Meet the Learning Interns

In my earlier blog post I introduced myself (Visitor Experience Intern) and the Archives/Collections Interns, Josh and Helen. But there are more friendly, new faces at Quarry Bank, as Learning Interns, Sarah, Suzanne and Laura, are working hard to give school groups and children fantastic, and of course educational, days out. I now hand over…

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…

Replacing the Water Wheel Blind at Quarry Bank

Last week we heard from our volunteer millwright Vince about the work that is under way at Nether Alderley Mill, our sister property. This week I’m handing over to Bruce, one of our Power Volunteers to hear all about the water wheel’s Blind replacement that has been happening here at Quarry Bank… The Norfolk Millwright…

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…

Heroes of Adventure – Madge Greg – life as a VAD nurse in WW1

On Monday at 10pm the UK brought an end to a day of commemorating the centenary of the First World War by participating in the ‘Lights Out’ event, to remember the lives lost in the conflict. Our exhibition Heroes of Adventure commemorates the involvement of the Greg family, the mill workers and the villagers of…

Conservation in action on Styal Estate

Here at Quarry Bank we don’t just look after historic buildings, we also care for the huge estate that comprises of the Northern and Southern Woods, donated to us along with the Mill, in 1939.  The estate is managed by our dedicated team of Rangers and volunteers, who protect and restore these beautiful grounds. Part…

Voices from the First World War – Heroes of Adventure

This weekend we were lucky enough to be visited by Margaret (Susan) Fowler, the daughter of Helen Greg who features in our new exhibition Heroes of Adventure. Margaret provided us with an invaluable oral history interview, as well as loaning us boxes of letters, postcards and photographs of the Greg siblings; Arthur, Bobby, Madge and…

The Joys of Steam

We have a brand new Heritage Intern, Jess, who has been working with our brilliant Power Volunteers for the past few months, and in doing so, has found a brand new passion… ‘If there is poetry to be found anywhere in a cotton mill it is in the engine-house you will find it.’ (Autobiography of…

Scarecrow Festival 2014

Yesterday morning I found myself manhandling Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, Gary Lineker and Miss Havisham. In scarecrow form of course. This year the theme of our annual Scarecrow Festival is ‘Film and TV stars’, as Quarry Bank is set to once more grace TV screens this summer in Series 2 of The Mill. Last year…

A Day in the life of…Vicky and Tim, LTV Rangers

What with the tremendous amount of wind and rain we’ve had the past few weeks, our Estate team have had their work cut out for them, clearing paths and removing fallen trees. The team has just acquired two new Long Term Volunteers, Vicky and Tim and this week I hand over to them to hear…