We got the Big Fat Yes!

Excitement and relief has been rife throughout the property this week as we learned on Friday amidst a shroud of secrecy that we secured a Heritage Lottery Fund for our ‘More than a Mill’ appeal project!

YES RandR

If you check out my posts “What Makes Quarry Bank Special”  & “And we have lift off!” you can learn exactly what we will be using the money for: https://quarrybankmill.wordpress.com/2013/01/18/what-makes-quarry-bank-special/, https://quarrybankmill.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/and-we-have-lift-off/

As I mention in these posts, the most important aim of the project  is to bring the whole story of Quarry Bank back to life, sharing more of this special community which includes the Mill, Apprentice House, Quarry Bank Gardens, and Styal Village – a story of power, people and the birth of industry. Few, if any other sites of comparable significance are as complete or as untouched.

Quarry Bank

As part of the project we here at the National Trust are looking to involve volunteers and local communities to help restore key parts of the property, develop their own skills and conserve the skills needed to look after Quarry Bank in the long-term (“special places for ever for everyone “of course being the motto of the Trust). The aim is to deliver great conservation and help more people to make their own connections with Quarry Bank, from first impression to parting reflection.

Quarry Bank House holds a treasure trove of stories
Quarry Bank House holds a treasure trove of stories

And now instead of me rabbiting away at you I thought you might like to hear from some other people and why they are so delighted we got the bid…

Eleanor Underhill our fearless leader (otherwise known as our General Manager) said;

“We’re thrilled that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support. The project will bring Quarry Bank back to life – to share stories of this truly unique place and engage audiences in its magic. Now at last we have our first chance of showing the property as a whole, opening up parts of the property currently not open to the public and telling the complete story – an opportunity not to be missed.”

 The glasshouses will be repaired thanks to the HLF grant
The glasshouses will be repaired thanks to the HLF grant

And Catherine Prasad, Senior Project Manager, hints towards what task will be first on the list now we have secured the bid;

“This fantastic project will help people of all ages discover more about the many stories of Quarry Bank. In particular, it will enable them to discover and explore the fascinating collection of archives held here at the Mill, which contain gems such as the apprentice indentures and medical records of the workers.”

We hope to open up one of the workers cottages
We hope to open up one of the workers cottages

We have already had development funding of £164,400 awarded to help us progress our plans to apply for a full grant at a later date.The total cost of the project is £6 million and we expect it to take five years to complete. As you know we’re appealing to all of you lovely members of the public out there for your support too.  To date we have already received £400,000 by way of donations, so a huge thank you to those who have already donated!

Don’t forget that you can have fun while donating by playing some of our online games here: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/get-involved/donate/current-appeals/quarry-bank-appeal/play-games-and-donate/

Laura

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