Understanding the Impact of Injury and Infection among the Workers and the Wealthy of the Quarry Bank Mill (1847-1920)

Lead Research Organisation: University of Manchester
Department Name: Arts Languages and Cultures


Quarry Bank Mill is one of Britain's leading industrial heritage sites. It was a prime cotton-spinning and weaving estate, housing an industrial community. In 1845, Friedrich Engels described its intense working environs and 'family run' class structure as a site of 'patriarchal servitude'. This PhD examines the health and wellbeing of its community. A key intervention in the historiography is to compare and contrast the wealthy owners, the Greg family, with the workers, especially around health, injury and infection. The project will use current scientific research to inform historical understanding. The Mill can be used to explore the wider question of how ill-health and injury traps people in poverty both in the past and present.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
ES/P000665/1 01/10/2017 30/09/2027
1902089 Studentship ES/P000665/1 01/10/2017 30/09/2020 Jamie Farrington