A Taste of History

Hi, Would you like to try some hundred year old ice-cream? If your first thought was, surely it would have melted by now…you are right.  The ice cream in question is based on a recipe dating to the late 1800s or early 1900s. Elizabeth Mary Greg, better known as Bessie was an interesting woman.  The great granddaughter…

Voices of the Mill Workers

Hi, This week Helen our Collections and Archive Intern discovered some letters written by workers at Quarry Bank.  I could not wait to find out more, so over to Helen. Working in the archives, it can sometimes be easy to overlook the day to day experiences of the workers at the mill amongst the many…

Meet the Interns

I’m handing over to Sophie for this post, our new Visitor Experience Intern. Hello! My name is Sophie and I’ll be bringing you behind the scenes sneak-peeks, tales of the staff and volunteers hard work in the Mill and across the estate, and lots more stories from the goldmine that is Quarry Bank’s archive. I…

Drawn Out Of Love – our new exhibition

Last week Laura left Quarry Bank and we wish her great success in her new ventures. My name is Kate and I’m the Visitor Experience Officer here, I’ll be carrying on Laura’s work and sending out the blog with the help of Sophie Kembrey our Visitor Experience Intern. Our brand new exhibition ‘Drawn Out Of…

Christmas with the Apprentices

Last year the cataloguing team found a series of letters relating to Robert Hyde Greg and his family at Christmas. It made me think about the very different Christmas that was happening at the Apprentice House. Christmas was without a doubt the best day of the year for the apprentices, who worked six days a…

Replacing the Water Wheel Blind at Quarry Bank

Last week we heard from our volunteer millwright Vince about the work that is under way at Nether Alderley Mill, our sister property. This week I’m handing over to Bruce, one of our Power Volunteers to hear all about the water wheel’s Blind replacement that has been happening here at Quarry Bank… The Norfolk Millwright…

Noses to the grindstone… maintaining Nether Alderley Mill

The National Trust has now entered its Winter season, and many properties across the country have closed completely to undertake important conservation and restoration work. One such property is Nether Alderley Mill, also looked after by the Quarry Bank team. Earlier this week the Norfolk Millwrights Alliance returned once more to carry out the annual…

Remembering the fallen soldiers of Styal – Heroes of Adventure

Today, 96 years since Armistice was declared, and the First World War ended, people around the world remember those who courageously gave their lives. At 11 o’clock this morning, the staff and volunteers of Quarry Bank gathered in the Heroes of Adventure exhibition to observe the two minutes silence. Styal village lost 24 men in…

‘Keep up with jargon in four languages’ – a Greg summer holiday

Our cataloguing project is still under way and we are still discovering new information about the Greg family and the workers. One of our archive volunteers, Ian, has been working on the letters relating to a family holiday taken by Robert Hyde Greg and his family in the 1850s… In the summer of 1857, Robert…