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.