The Mill Series 2 – “My Morning as an Extra”

For the second series of The Mill, filming actually took place on one of the machine floors; the Weaving Shed. Darlow Smithson Productions wanted the scenes to look as realistic as possible, and so when the story moved into the Weaving Shed to follow Susannah Bate returning to work, it was important that our historic…

The Mill – Series 2 – best behind the scenes photos

Back at the end of April, Darlow Smithson were in their final week of filming the second series of The Mill, and I took it upon myself to loiter around the set taking photo after photo after photo. In the end I had around 300 pictures and one slightly irked producer after I accidentally wandered…

Children of The Mill by David Hanson

To accompany the second series of The Mill, a book has been released which explores the lives of the apprentices at Quarry Bank, from the beginnings of the apprentice system in the 1790s, to its end in 1847. The book is called Children of The Mill, by David Hanson. Back in July we held a…

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….

Style at Styal – our new exhibition

Happy New Year to you all! The property has been fairly quiet this week, no doubt everyone is still recovering from Christmas and the aftermath of New Year’s Eve parties. Next week the property is closed as we carry out essential maintenance to the buildings and machinery, giving the place some TLC. During the closed…

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…

Like a kid at Christmas…

Last week I went on the archive catalogue training course with some volunteers, held by Ally and Jane, and ended up feeling like a kid at Christmas when we were shown around the Collections Store. This magical treasure trove holds all the objects in our vast collection, and as I was wandering around beginning to…

Apprentice life at Quarry Bank

So who watched The Mill last night on Channel 4? If you did you’ll already have seen that the plight of the apprentices is a central part of the story – but what was life really like for the apprentices of Quarry Bank? Between 1790 and the 1830s approximately one-third of Samuel Greg’s workforce were…

The Mill on Channel 4 – Series 1

I have some seriously exciting news for you all this week! Back in February Channel 4 filmed their first ever factually inspired historical drama series at Quarry Bank, in conjunction with Darlow Smithson Productions. After five months of us staff and volunteers itching with impatience, the show is airing on Sunday 28th July at 8pm! The…

‘So when are the coconuts arriving?’

Today is an absolutely glorious day here and I’ve actually managed to venture out into the garden without being shrouded in my ski jacket! It seems that spring has finally sprung here at Quarry Bank and the garden is looking absolutely stunning, and full of beautiful colour. Come Monday the garden will be jam-packed with…