School trip to Quarry Bank Mill
Founded by Samuel Greg in 1784, is one of the best preserved textile mills of the Industrial Revolution. The early mill was a 4-storey structure, efficient and simple in design.
Over the decades it was enlarged and updated such that by the 1860s, it was the headquarters of one of the largest cotton manufacturing businesses in the world. The mill sits on the banks of the River Bollin in the Styal Estate in close proximity to Manchester – the hub of Britain’s cotton industry.
Before the Mill was built, Styal village was a small collection of barns and cottages. As the Mill expanded, many of these original farm buildings were converted into accommodation for the mill workers. The Apprentice House, built in 1792, provided living quarters for young boys and girls from the local parish who were being trained to work in the mill.
The Mill and Styal estate remained in the ownership of the Greg family for five generations until 1939 when they were given to the National Trust.
Explore the Mill with a class visit
See working machinery in action
Experience heritage machinery at work in the mill. You can feel the floors shake with the power of the spinning machines or hear the clatter of the weaving looms at work. The machinery is demonstrated daily by members of their technical team, who can answer your questions and tell you more about working life in the mill.
Samuel’s Industrial Enterprise
Find out about Samuel Greg, the founder of Quarry Bank, and his journey from being a young boy in Belfast to building his cotton business. In this gallery you can also see hand-spinning and weaving demonstrations, and discover more about the history of the cotton trade and the exploitation that was at the heart of Britain’s global expansion.
See the mill through the eyes of its workforce. The sights and sounds of working in the mill are brought to life in an immersive audio visual experience. You can also find out about the different types of work done by men, women and children, and the accidents and injuries that happened to Quarry Bank’s workers. Please be aware that the audio visual experience contains loud noises and some flashing lights.
The story of power: Water Power, Steam Power, Brain Power
The ingenuity of engineers was essential to the early Industrial Revolution. In these galleries you can explore how the mill was powered and the brains behind the technology. Have a go at interactive engineering challenges in the Brain Power gallery, and see the historic steam engines and waterwheel in action.
Primary schools can enjoy a fun-packed day covering a wide range of subjects
Quarry Bank hosts universities, colleges and adult learning groups to combine a great day out with further education courses and subjects.
Please book your visit through the Learning Office as they are a popular site for schools and cannot guarantee entrance on the day.