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

Thu 21 Nov 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.

Exhibition: A Healthy Profit

Thu 21 Nov 2019
10:30-17:00
In a new exhibition we explore the physical, mental and emotional toil of working in a mill.

#ThanksToYou - National Lottery Thank You Campaign 2019

Sat 23 Nov 2019
10:00-16:00
We are once again this year participating in the National Lottery's #ThanksToYou campaign which offers free entry to Quarry Bank to anyone with a National Lottery ticket or scratch card from 23-24 November and 27-29 November.

Reindeer Winter Walk

Wed 27 Nov 2019
10:30-17:00
Take a walk at Quarry Bank this winter and see if you can spot the reindeer hidden around the gardens. How many can you find?

Christmas at Quarry Bank

Wed 27 Nov 2019
10:30-17:00
Explore Quarry Bank this Christmas with a variety of festive activities for all ages.

Baby and Toddler meet Father Christmas

Fri 29 Nov 2019
10:00-10:30
Join us for a special Christmas baby and toddler story-telling and play session which includes a private family visit to Father Christmas and gift just for your little one.