The (Even) Darker Side of Styal Part 1: The Trial of John Henshaw

PhD student, Grant Collier has dug even deeper into the Quarry Bank archive and found another terrible tale… History offers endless questions, and archives offer endless paths to follow in pursuit of answers. Sometimes, a single line in a document can lead a researcher on a journey of discovery, slowly unveiling a story that would…

A Day in the Life of… An Apprentice House Interpreter

Today at Quarry Bank you will find interpreters all over the site working to bring the mill to life. This week we hand over to Jenny who wants to compare her average day to that of the apprentices who worked here long before any of us…   It’s 9:45am. I’m carrying a bucket of coal…

‘A true unflinching warrior of the air’ – the story of Arthur Greg

Today marks the centenary of the death of Arthur Tylston Greg and through the many surviving letters, photographs and scrapbooks in the archive we have been able to piece together and share with you his moving story of bravery, sacrifice and love.  Arthur  Arthur was born in 1894 and was the eldest son of Ernest and…

Blotchy, Blotted and Blurred: The Truth about the Copy Press

The Counting House of Quarry Bank was added to the Mill in the 1820s. Volunteer room guide, Steve Dolan has spent a lot of time sharing the stories of this room with visitors and has one story in particular that he wants to share with you here… Inside the Counting House there stands a sturdy, clunky, metal…

The proof of the pudding

Inside our archives there are many treasures, but perhaps you wouldn’t expect business correspondence about laundry bags to fit into that category. However Christine, who works in the shop and volunteers in the archive, has found something that might just change your mind. Myself and fellow volunteer Jean have been working together cataloguing some of the…

Quarry Bank remembers the Somme and Madge Greg

Today marks the centenary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme, one of the deadliest battles in history. We want to take the opportunity to remember Madge Greg who served as a VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) nurse in France. Madge was born in 1892 and grew up in Egerton, near Bolton. She was…

Wonderland

For Volunteers’ Week, work placement student Lauren has written about her experiences volunteering at Quarry Bank. I have been a volunteer at Quarry Bank for over a year now, and I am currently on work placement as part of my university degree. I’m working alongside Project Co-ordinator Emma Armstrong, and I have gained valuable work experience in…

Ekki thump

Hi, This week we will be delving into the world of Ekki wood and it’s marvelous abilities in water.  Over to Power volunteer Bruce Williams for more details. Every 35 years the main sluice gates in the headrace, which control the flow of water from the mill pond to the mill, tend to deteriorate. The…

111 days later…

Hi, This week Emma has been looking into the work on the glasshouse restoration where lots of exciting things have been happening. The wait is finally over.  After years of fundraising and anticipation, the restoration of the derelict 1830s glasshouse is underway. Armitage Construction have been on site for 111 days, and wow have we…

Exciting times ahead at Quarry Bank…

With the Quarry Bank Project entering its second year, we are all set for a very exciting 2016. The Glasshouse The Glasshouse restoration is already underway and when the garden opens again on Saturday 13 February you can see for yourselves how things are coming along.  Throughout the spring and summer you will be able…

Ronjul – reflecting on 2015 at Quarry Bank

  Hi, I was talking to Angharad our new Archives and Collections Officer the other day and she told me about Ronjul (I should add here that she’s Welsh not Norweigian!).  The Norwegians have a name for the week between Christmas and the New Year which is Ronjul and part of the tradition surrounding this…

Behind closed doors….

Quarry Bank stays open to visitors throughout the winter from Wednesday – Sunday.  That doesn’t mean though, that on a Monday and Tuesday, nothing is happening inside the Mill. The historic houses use this time to carefully clean and care for their collections and despite being a very different proposition, our collection of industrial machinery and other…