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

Explore the Outdoors

Fri 23 Feb 2018
10:30-16:00
Head outside and discover all the wonderful wildlife and amazing family adventures you can have in the gardens and woodland at Quarry Bank.

February half-term - Welly Walks

Fri 23 Feb 2018
11:00-11:30
Get your wellies on and take a walk on the wild side this February half-term. Explore the gardens and woodland at Quarry Bank with an interactive, exciting and wild walk for all the family.

Have-a-go: Nature Explorers

Sat 24 Feb 2018
13:00-15:00
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.

Lost Voices

Sat 03 Mar 2018
10:30-16:00
Lost Voices explores the experiences of women whose stories were not heard, and which are often lost to us today because of their age, status or means. Installations across Quarry Bank will bring their voices to life.

Lost Voices Launch Event

Sat 03 Mar 2018
11:00-16:00
Explore the lost voices of Quarry Bank's women with a special tour, an opportunity to meet our writer-in-residence and a special performance from AbouTime Dance Company.

Lost Voices Launch Event - Talk and tea with Dr Ruth Colton

Sat 03 Mar 2018
13:00-15:00
Dr Ruth Colton from the University of Manchester will be hosting a talk with tea and cake, exploring the themes of Lost Voices and how they relate to women's experiences today.