Transforming the mill
As part of the Quarry Bank Project, we’re transforming your experience of the mill. We’re installing a passenger lift, which will mean that for the first time the whole mill will be accessible to everyone. To allow this work to take place the mill is closed from Monday 20 November 2017, with a full re-opening in summer 2018. The rest of Quarry Bank will remain open throughout the closure of the mill, with lots of new experiences and exciting things for you and your family to get involved in.
There’ll still be lots to see and do at Quarry Bank throughout the mill closure. You can experience the domestic lives of Quarry Bank’s owners and workers in Quarry Bank House, the Apprentice House and Styal village. In the gardens, which are open in the winter for the first time, you can enjoy a wintery walk and see spring burst into life as the seasons change. Pop into the garden café and shop to indulge in a piece of cake or a treat to take home with you, and venture onto the estate to see a part of Quarry Bank that you might not have been to before.
Events and exhibitions
Throughout 2018, we’ll also be launching exciting new exhibitions and experiences. Join us for family fun as we embark on a spring nature trail and explore all the wonderful wildlife of spring.
We’ll also be marking the centenary of the Representation of the People Act that granted some women the right to vote. Despite the significance of this momentous change, the majority of women at Quarry Bank were denied a legal voice as they didn’t meet the age and property qualifications of the Act. Through outdoor installations and events, we’ll be exploring the experiences of women whose voices were not heard then, that have not been recorded for posterity and which are often lost to us today because of their age, status or means.
Take a piece of Quarry Bank home with you
Throughout the closure of the mill, you’ll still be able to experience the mill’s story in different ways. From December 2017 you can join a tour to the mill yard to explore the story of the mill. You can also take a piece of Quarry Bank home with you, as glass cloths produced on the heritage machinery in the mill will be available to buy from the mill and garden shops. The mill shop is open throughout the mill works, apart from a short period of refurbishment in January 2018. We’ll announce the date that the mill will fully re-open in July 2018.