Apprentice life at Quarry Bank

So who watched The Mill last night on Channel 4? If you did you’ll already have seen that the plight of the apprentices is a central part of the story – but what was life really like for the apprentices of Quarry Bank? Between 1790 and the 1830s approximately one-third of Samuel Greg’s workforce were…

The Big Family Day Out at Quarry Bank

The Big Family Day Out is a festival of volunteering, between 23rd July and 7th August, taking place across six National Trust properties. We’ve just finished up our events here at Quarry Bank which saw 70 people come together to make lots of bat and bird boxes as a family, for use around the estate to give…

The Mill on Channel 4 – Series 1

I have some seriously exciting news for you all this week! Back in February Channel 4 filmed their first ever factually inspired historical drama series at Quarry Bank, in conjunction with Darlow Smithson Productions. After five months of us staff and volunteers itching with impatience, the show is airing on Sunday 28th July at 8pm! The…

“C’mon, I’ll show you the Dungeon next!”

Now I know what you’re thinking – what is a Mill doing with a dungeon? Well yesterday I received a  nooks and crannies tour of the Mill with our Premises Assistant Craig (from the carpet tape incident). After asking very nicely with sugar on top Craig took me to some of the rooms in the Mill that no one…

Exploring the Quarry Bank collection

This week I decided to hand over to our Collections and Archive Officer, Ally, who has selected an item from the collection to share with you… Bird egg collection The bird egg collection at Quarry Bank is one of the more quirky and surprising items in the Quarry Bank collection, and it is normally kept…