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

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

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.

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

Arts and Wonder Season

Sun 22 Oct 2017
10:30-16:30
Arts and Wonder is a season of creative responses to the themes of work, leisure and the legacy of industrialisation. Supported by Trust New Art.

Meteorites & Fireballs - Cosmodome

Mon 23 Oct 2017
11:00-11:30
Step into space and learn about astronomy in our interactive inflatable Cosmodome this October half term. Run by the physics outreach department from the University of York. As part of Manchester Science Festival.

Meteorites & Fireballs

Mon 23 Oct 2017
11:00-16:00
Inspired by the Greg's interest in space and science, join us for science family fun at Quarry Bank this October half term. As part of Manchester Science Festival.

Bob-in Sessions

Mon 23 Oct 2017
11:30-12:15
Join us at 11:30am on Mondays and 2:30pm each day Tuesday-Friday for a special talk or tour from one of our teams.

Spooky Tours

Fri 27 Oct 2017
18:30-19:15
Join us if you dare for an even scarier, interactive spooky tour of the Mill, performed by the nrg theatre company and students from Staffordshire University.

Behind the scenes - Machines

Sat 18 Nov 2017
14:00-15:00
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.