Our work

The Quarry Bank Project

A story of humanity at the edge of revolution

Quarry Bank has all the threads of an epic story – we need your help to tie them together.

As part of the Quarry Bank Project we’ve launched a £1.9 million appeal to help us reunite and recreate the compelling stories of Quarry Bank, one of the world’s first industrial communities and key to the story of the Industrial Revolution.

Donate to the Quarry Bank Appeal

Restoring the upper garden

Upper Garden

We acquired the upper garden in 2010 which included a derelict curvilinear glasshouse.

We're working hard to return the garden to its former glory. Help us to restore the dilapidated glasshouse by sponsoring a pane or make a donation to the garden restoration.

Real mill workers' world

Styal village was home to the mill workers at Quarry Bank.

We will restore a cottage to appear as it did in the 19th century, open it up to the public and reveal the mill workers' world.

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Unlocking Quarry Bank House

Quarry Bank House

Quarry Bank House was the Greg family home.

We will open Quarry Bank House to the public for the first time so you can appreciate the remarkable juxtaposition of mill worker and mill owner.

Donate now to open Quarry Bank House

Improving your experience

Follow a choice of seasonal family trails

By seeking to open the mill owner’s house and the worker’s cottage; by restoring the upper garden and northern woods and refreshing the mill, Quarry Bank has the potential to be transformed from ‘just a mill’ to an entire early industrial landscape.

Find out what this means for your visit and support our work by donating to the appeal

Opening up the pleasure grounds

Northern Woods

We will restore the original footpaths, bridges and landscape in the Northern Woods, making the Gregs' pleasure grounds accessible to everyone. Read about what we plan to do.

Donate to the Quarry Bank Appeal

Breathing new life into the mill

We have live demonstrations of machinery

We will provide better access with a new entrance from ground floor level and a lift to access all five levels, opening 2018. This will enable you and your family to enjoy all areas of the mill. In addition, we will change the stories that we tell in the mill as we begin to spread current stories across the whole site.

Discover the plans or give a gift to support our work


Quarry Bank revealed

The millwrights and tacklers of Quarry Bank Mill in c.1880

Keep up to date with all the latest news at Quarry Bank including a peek behind the scenes on our blog.

We need your support

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To complete this fantastic project and carry out the essential work we need your support to achieve our plans.

Find out how you can help us.

The Quarry Bank Project

is generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund