On 25 August Quarry Bank will open to the public as a fully transformed and re‐interpreted estate. Mather & Co has been involved in this HLF-funded project over three years, working with the National Trust to redesign it as a complete site with a new welcome building and six individual venue experiences. Visitors will for the first time be able to tailor their visit and fully access all areas of the site.
The overall story concept has been changed to focus on the dramatic first 50 years of the mill’s history, a period which saw Quarry Bank at its most globally significant belonging to the first generation of cotton mills in the world.
From new hands-on interactives and displays in the Back Sheds to a hub in Styal Village telling the stories of the people that lived there, the new offer is diverse and tailored to different audiences. In Quarry Bank House visitors can experience the domestic lives of Quarry Bank’s owners and gain an insight into the thoughts and writings of Hannah Greg and her children.
In the mill, visitors will be able to experience the sights and sounds of the mill, put themselves in the mill workers’ shoes and learn about the amazing story of power and engineering. They can explore the intricate warp and weft to learn about the origins of the mill and become immersed in the daily lives of the workforce in an atmospheric AV show. On the lower two floors and in the working sheds they can explore the story of power through interactivity, engaging with volunteers and a beautiful lightbox story installation.
When Quarry Bank Mill opened in 1784, it represented the beginning of a new age. This project signals a new age for Quarry Bank – one where the lives and pioneering spirit of this complete site are brought to life once more for visitors.