The Worst Children's Jobs in History (at Quarry Bank!)
You'd better be ready to put in a hard day's work at Quarry Bank this summer! From Saturday 29 April to Sunday 10 September we'll be putting you through your paces on an interactive family exhibition and trail. Join us for the Worst Children's Jobs in History (at Quarry Bank!), inspired by Sir Tony Robinson's captivating Worst Jobs series.
Fancy twisting together pieces of cotton for 12 hours a day? Perhaps you’d rather sweep the floors? Follow in the footsteps of the Gong Scourers, Mole Catchers, Piecers and Bird Scarers this summer and find out exactly what kids had to put up with to earn a day’s wages in the past.
The Worst Children’s Jobs in History (at Quarry Bank!) combines Sir Tony Robinson’s captivating Worst Jobs series with our amazing archive to uncover what life was really like for the children at Quarry Bank. Follow the interactive family trail around Quarry Bank to test your mettle against some of the most exhausting, dirtiest and disgusting jobs in all of history.
Join us from Saturday 29 April to Monday 1 May to launch The Worst Children's Jobs in History (at Quarry Bank!). In exciting interactive shows throughout the weekend, try out some of the worst jobs in history and see if the overlookers think you’re up to scratch. Visit our What's On pages to book your free tickets for the interactive shows. Sir Tony Robinson's talk and book signing has now sold out.*
May half term: the Worst Children's Jobs Job Shop
From Monday 29 May to Friday 2 June, visit the Worst Children’s Jobs Job Shop to answer the interactive quiz and find out whether you’d be a cheery chimney sweep or a magnificent mole catcher. Don't get fired!*
Grafting in the Garden: Monday 24 July to Friday 4 August (weekdays)
Are you scary enough to chase away the birds, or agile enough to catch a mole? Try out the worst gardening jobs in history.*
Muck in at t’Mill: Monday 7 August to Friday 18 August (weekdays)
Can you stoke a boiler, move the muck from under a mule or carry a can? Find out which worst mill job is for you.*
‘Ard work at the Apprentice House: Monday 21 August to Friday 1 September (weekdays excluding Bank Holiday Monday)
Calling all cobble collectors, thieving toe-rags and poop scoopers! Come and tackle the
worst jobs done by children at the Apprentice House.*
*All events included in Quarry Bank admission charge. Free admission for National Trust members. Booking essential for launch weekend interactive shows, and Sir Tony Robinson's talk and book signing.