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 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.

Launch weekend

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!*

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. Booking essential for launch weekend interactive shows, and Sir Tony Robinson's talk and book signing.

Upcoming events

Bob-in Sessions

Fri 28 Apr 2017
14:30-15:15
Join us at 2:30pm each day Monday-Friday for a special talk or tour from one of our teams.

The Worst Children's Jobs in History - Launch event

Sat 29 Apr 2017
10:30-16:30
Celebrate the opening of the Worst Children' Jobs in History exhibition with a fun packed bank holiday weekend of grime, gore and graft.

The Worst Children's Jobs in History - at Quarry Bank

Sat 29 Apr 2017
10:30-16:30
Inspired by Sir Tony Robinson's Worst Jobs in History series, find out about the worst children's jobs at Quarry Bank this summer

Sir Tony Robinson family talk and book signing

Sat 29 Apr 2017
11:30-12:30
This event has now sold out, however our interactive family fun show is still available to book. Join Sir Tony Robinson as he opens our new exhibition based on his book - The Worst Children's Jobs in History (at Quarry Bank!)

The Worst Children's Jobs in History - Launch Show

Sat 29 Apr 2017
13:30-14:00
Experience our exciting and interactive Worst Children's Jobs in History show and see what it would have been like to be a child in the past.

Baby and Toddler - Storytelling and Play session

Sat 13 May 2017
09:30-10:15
Bring your little ones to Quarry Bank, for a special storytelling and play session just for them. Please book your free ticket in advance.