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

Mill Trail: Become a Factory Inspector

Sat 21 Sep 2019
10:30-16:00
Become a factory inspector and have a go at our family trail around the mill created by children’s author Philip Ardagh.

Rights of the Child

Sat 21 Sep 2019
10:30-17:00
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.

Glorious Phantoms

Sat 21 Sep 2019
10:30-17:00
200 years after the Peterloo Massacre, two films created by artist family Gary, Grace, Hope and Merrick will inspire conversations about rights and responsibilities, freedoms and the power to create change. Shown at Quarry Bank and Dunham Massey

Spoon Carving Workshop

Sun 22 Sep 2019
10:00-16:00
Come and try your hand at carving a spoon in the setting of the beautiful Quarry Bank estate

Nature Walk

Mon 23 Sep 2019
11:30-12:30
Join one of our ranger team every Monday and experience Quarry Bank's seasonal sights and sounds.

Water Power Tour

Wed 25 Sep 2019
14:30-15:00
Join one of our expert team for a specialised tour on all things water power.