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 be given jobs based around those they would have done in the Industrial Revolution and learn about the appalling working conditions the children had to endure. 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.
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.
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