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…

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…

Christmas with the Greg family

Back in October you may remember that the cataloguing volunteers unearthed a letter which shed new light on the Greg family’s home life. The letter was from Mary Philips, wife of Robert Hyde Greg, to her son Robert, and explained the plans for their annual winter play. The team have uncovered yet more of Mary’s…

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…

What’s coming up at Quarry Bank…

Most of you may only have just got back from your jolly holidays but at Quarry Bank we’re already thinking about our Victorian Christmas weekends! We’ve got a few surprises up our sleeve for that weekend that we’re hoping to pull off too… The past few posts have been all about Quarry Bank’s past so this week I…

A Victorian Christmas at Quarry Bank

The past couple of weekends here at Quarry Bank we have been celebrating Christmas Victorian style. Both weekends were absolutely fantastic and got everyone into the festive spirit, with well over 2,000 visitors! The Mill Yard was full of costumed characters serving our special mulled wine and roasted chestnuts on an open fire (well it was…

Crafting costumes

Last week I mentioned that I was helping Jenny to decorate the Mill in time for our fantastic event ‘Victorian Christmas’. This week (after we set up the Gingerbread House, formerly known as the car park kiosk) I caught up with Jenny to talk to her about her time as Quarry Bank Mill’s costumier. Most…

Step into Christmas…

Quarry Bank Mill is already getting into the Christmas spirit and this weekend we had a fantastic Christmas Craft fair with stalls packed with wonderful gifts and treats for all, and we loved hearing from many of you on Twitter about the great bargains you were able to snatch up! Speaking of shopping, as part…

‘Best wishes’: a glimpse at our upcoming exhibition

As you are no doubt aware; Christmas is coming! Sending your nearest and dearest a card at Christmas is a long-standing tradition reaching back into the Victorian era. They are a way to spread a little good cheer, reconnect with distant family members, recap the year’s events and bring a smile to your loved one’s…