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Click to expandKey Stages 1-2 Workshops



KS1
Marvellous Materials
Activities include exploring and experimenting with different materials in the museum (using senses and developing vocabulary) and investigating the properties of these materials.

KS1 & 2
Victorian Houses
Visit our Weavers Cottages/Mill Managers house and compare and contrast between how the rich and poor might have lived. Pupils will get a feel of what life was like in the home during the Victorian period and will get a chance to do washing and rag rug making.
 
Mill Children
Pupils will learn about local history through a fun, interactive session. They will be given jobs that children would have carried out in the mill and  be able to experience what it might have been like to live, dress and work as a child during the height of the Industrial Revolution.  They will also learn the story of a child worker who died at Armley Mills and learn the rules and punishments children had to endure while working in these dark satanic mills.

A Victorian Christmas at the Mill
When we celebrate Christmas we have the Victorians to thank for many of its joyful festivities and delightful customs. Students will visit the Mill mangers house and the weavers’ cottage and learn the difference between how the rich and poor people celebrated Christmas. Children will have a chance to play Victorian parlour games and with Victorian toys and carry out craft activities.

The Wonders of Weaving
Research the textile process from raw fleece to the finished garment all under one roof.  Pupils will be able to learn about the properties of wool and try carding, spinning and weaving and create a woven masterpiece to take home.

KS2
Maths at the Mill
During the workshop pupils become young entrepreneurs to apply their decision making and numeracy skills to form a business. Activities include counting, multiplying, shapes, area and problem solving. Who’s business can make the most profit? Pupils will also find out about some of the processes needed to make woollen clothing in the past.

Everything we do is cross-curricular and all the workshops support the development of literacy skills (speaking and listening), science (materials, properties and using evidence) numeracy, and often art and geography.

Click to expandKey Stage 3 Workshops



We also have KS3 and KS4 programmes focusing on Weaving and workers in the Industrial Revolution.  

KS3
The Industrial Revolution and the impact on factory workers
Armley Mills provides the stimulus for students to explore the theme of nineteenth century factory reform. Using various primary/secondary resources students are set the challenge of collecting evidence from the Mill to support their arguments for or against factory reform.

KS1-4
The Wonders of Weaving
Research the textile process from raw fleece to the finished garment all under one roof.  Pupils will be able to learn about the properties of wool and try carding, spinning and weaving and create a woven masterpiece to take home.

Click to expandPlanning a Visit

​If you are thinking of booking a trip to Armley Mills for your school or group please get in touch with us via phone on 0113 378 3173 or email armley.mills@leeds.gov.uk.

More information to help you plan your trip can be found on the Visitor information page.​​​



Armley Mills now houses the Leeds Industrial Museum collections, which cover a varied range of topics from early film, the Leeds fashion industry, steam power to the looms and mules involved in the weaving process.

We offer a programme of 2-4 hour curriculum-based workshops for primary and secondary schools. Most workshops are held within the galleries, near our inspirational collections, but we also have three spaces for groups to use during their visit. The Learning Centre and Millspace are kitted out for creative activities, and we also have a space for group lunches.


Free learning packs:
Make the most of your time on site by downloading our free Learning Packs for primary and secondary schools for ideas and activities to support curriculum areas. These can be obtained from the expandable Documents section on this page.

Arrange a pre-visit:
We would recommend you come and meet us for a pre-visit where we can tailor workshops and resources to suit, such as if your group has additional needs, and you can complete your risk assessment at the same time. You can find our downloadable Health and Safety guidance in the expandable Documents section on this page.

What teachers and students say about us?
“Absolutely wonderful day, the children have now got a much greater understanding of what life was really like in Victorian times” - KS2 teacher.

“I’m glad I have to go to school and not to work in a mill!” - KS2 pupil after a Mill Children workshop.

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