Get your skates on…

It’s not just the archive that has been revealing all sorts of treasures. The collection here at Quarry Bank is full of all sorts of weird and wonderful objects, like the costume I told you about a few months ago. Suitably for December, one of our Heritage Volunteers, Laura Critchlow, has been examining a pair…

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…

It was thiiiiiis big…

Well aren’t I spoiling you all with two posts this week! Today, as I crossed over the bridge to enter the Mill, I spotted one of our rangers, Tim, in the Mill Yard, who promptly raised up the giant fish in his arms and yelled “salmon!” at me.  Oddly, not the strangest way I’ve been greeted…

Revolutionary Walking Tours

Over the summer we have had lots of exciting events held in aid of the Quarry Bank Appeal, and as I mentioned in last week’s post there are quite a few more to look forward to. This week I’m handing over to Jane Speller our Archive and Collections Officer to tell you all about the…

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…

We got the Big Fat Yes!

Excitement and relief has been rife throughout the property this week as we learned on Friday amidst a shroud of secrecy that we secured a Heritage Lottery Fund for our ‘More than a Mill’ appeal project! If you check out my posts “What Makes Quarry Bank Special”  & “And we have lift off!” you can…

Scarecrow Festival

For the past couple of weeks the word on everyone’s lips here at Quarry Bank has been ‘scarecrow’. We’ve all been busy making our entries for the Scarecrow Festival and in several cases this has led to a heightened atmosphere of competitiveness and secrecy, with lots of entrants determined to win ‘Best Scarecrow’ in their…

A new type of adventure…

For this post I’m handing over to Carrie-Anne, our Learning and Interpretation Assistant and new Geocaching expert! Go Geocaching with the National Trust My name is Carrie-Anne and I am a Geocacher!  One of my jobs at Quarry Bank is creating trails for our visitors to use.  Most recently I created a geocaching trail around Styal Village, along…

Our Feathered Friends: Quarry Bank’s Big Garden Bird Watch 2013

Quarry Bank isn’t just home to humans. Both the gardens and Styal Estate are home to a variety of different species, including a huge variety of birds. The gardens here at Quarry Bank covers a vast 13 acres including formal gardens meadow and woodland walks. Ann Gaughan, one of our gardeners, felt that the gardens…

What makes Quarry Bank special?

Well 2013 is already well underway, but amidst all this slush and snow I can’t help but long for summer to arrive! My mind keeps being drawn back to last summer, and what a summer we had!  Sportsmen and royals, volunteers and paralympic heroes; the nation was buzzing.  If you were to ask what image summed up…

Escaping the office

Today is an absolutely b-e-a-utiful day here at Quarry Bank and I’ve thankfully managed to escape the office twice to take full advantage! Firstly, it was to assist Rachel (our Visitor Experience and Marketing Assistant, and my boss) and Lesley (our Visitor Reception Manager) to take down all the decorations we had up for Spooky Tours. Despite…