The Worst Children's Jobs in History (at Quarry Bank!)

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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 2017 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.

Summer holidays

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.

Upcoming events

Exhibition: A Healthy Profit

Tue 25 Feb 2020
10:30-17:00
In a new exhibition we explore the physical, mental and emotional toil of working in a mill.

Mill Trail: Become a Factory Inspector

Tue 25 Feb 2020
10:30-17:00
Become a factory inspector and have a go at our family trail around the mill created by children’s author Philip Ardagh.

National Trust at 125: Leap for Nature

Sat 29 Feb 2020
11:00-15:00
Join us on this special leap day for a variety of fun, nature based-activities for the whole family.

Nature Walk

Mon 02 Mar 2020
11:30-12:15
Join one of our ranger team every Monday and experience Quarry Bank's seasonal sights and sounds.

Hands-On History

Mon 02 Mar 2020
14:00-15:00
Hold history in your hands with objects and documents from Quarry Bank's archive and collection.

Mill Curiosities Tour

Mon 02 Mar 2020
15:30-16:00
Discover the mystery of the Greg family portrait, original features and an unsolved robbery in this unconventional tour.