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…

Printing block collection and a 70 piece puzzle

Hi, Museums are like icebergs, what you see is only a fraction of what is really there.  Quarry Bank is no exception and in the unassuming rooms at the back of the Mill, which house the collection and archive, are many intriguing items. The Drawn Out of Love exhibition has taught me a lot about…

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…

Piecing together Robert and Mary’s Romance

Well folks, this is my last ever blog post as I leave Quarry Bank for pastures new, and I have decided to end my tenure as blog creator & editor by returning once more to one of my favourite stories from the archive; the romance of Robert Hyde Greg and Mary Phillips, and I warn…

‘Turns out it was probably part of a cupboard…’

Back in July I got an excited phone call from Ally: “Hello! I think you need to come over the Archive, we’ve received a really interesting donation!”. I arrived in the archive to find Ally, and our then Oral History intern Sarah, heads bowed over the table examining the mystery item, which turned out to…

Arthur and Bobby’s medals, home at last – Heroes of Adventure

As many of you will know by now, currently at Quarry Bank we have an exhibition on called Heroes of Adventure, which commemorates the experiences of the Greg family, the workers and the villagers in the First World War. Ally and I led on the exhibition and we became very emotionally attached to the people’s…

Introducing Heroes of Adventure

On Saturday, our brand new exhibition Heroes of Adventure opened. It explores the effects of the First World War on the Greg family, the workers and the Mill. It’s been a year in the making and an emotional experience for Ally and I, as we have become very attached to the individuals we researched. The…

‘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…

Through the Keyhole at Quarry Bank House…

Well let’s not beat around the bush here, it should be fairly obvious to you all by now that the Greg family lived at Quarry Bank House, so if we were to try a blog style Through the Keyhole, the guessing game would be over pretty quickly. However, I know that you probably couldn’t resist having…

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….

The Greg Family Album

In November 2012, we were informed by a researcher, who was looking into Quarry Bank and slavery, that there was a remarkable book being sold by James Cummins Bookseller, New York. The book in question was actually not a book at all, but the “Family Album (Mrs S. Greg’s) 1800-1815, Quarry Bank and Ireland”. Ally…

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…