A year of Quarry Bank – 2013

This year has been absolutely jam-packed for us at Quarry Bank. It all kicked off back in February when we launched our £1.4m fundraising appeal  to help us complete the story of Quarry Bank. Currently we have managed to raise just over £600,000 – nearly half way there! The appeal will help us to complete…

Get your skates on…

It’s not just the archive that has been revealing all sorts of treasures. The collection here at Quarry Bank is full of all sorts of weird and wonderful objects, like the costume I told you about a few months ago. Suitably for December, one of our Heritage Volunteers, Laura Critchlow, has been examining a pair…

Indiana Jones has nothing on us…

Alright, so maybe we’re not saving the world or managing to outrun death by avoiding a boulder of doom, but we’ve had an expert team of archaeologists in from Matrix Archaeology in Manchester, who are making some really interesting and important finds in the gardens. The Gregs may have found Quarry Bank House and Norcliffe Hall draughty during the…

Christmas with the Greg family

Back in October you may remember that the cataloguing volunteers unearthed a letter which shed new light on the Greg family’s home life. The letter was from Mary Philips, wife of Robert Hyde Greg, to her son Robert, and explained the plans for their annual winter play. The team have uncovered yet more of Mary’s…

Victorian Christmas 2013 – the year of the reindeer

We’ve been gearing up for Christmas since about August here at Quarry Bank, and what a Christmas it’s shaping up to be. Once again we are hosting our Victorian Christmas, but with a few added extras this year. In the Mill Yard you can meet costumed interpreters, buy some traditional sweets and warm yourself up…

Explore your Archive at Quarry Bank

I’ve had a brilliant summer delving into the archives and following the progress of the cataloguing team. You’ve hopefully enjoyed the glimpses I’ve offered you here on the blog at some of the more unusual finds. This week I hand over to Archives and Collection Officer, Jane Speller to tell you all about a national…