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Unintended Consequences: Moss walk and micro-terrarium workshop

Sat 24th September, 13:00 - 15:00

Discover Quarry Bank Mill in microscopic detail, immersing yourself in microfauna, delving into microbiomes of moss and lichen and encountering strange microorganisms that inhabit these spaces

As part of the Unintended Consequences programme at Quarry Bank National Park, FutureEverything, in partnership with the National Trust, have curated a season of special maker-led activities and workshops for visitors to Quarry Bank Mill.

In this workshop with Antony Hill you will be identifying species through macrophotography, collecting samples and learning how to cultivate moss. You will create a miniature terrarium (sealed self-sufficient ecosystem) to take away. Materials provided. Participants need to bring a smartphone or camera to take photos. If you are interested in learning more about nature recording and want to record and upload your results digitally during the workshop, please download iNaturalist, which we will be using during the workshop.

Registration to this event is essential, click below to sign up.

Please Note:

  • On arrival please go to the Mill Yard, and follow signage to the event location. Please arrive five minutes before the start of your session begins.
  • Footwear and clothing suitable for the outdoors.
  • The event space is fully accessible.
  • Suitable for visitors over the age of 16.
  • If you are a not a National Trust member, an admission charge applies for entry to the buildings and the gardens on the estate if you wish to explore before or after the event.

Unintended Consequences

Unintended Consequences is a programme of activity exploring the impact of the industrial revolution through stories of environmental change present within the Quarry Bank landscape. Through a series of participatory events, the project is inviting us to consider what we can do to create a more sustainable future.

The Unintended Consequence workshops will run in parallel to Gathering Downstreaman installation created by artist Jen Southern produced by FutureEverything which launched at Quarry Bank in May 2022.The artwork explores the legacy of the Industrial Revolution and its, often exploitative, impact on the landscape and people. It gathers together the movement of plants, rocks, people and machines, through their relationship to water. From the river and damp air that brought both mossy abundance and the cotton mill to Quarry Bank, to the drought and flooding that are two of the biggest global impacts of the climate crisis.

The installation will be on display until November 25th, 2022.