Arthur Greg and the Second Battle of Ypres – Heroes of Adventure

We may be gearing up for the beginning of summer but 99 years ago Arthur Greg had just survived the Second Battle Of Ypres, and had been recovering from a facial wound inflicted by a German sniper. Arthur spent much of his recovery with his fiancée Marian Allen, and with her help he recorded his…

Voices from the First World War – Heroes of Adventure

This weekend we were lucky enough to be visited by Margaret (Susan) Fowler, the daughter of Helen Greg who features in our new exhibition Heroes of Adventure. Margaret provided us with an invaluable oral history interview, as well as loaning us boxes of letters, postcards and photographs of the Greg siblings; Arthur, Bobby, Madge and…

The Mill – Series 2 – Behind the Scenes

We’ve been keeping fairly schtum these past few weeks about the fact that Channel 4 and Darlow Smithson Productions are back at Quarry Bank, filming series 2 of ‘The Mill’. It’s once more been a brilliant, hectic, surreal experience having them back , and on the days filming took place in the Mill Yard, all…

Behind the Scenes with Style at Styal

Our brand new exhibition Style at Styal has been open for a couple of weeks now and has already attracted a great many visitors who have been delighted with the fabulous costumes on display. Watch the video below, starring yours truly and Jenny our wonderful costumier to find out about the story behind the exhibition….

Make yourself ‘Styalish’

Quarry Bank is gearing up to once more open our doors 7 days a week when the National trust begins its ‘summer season’ this Saturday. Here at Quarry Bank, this first week of the new season will see us welcome lots of families to our half-term activities. From Mon 17- Fri 21, 12-4pm, kids can…

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…

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…

‘Heroes of Adventure’ an upcoming exhibition

It was around this time last year that I first learned of Arthur Tylston Greg and his younger brother Robert Philips Greg and the sacrifices they made in the First World War. Next year marks the centenary of the First World War and many National Trust properties are organising commemorative exhibitions, Quarry Bank included. Myself,…

“We’ve only got one shot at this here…”

On Thursday our brand new exhibition ‘A Lady of Letters‘ was installed, telling the story of Hannah Greg, wife of  Samuel Greg, and her influence over Quarry Bank Mill. The exhibition was put together  by Learning and Interpretation Assistant Carrie-Anne Parkes to complement the release of  David Sekers’ new book “A Lady of Cotton: Hannah Greg,…

‘Beastly Machines’ invade Quarry Bank!

So last Monday and Tuesday if you had popped down to Quarry Bank you would have seen a few bizarre items being carried around the Mill, including a giant pea green boat, an 8ft canoe, an exercise bike, oh, and a couple of Gnu heads (not real, don’t panic!). You may have seen several members of staff (including…