname that you are related to Hannah? This might interest you though; we have a talk by David Sekers on Hannah on June 8th: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/quarry-bank-mill/things-to-see-and-do/events/

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