Industrial Revolution: History School Trips to Ironbridge (1 & 2 Days)

Our trips to Ironbridge are especially relevant to Key Stage 3 History students studying Industry and Empire: Britain 1745-1901. Once the cradle of the Industrial Revolution, Ironbridge is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site also provides an extremely good living history experience for Key Stage 2 students.
 
The Severn Gorge near Coalbrookdale became a tourist attraction in the 18th century attracting gentry and royalty from far and wide. Modern visitors can discover something of the importance of the area and travel back in time to the days of the Victorians at the Blists Hill Open Air Museum where the sights and sounds, shops and houses of the 19th century have been faithfully recreated and where you can take part in some of the activities and still spend pounds, shillings and pence.
 
A typical visit to Ironbridge starts at the iconic bridge over the Severn, the wonder of its day, before viewing the remains of the furnaces, the elegant houses of the ironmasters and the Victorian finishes at Blists Hill. There are, however, several other sites in all with activities relevant not only to History but also to Science, Design, Art and Technology and we can tailor your tour to cover your students' specific learning objectives. Please ask to speak to one of our team to discuss your requirements.  Add an extra day to visit Quarry Bank Mill in Styal where another fundamental part of the Industrial Revolution can be experienced with its impressive water-powered textile factory and Apprentice House.

 

Itinerary

 

One-Day Tour (for schools within 120 miles of Telford)

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  • School pick-up (no earlier than 06.00 hours) & travel to Ironbridge. Visits include:
  • Visit the Iron Bridge
  • Introductory video at the Museum of the Gorge
  • Exterior viewing of the furnaces & Darby Houses
 
  • Blists Hill Victorian Town
  • Study Packs 
  • Return to school with evening drop-off (time dependent on school location)

 

 
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Two-Day Tour (for schools within 240 miles of Ironbridge)

 
  • Day 1: School pick-up (no earlier than 06.00 hours) & travel to Ironbridge. