Celebrating 30 years of the Apprentice House

Costumed interpreter in Quarry Bank House

Thursday 9 August 2018 marks 30 years since the Apprentice House opened to visitors. Join us to celebrate the anniversary with a day of activities, storytelling and crafts. We’re collecting your memories of the Apprentice House too, and sharing them in a personal memory book.

Early in 2018 we received a donation of a box of papers to the Quarry Bank archive. Inside were two press cuttings from 1988 announcing the opening of the Apprentice House to visitors, who would be able to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the past. The Wilmslow Express Advertiser went with the headline ‘Styal dream is realised’ and the Manchester Metro News celebrated that the Apprentice House experience was the first of its kind in the country. The dates of the articles were particularly important, as they confirmed the date that the Apprentice House opened and meant that we could plan the 30th anniversary event for Thursday 9 August.  

Costumed interpreter with children writing with quills

Celebrate with us

On the day itself, you’ll be able to join in with wash day in the Apprentice House gardens and try out doing laundry the nineteenth century way. Or head inside the house to sign your very own apprentice indenture, hear the story of runaway apprentice Thomas Priestley and find out more about the apprentices’ lives. In the mill café, you can get a taste of apprentice life and try traditional lobscouse, which the children would have eaten.

Share your memories

We're also gathering stories of the Apprentice House over the past 30 years. Whether you remember it opening for the first time, you visited as a child, or you've just started visiting we’d love to hear from you. You can write or draw in our personal memory book, which will be looked after for the future in the Quarry Bank archive.

Upcoming events

Lost Voices

Sat 18 Aug 2018
Lost Voices explores the experiences of women whose stories were not heard, and which are often lost to us today because of their age, status or means. Installations across Quarry Bank will bring their voices to life.

Journeys of the Imagination

Sat 18 Aug 2018
Pack your bags for an adventure as we discover the incredible journeys made by the people of Quarry Bank. Based on newly written stories by Berlie Doherty with beautiful illustrations by Emma Baldwin.

Summer Holidays: Moving to the Mill

Mon 20 Aug 2018
During the Industrial Revolution lots of workers migrated north in search of work. Journey along the canal with 9 year old Rebekah Steevens and her family as they travel to Quarry Bank

Nature Walk with the Rangers

Mon 20 Aug 2018
Join one of our ranger team every Monday for a special nature walk through the Southern Woods.

SOLD OUT Go Batty!

Mon 20 Aug 2018
Head along the River Bollin to find out about the night time residents of Quarry Bank Estate, includes a tasty bat-shaped biscuit.

Garden Tour

Tue 21 Aug 2018
Join one of our garden team every Tuesday for a special guided tour.