Quarry Bank’s Big Garden Birdwatch 2014

Today I’m handing over to our gardener Ann, to tell you all about this year’s Big Garden Birdwatch at Quarry Bank. The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch was started in 1979 as an activity for children to encourage their interest and understanding of the birds they saw most regularly in their gardens, and to establish the…

Why are they putting pounded teeth into a recipe?!

Last week our Deputy Catering Manager, Chris, set off to the archives in search of a few historic recipes, in the hope that our chefs in the Mill Café might be able to recreate the dishes in the future. What he was not expecting to find were recipes which included ingredients “pounded teeth” and “powdered…

Apprentices vs workers

Now that the cataloguing volunteers have worked their way through the vast amount of Greg letters, they have shifted their focus towards documents relating to the business. One such document was written by Robert Hyde Greg titled “List of apprentices and their value as compared with other workers”, dated December 1837. As the title suggests,…

A day in the life of… Helen and her many guises

This is a special Monday morning treat for you – a ”behind-the-scenes” glimpse into the world of one our Machine Demonstrators/ Apprentice House Interpreters – Helen Mackey… In 1784 Samuel Greg, originally from Belfast, founded Quarry Bank Mill. In 1984, I was born. As the token Northern Irish employee, I like to think that Samuel…

Signed by Her Majesty Queen Victoria

Once more we have found something completely unexpected here at Quarry Bank. Last March we found a letter from Bing Crosby in a donated second-hand book and now archive volunteer John Tomlinson has found the signatures of Queen Victoria and Prime Minister Lord John Russell on a slip of paper. Lord John Russell was Prime…

Fire at the Apprentice House!

No need to panic, we haven’t had a real fire at the Apprentice House (perish the thought), but today the Quarry Bank team took part in our annual Salvage Operation Exercise. The scenario we were given by Ally was as follows: “At 7.00 a.m. this morning a fire took hold in the Apprentice House staff…

Quarry Bank Revealed – 2013 in review

Last year saw us welcome a record number of visitors and we hope to see even more of you in 2014.  Here on the blog we’ve also seen some pretty fantastic numbers and I’d like to thank all of you for following along and dipping your toe into the weird and wonderful world of Quarry…

Style at Styal – our new exhibition

Happy New Year to you all! The property has been fairly quiet this week, no doubt everyone is still recovering from Christmas and the aftermath of New Year’s Eve parties. Next week the property is closed as we carry out essential maintenance to the buildings and machinery, giving the place some TLC. During the closed…