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

Behind the scenes - Machines

Sat 17 Nov 2018
One Saturday a month we invite you join us as we look at the Mill and its machinery in more depth. Led by our expert team, this is a real opportunity to find out more about this fascinating place.

Have-a-go: Nature Explorers

Sat 24 Nov 2018
Every month 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.

Baby and Toddler meet Father Christmas

Fri 30 Nov 2018
Join us for a special Christmas baby and toddler storytelling and play session which includes a private family visit to Father Christmas and a gift just for your little one. Normal admission charges apply.

Once Upon a Winter's Day

Fri 30 Nov 2018
Get lost in traditional stories at Quarry Bank this Christmas. Explore the mill, gardens and houses to re-discover festive classics such as A Christmas Carol, The Nutcracker and The Snow Queen.

Meet Father Christmas at Quarry Bank

Sat 01 Dec 2018
Wish lists at the ready! Join in with a special half-hour session of festive activities, including a private family visit to Father Christmas and a gift. Admission charges apply.