School visits

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.

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. 

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.



Planning a VisitPlanning a Visit<div class="ExternalClassC68C32B8B7D248AFAD613A5AE004C274"><p>​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 <a href=""></a>. </p> <p>More information to help you plan your trip can be found on the <a href="/museumsandgalleries/Pages/armleymills/Visitor-Information.aspx">Visitor information page</a>.​​​</p></div>
Key Stages 1-2 WorkshopsKey Stages 1-2 Workshops<div class="ExternalClass16D56BF606804D2DBDBCD2FA12647DA6"><p><img src="/museumsandgalleries/PublishingImages/Concertina%20Images/AM_Learning%20concertina.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br><strong>1916 School Room "Over by Christmas"</strong><br>In our First World War schoolroom we look to understand the impact the First World War had on children's school lives in Leeds, as participants experience the formality of school education in 1916.</p><p>The workshop aims to encourage a better understanding of the past by experiencing an empathic situation based on real people ,places & events as we follow the Leeds Battalion (PALS) up to their action on the Somme in July of that year.<br><br><strong>Victorian Schoolroom</strong><br>Immerse pupils in a Living History experience to discover what life was really like for chidlren in the past in Victorian Britain. Pupils learn the 3 R's in a typical Leeds school in 1887 under the watchful eye of Miss North, the school Ma'am. Pupils will be in costume and in role.<br><br></p><p><strong>Calling Leeds Evacuees</strong><br>Immerse pupils in a Living History experience jto discover what life was really like for children during the Second World War Pupils meet Mrs Green, their wartime teacher and discover how Leeds school children prepared to become evacuees.<br></p><p> <br><strong>Mill Children</strong><br>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.<br><br></p><p><strong>Machines in Motion</strong><br>Explore the mill and find simple machines (gears, levers and pulleys) in our mill. Pupils will investigate how they work and in groups will create their own simple machine.<br><br></p><p><strong>A Victorian Christmas at the Mill </strong><br>When we celebrate Christmas we have the Victorians to thank for many of its joyful festivities and delightful customs. Pupils will visit the Mill mangers house and the weavers’ cottage and learn the difference between how the rich and poor celebrated Christmas. Children will have a chance to play Victorian parlour games and with Victorian toys and carry out craft activities.<br><br></p> <p><strong>The Wonders of Weaving<br></strong>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. </p></div>
Key Stage 3 WorkshopsKey Stage 3 Workshops<div class="ExternalClass82738176CD0341439B771B99DF7E7B49"><p><img src="/museumsandgalleries/PublishingImages/Concertina%20Images/AM_Learning%20Secondary%20concertina.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br>We also have KS3 and KS4 programmes focusing on Weaving and workers in the Industrial Revolution.  </p> <p><strong>KS3 <br></strong><strong>The Industrial Revolution and the impact on factory workers</strong><br>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.<br><br><strong>KS1-4 </strong><br><strong>The Wonders of Weaving</strong><br>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.</p></div>