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Original cash books and ledgers in the Manager’s Office at Quarry Bank

Original cash books and ledgers in the Manager’s Office at Quarry Bank

Since launching the appeal in January we have had a great initial response, and we have been able to start planning the areas we want to focus on first.

The Quarry Bank archive is particularly important, with much of the contents aging every day, we need to work quickly to capture the information held within.

Dating back to 1784, the archive paints a vivid picture of life in an early cotton mill community and includes records of every single worker who worked in Quarry Bank Mill and the country’s only complete surviving Workers’ Library.

So it’s wonderful to be able to report that from August we’ll begin work to catalogue its contents. Getting this in place will also help us to develop new and exciting ways of accessing the fantastic stories hidden within.

In preparation, the team are developing a suitable cataloguing structure and training up a team of volunteers ready for when work begins.

We still have a lot of work to do, and your help is still needed, but thank you for your support thus far.

Visit Quarry Bank

Visit Quarry Bank and look around an exhibition of costumes and props from 'The Mill' drama.

Britain is the nation it is today thanks to places like Quarry Bank.
 

Dan Snow supporting our Quarry Bank appeal

Historian and Television presenter, Dan Snow, tells us why he believes Quarry Bank is so important and why we need your support to make sure that the real stories behind the workers are fully revealed.

Quarry Bank revealed

Find out more about the incredible stories unearthed in our archive.

Help us tell these unique stories

  • £50 would enable us to buy touchable props to tell these unique stories
  • £100 could begin essential restoration of chattels for the workers' cottage, to help bring a worker's story to life

Help us to complete Quarry Bank

  • £250 would allow us to bring to life the unique story of a single mill worker
  • £500 could pay for half a day's conservation of the cast iron framed curvilinear glasshouse

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