The Mill Children
Site: Armley Mills
This workshop is led by museums staff.
The Mill Children workshop is a half-day session focusing on what life might have been like for a poor Victorian mill worker.
The children will also have the opportunity to visit the Mill cottages and see the contrast between rich and poor home life. This will be an interactive experience, handling Victorian objects and using them to build up a picture of family life in a weaver's cottage.
We provide aprons for the girls and braces for the boys to dress up as poor mill workers. If you would like your class to further dress up you will need to ask the boys to come in dark trousers with a white shirt. The girls can wear a white/dark shirt or blouse and long/medium length skirt. Hair should be tied back for the girls.
We will be splitting the class into two groups for the session. One group will be visiting the cottages while the other works in the Textile Gallery. A teacher will need to accompany the group in the cottage and lead this part of the visit. Teacher's notes with information and suggestions for activities are enclosed.
The group will be split into two, with one half exploring the Mill and taking part in the workshop and the other working in the Mill Manager's House/Weaver's Cottage with their teacher (self-led). We feel that this is the best way for the pupils to really interact with the objects and machines and by having a smaller group this makes it feasible. At least one teacher will need to stay with the group in the Mill. Each session will last for 45 minutes and then the groups will swap over.
For more information, contact the Learning & Access Officer on 0113 2637861.
There is a self-led teachers' pack and materials trail available to complement this workshop. Please enquire for more details.
History: What was it like for children living in Victorian Britain & How did life change in our locality in Victorian times? What was it like to live here in the past?
Cost: £55 per class
Maximum numbers: Class of 30