‘Looking after people’s valuable memories’

A couple of weeks ago I shared with you our brand new oral history page on the website. I immediately wanted to hear and know more of these wonderful stories, and asked Sarah, our Oral History Intern, to compile some of her favourite stories to share with you all. There is a secret treasure in…

International Women’s Day – Hannah and Bessy Greg

On Saturday people all over the globe celebrated International Women’s Day to show their respect and appreciation towards women for their political, social and economic achievements. This got me thinking about some of the remarkable women connected to Quarry Bank, and, as I’ve just read David Sekers’ book, Hannah Greg and her daughter Bessy in particular sprang to mind….

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…

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…

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…

Victorian Christmas 2013 – the year of the reindeer

We’ve been gearing up for Christmas since about August here at Quarry Bank, and what a Christmas it’s shaping up to be. Once again we are hosting our Victorian Christmas, but with a few added extras this year. In the Mill Yard you can meet costumed interpreters, buy some traditional sweets and warm yourself up…

A brief history of Quarry Bank

Over the past year I have been bringing you stories of Quarry Bank from the past and the present. However, I realise that I’ve never given you a linear account of the history of Quarry Bank, instead delving in and out of some of the more interesting spots in the property’s history – a highlight reel…

Revolutionary Walking Tour – The ‘real’ Esther Price

This weekend saw the second of our fundraising village tours, this time led by Archive volunteer Ann-Marie, who I’m handing over to this week… “The tour was called ‘The ‘Real’ Esther Price Trail’ and the idea was to separate the truth from the fiction of ‘The Mill’, and use specific sites at Quarry Bank Mill…

The ‘real’ Esther Price

If you’ve been watching The Mill you’ll know that Esther Price’s story is central to the series.  As I’ve been discussing here on the blog, with most historical dramas some parts of the truth are adapted to make the story seem more compelling or to fit in with story lines –  and so I wanted the opportunity…

The fact that inspired the fiction…

For the past couple of posts I’ve been talking about The Mill on Channel 4 and how the archive material here at Quarry Bank was the fact that inspired the series. This week I decided to take a trip to the archive to see Ally, our Collection and Archive Officer, to find out exactly what…