A Healthy Profit Exhibition

National Trust Quarry Bank, Styal, Wilmslow, SK9 4HP

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A Healthy Profit explores what life was like for workers at Quarry Bank, who, like those at the hundreds of other cotton mills and factories that sprang up across the north during the Industrial Revolution, experienced terrible working conditions. Life-threatening injuries, infections and particularly cotton lung (caused by a lack of ventilation) were common. Life-expectancy was short, even for those at Quarry Bank ¬– the first known mill to provide healthcare for its workers.

The exhibition is based on new research by the University of Manchester and the original notes of the Knutsford-born surgeon Peter Holland, who attended the Mill and has since been deemed a pioneer of occupational medicine. Not for the overly squeamish, you will encounter an array of historic medical equipment that would have been used to treat workers, including glass eyes and medical chests complete with powders and potions, as well as leech jars, inhalers and ear trumpets from our own archive and from the Manchester Museum of Medicine and Health.

Framed as a journey through the different parts of the human body, A Healthy Profit will appeal to adults and children alike, with plenty of interactive displays. It also explores how this history is relevant to health and wellbeing today – effects of pollution, screen time, earphones and diet, as well as the significance of the environment and outdoor spaces also feature in the exhibition.

Normal admission charges apply

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Opening Times

exhibition (17 Jan 2024 - 14 Apr 2024)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:30 - 16:00

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Tel: 01625527468

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