Education

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  • Sat
    19
    Oct
    2019
    Sun
    19
    Apr
    2020
    Quarry Bank, Styal, nr Wilmslow

    One of Manchester’s greatest mills which stood at the very cusp of the Industrial Revolution is delving deeper into the working conditions of those who lived and worked at Quarry Bank in a new exhibition, ‘A Healthy Profit.’ Opening this month at the National Trust attraction, the exhibition delves into the realities of mill life and the physical, mental and emotional toil that kept the wheels of this industrial powerhouse turning.

    At Quarry Bank, mill owner Samuel Greg hired Peter Holland as the first known physician to work in a factory. This was partly motivated by genuine concern for the poor and partly by the mill owners’ religious beliefs as Unitarians. However, a healthy workforce was also a productive workforce, ensuring healthier profits.

    In this new exhibition, visitors can journey through different parts of the body, including the brain, eyes, ears, lungs, and skeleton to uncover how long, hard days in the mill affected the workers. Historical medical equipment including glass eyes and medical chests complete with powders and potions, as well as leech jars, inhalers and ear trumpets from the Thackray Medical Museum and Manchester Medical Museum will be on display. For the very first time, visitors can also see original documents from the mill archives accounting for accidents, injuries and even causes of death at Quarry Bank.

    Exploring the connections between people, place and health both past and present, the exhibition also considers how the body is impacted today. The effects of pollution, screen time, earphones and diet, as well as the significance of the environment and outdoor spaces feature in the exhibition.

    The mill in autumn at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire

    Suzanne Kellett, Programming Manager at Quarry Bank says, ‘We’re excited to be launching this new exhibition exploring the historical pressures the human body was put through, whilst drawing parallels with our lives today. Our visitors will discover more about what working life was really like for the men, women and children of Quarry Bank and we’re encouraging them to reflect on their own wellbeing as well. There are lots of interactive elements for families which bring the subject to life and we’re looking forward to seeing what they learn along the way.”

    The National Trust has worked closely with the University of Manchester on new academic research looking into how the toil of mill work affected the body. The research has uncovered stories of what life was really like for those at Quarry Bank and how the mill’s healthy profit wasn’t necessarily driven by a healthy workforce. These findings have helped shape the new exhibition opening this autumn.

    Families visiting the exhibition will find plenty of interactive features including a giant brain revealing more about its different functions with a chance to put their concentration to the test and see how they compare to a mill worker. Visitors can also have a go at mee-mawing - a form of speech invented by the mill workers using exaggerated movements to allow lip reading over the clatter and bustle of the noisy machines.

    Throughout October half term there will be themed activities and science experiments getting families closer to what it was like to live and work at Quarry Bank.

    Inside the mill, visitors can see the historic machinery thunder into action and feel the floors shake beneath their feet. Guided tours of the Apprentice House and workers cottage also show where the men, women and children who worked at Quarry Bank lived, ate and slept after toiling for twelve hours a day in the mill.

    The new exhibition ‘A Healthy Profit’ opens on 19 October 2019 and runs until 19 April 2020. For more information visit nationaltrust.org.uk/quarry-bank or followhttps://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/quarry-bank/features/a-healthy-profit-exhibition

  • Tue
    28
    Jan
    2020
    Fri
    31
    Jul
    2020
    7:30 pmSalvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield, SK11 6XD.

    Meetings are open to the public, and admission is £2 for members and £3 for non-members including refreshments.

    For more details please contact macclesfield@fhsc.org.uk.

    2020
    28th January
    History from Local Sources a talk by Ian Doughty.

    25th February
    Wagon’s West a talk by Ian Cameron.
    Three Cheshire brothers converted to Mormonism in its early years in England and in about 1850 set off for the US with their families, heading for Salt Lake City on sailing ships and on wagons crossing the Great Plains, with three entirely different outcomes.

    24th March
    Studying the three R’s: an introduction to School and Education Records for Family Tree research
    a talk by Claire Moores.

    28th  April
    What did he die of? a talk by Sylvia Dillon.
    Exploring causes of death and where you might find death records.

    26th May
    Women of Macclesfield  - short talks.
    Some you may have heard of and others may be new to you.

    23rd June
    Tabley House a talk by Claire Pye.

    July
    Visit to Tabley House (date to be arranged)

    25th August
    Researching Military Medals a talk by Peter Ramsden

    22nd September
    AGM and “Show and Tell” bring along a family heirloom or two and tell us why they are so precious to you.

    27th October
    Bollington History including some Bollington families
    a talk by Tim Boddington

    24th November
    What’s new in Family Search?
    a talk by Val Moss

  • Thu
    02
    Apr
    2020
    Thu
    09
    Apr
    2020
    Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6HS

    If you want to witness the wonders of nature this spring, head to Tatton Park’s Farm between 2-9 April and share the excitement of Lambing Week.

    Will you be lucky enough to see a lamb being born?

