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 Joys of Steam

We have a brand new Heritage Intern, Jess, who has been working with our brilliant Power Volunteers for the past few months, and in doing so, has found a brand new passion… ‘If there is poetry to be found anywhere in a cotton mill it is in the engine-house you will find it.’ (Autobiography of…

Scarecrow Festival 2014

Yesterday morning I found myself manhandling Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, Gary Lineker and Miss Havisham. In scarecrow form of course. This year the theme of our annual Scarecrow Festival is ‘Film and TV stars’, as Quarry Bank is set to once more grace TV screens this summer in Series 2 of The Mill. Last year…

A Day in the life of…Vicky and Tim, LTV Rangers

What with the tremendous amount of wind and rain we’ve had the past few weeks, our Estate team have had their work cut out for them, clearing paths and removing fallen trees. The team has just acquired two new Long Term Volunteers, Vicky and Tim and this week I hand over to them to hear…

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…

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…