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

February Half Term - Trouble at t' Mill

Thu 21 Feb 2019
Become a factory inspector and try out the brand new family trail in the mill created by Philip Ardagh and Jamie Littler. On Monday 18th February there will also be an opportunity to meet Philip Ardagh himself!

Have-a-go - Nature Explorers

Sat 23 Feb 2019
Every month in Spring you can have a go at a wild outdoor activity at Quarry Bank. From pond-dipping to wild art, there's always a new adventure to enjoy.

Make and Take

Sat 02 Mar 2019
Give us a helping hand at making sessions where you can make one for Quarry Bank and one for you to take home.

Baby and Toddler - Storytelling and Play session

Sat 09 Mar 2019
Bring your little ones to Quarry Bank for a special storytelling and play session just for them. Suitable for children 6 months - 4 years. Please book your tickets in advance.

Rights of the Child

Sat 06 Apr 2019
In this new exhibition, explore the experiences of the hundreds of children who worked at Quarry Bank and discover how children's rights have changed over time.

Spring Holidays - Right to Play

Sat 06 Apr 2019
Join us as we launch our Rights of the Child exhibition with two weeks of activities all about the right to play.