YOUR VOL­UN­TEER

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

Name: Danika Grace Lloyd. Which or­gan­i­sa­tion are you in­volved with?: The Na­tional Trust - Quarry Bank. What does the or­gan­i­sa­tion do?: Pro­tects and de­vel­ops many of our na­tion’s spe­cial places for the joy of ev­ery­body. How did you be­come a vol­un­teer?: I was on a spe­cial guided tour at Quarry Bank af­ter the first sea­son of the Chan­nel 4 se­ries ‘The Mill’ had aired. At the end of the tour we were able to look at some very old doc­u­ments from the ar­chives - some of which no­body had yet been able to read and ‘de­code’ and the our guide jok­ingly said: ‘If any­body can help feel free’; I man­aged to read the doc­u­ments in ques­tion and some­body ran for a pen, and an ar­chives man­ager then asked if I would con­sider vol­un­teer­ing for them. Quarry Bank had al­ways been a place I loved to visit and the op­por­tu­nity seemed too good to pass on – so now I vol­un­teer at least one full day a fort­night for Quarry Bank, mak­ing up my own work hours by start­ing early and fin­ish­ing late two days a week. I started this over two years ago and have never

looked back! Which projects have you been in­volved with re­cently?: A fan­tas­tic tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tion called ‘Un­earthed’ (which is on at Quarry Bank un­til 17 April) and tells the story of key char­ac­ters con­nected to Quarry Bank’s gar­dens, past and present. I had the plea­sure of be­ing able to be in­volved at all stages from plan­ning and re­search to ex­hi­bi­tion space de­sign and in­ter­pre­tive writ­ing for the in­for­ma­tion pan­els and un­cov­ered some fas­ci­nat­ing his­tor­i­cal in­for­ma­tion. What do you en­joy most about do­ing this?: The fact that I can use my skills to make a real dif­fer­ence to such a spe­cial place is an im­mense priv­i­lege. I’ve man­aged to an­swer ques­tions about his­tor­i­cal char­ac­ters pre­vi­ously thought to be unan­swer­able, such as ‘what hap­pened to Su­san­nah Cat­ter­all?’ who was one of the lead char­ac­ters in ‘The Mill’ TV se­ries. No­body knew what be­came of her af­ter she be­came preg­nant dur­ing her time as an ap­pren­tice at Quarry Bank un­til I picked up the case as a re­search pro­ject. This and many other dis­cov­er­ies have gone on to con­trib­ute to the vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence and will con­tinue to do so - I, my­self, am one of those many vis­i­tors fas­ci­nated by Quarry Bank and the peo­ple who lived and worked there and it’s such an ex­cit­ing time to be in­volved! What is your favourite place in Mac­cles­field?: I love walk­ing in Bolling­ton and ex­plor­ing his­toric trails know­ing peo­ple have walked them for hun­dreds of years. Ideally how would you spend ev­ery day?: I am ex­tremely lucky in that I do spend ev­ery day in my ideal way! When not con­duct­ing re­search for Quarry Bank I am con­duct­ing fam­ily his­tory re­search for pri­vate clients. Each day is dif­fer­ent and ex­cit­ing, I never know what I will dis­cover next, and my re­search takes me all over the coun­try. What was the best hol­i­day you have been on?: I spent some time in Kenya 10 years ago set­ting up an English teach­ing pro­gramme at Nairobi Chil­dren’s Home which I ab­so­lutely loved, I met some truly amaz­ing peo­ple. More re­cently - last year my part­ner and I spent a week in a 400-year-old fish­er­man’s cot­tage in Whitby for my birth­day which was so much fun; Whitby is such a his­tor­i­cally fas­ci­nat­ing and mag­i­cal place. If money were no ob­ject what would you do?: I’d con­tinue with the same work I do now but I’d work com­pletely for free. Help­ing peo­ple trace long lost fam­ily and friends and dis­cover their fam­ily’s his­tory is in­cred­i­bly re­ward­ing and if money were no ob­ject I’d do it all with­out cost and would spend a lot more time vol­un­teer­ing at Quarry Bank – they wouldn’t be able to get rid of me! If I had money be­yond what I needed to be com­fort­able I’d do­nate the rest to lo­cal char­i­ties. What one piece of ad­vice would you give?: Take good care of your­self – when you are happy you’re much more able to help oth­ers. One of my favourite say­ings is: ‘You can’t re­fill the glasses of oth­ers if your jug is empty’. What was your first job?: I worked as a fash­ion model be­tween the ages of 13-17 be­fore quit­ting to fol­low what, for me, was a more in­ter­est­ing and re­ward­ing path. What is on your CD / MP3 player?: A huge va­ri­ety of mu­sic and au­dio­books! The artists I tend to click on the most in­clude Cold­play and The Bea­tles. Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, SK9 4LA. Tel: 01625 527468. www.quar­ry­bankmill@ na­tion­al­trust.org.uk Face­book: ‘Quarry Bank’ Twit­ter: @quar­ry­bankmill

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