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

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

Tue 27 Jun 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

Bob-in Sessions

Tue 27 Jun 2017
14:30-15:15
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.

Outdoor Theatre: Around the World in 80 Days

Fri 07 Jul 2017
19:00-21:30
Join Phileas Fogg as he races around the globe, in an amateur performance by Wilmslow Green Room. Performed in the beautiful setting of Quarry Bank's gardens. Original author Jules Verne, adapted by Laura Eason. By arrangement with Nick Hern books.

Baby and Toddler - Storytelling and Play session

Sat 08 Jul 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 tickets in advance.

Behind the scenes - Machines

Sat 15 Jul 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.

Behind the scenes - Have a go

Sat 22 Jul 2017
13:00-15:00
One Saturday a month we invite you join us to have a go and try out new things at Quarry Bank Led by our expert team, this is a real opportunity to find out more about this fascinating place.