    Elly Edwards, Farm Assistant, works hard throughout the winter months to synchronise the ewes to all lamb at roughly the same time.  She told us “Lambing is our favourite time of year – a sure sign that spring has sprung. The 2-9 April is going to be a very busy week at the Farm and we cannot wait! Nothing is nicer than new born lambs. Come down that week and you may be lucky enough to see a live birth.”

    The results of our sheep scanning are in!

    Elly explains that the Farm uses the same technology as hospitals, when scanning pregnant women. “The results of our sheep scanning are in and we are very pleased. We are expecting 41 lambs in total – six singles, 16 sets of twins and even one set of triplets! Now we have this information, we can give the expectant ewes the correct care and feed for the number of lambs they are carrying, to ensure the best possible results for all the animals.”

    Want to learn more about Lambing?

    Throughout Lambing Week, Farm staff share their expertise with visitors twice a day, giving informative talks at the lambing shed. Learn how they spot the signs of lambing and how they look after sheep during this extra special time.

    Times and prices for Lambing Week:

    • Thursday 2 – Thursday 9 April
    • Closed on Monday
    • Farm open 12pm-5pm (last entry 4pm)
    • Normal Farm admission applies: £8 per adult, £6 per child, £21 for a family*
    • National Trust members enjoy half price entry to the Farm
    • Parkland vehicle entry £7 (including NT members)

    *2 adults and up to 3 children

    Secrets of the Lambing Shed 9 April

    Join Tatton Park’s resident sheep expert, Elly Edwards, to discover the secrets of a successful lambing period, meet our ewes and new born lambs and help out during one of our favourite times of year on the Farm. Suitable for both adults and children aged 12 years old and above. Thurs 9 April, 10:00am – 12:00pm. Price: £18 (includes park and farm entry). To book visit tattonpark.org.uk/events or call 01625 374428

  • Tue
    16
    Jun
    2020
    Wed
    17
    Jun
    2020
    Clay House Farm, Flittogate Ln, Tabley, Knutsford WA16 0HJ

    The Royal Cheshire Show 2018 has to be one of the best ever – in fact there’s so much going on you’ll be hard pressed to cram everything in during one single day.

    The family-friendly event celebrates the agricultural heritage ingrained within the local community and with exhibitions, mouth-watering demonstrations and exhilarating performances, the Show promises visitors a great day out in the heart of Cheshire’s countryside.

    Paul Hannam – The Quad Bike Stunt Show

    This year, the Delamere Dairy Main Ring will feature quad-bike stuntman, Paul Hannam, from North Devon, who will put on a stellar display of precision riding, multiple roll stunt quad and trick riding.

    Delamere Dairy Main Ring - Royal Cheshire County Show 2019

    Visitors will also be able to experience the excitement of a day at the races condensed into Shetland Pony size with the second headline Delamere Dairy Main Ring attraction, “The Shetland Pony Grand National”.

    If you’re looking to entertain family, friends or clients a Royal Cheshire County Show VIP Marquee will fit the bill perfectly. Brand new for 2020, just four spacious 3m x 3m VIP Marquees will be available to hire for up to eight people. Prominently positioned facing the main ring with a small private garden area, the marquees will provide the perfect entertainment package. 

    The Show plays host to hundreds of competition classes for livestock, including pigs, cattle, sheep and dairy goats, as they all compete for the many coveted trophies available. Classes are also available for light and heavy horses, show jumping, rare breeds of livestock, poultry, pygmy goats, pigeons, cavies, rabbits and dogs.

    Amongst a jam-packed schedule of competitions, The Agri-Centre is a must-see experience for those who wish to learn how food is produced by Cheshire farmers with local farmers feeding calves, holding milking and sheep shearing demonstrations, along with many other presentations including veterinary care, butchery, ice cream making and bread making. 

    Trade Stands – Royal Cheshire County Show 2019

    After a successful Show debut in 2019, the Market of Makers is back for visitors to explore the very best unique, artisan and home-made products crafted by an array of skilful creators including artists, musicians, bakers, producers, designers and creators.

    Jean-Christophe Novelli

    Inside the Roberts Bakery Food Live Theatre, visitors can watch multi-Michelin star and 5/5 AA Rosette winning Chef, Author and Restaurateur, Jean-Christophe Novelli put on a mouth-water demonstration of culinary expertise. Ticketholders will also be able to taste Cheshire’s finest locally sourced produce inside the Roberts Bakery Hall which hosts local, regional and national producers and purveyors of fine food under two huge marquees.

    Rob Davenport, Show Director of The Royal Cheshire County Show, commented: “We are proud to organise this fantastic event which attracts a crowd of thousands annually from across Cheshire and beyond to experience the many interesting and fascinating aspects of farming and rural life. This year, guests will be able to browse unique handcrafted products at the Market of Makers, watch exhilarating attractions inside our brand-new VIP Marquees and view mouth-watering culinary demonstrations by our celebrity chefs – it’s all about The Royal Cheshire County Show!”

    To find out more information, or to book tickets for The Royal Cheshire County Show, please visit https://www.royalcheshireshow.org/ticket-enquiries/