It’s all about you…

This week Emma brings us another update on the Quarry Bank Project.  I love working on the Quarry Bank Project; the project is so multi-faceted and it will have an impact in so many ways. In previous blog posts I have talked about the capital works, our plans for the upper garden and the glasshouse….

New Life in Quarry Bank Gardens

A few weeks ago I had a lovely morning wandering around Quarry Bank’s gardens on a tour for staff and volunteers, by Sarah Witts (below), the Head Gardener here at Quarry Bank. There certainly have been a lot of changes and huge effort has been put in, by both the garden staff and volunteers, to get…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Indiana Jones has nothing on us…

Alright, so maybe we’re not saving the world or managing to outrun death by avoiding a boulder of doom, but we’ve had an expert team of archaeologists in from Matrix Archaeology in Manchester, who are making some really interesting and important finds in the gardens. The Gregs may have found Quarry Bank House and Norcliffe Hall draughty during the…

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…

Treasure from the Archive – The Gregs

As part of the project to restore and reunite all the parts of Quarry Bank, our archive is finally being properly catalogued, and the archive cataloguing team, led by Ally and Jane have already found some really intriguing finds. This week I’ll be looking at a selection of objects which relate to the Greg family, but in…

The Big Family Day Out at Quarry Bank

The Big Family Day Out is a festival of volunteering, between 23rd July and 7th August, taking place across six National Trust properties. We’ve just finished up our events here at Quarry Bank which saw 70 people come together to make lots of bat and bird boxes as a family, for use around the estate to give…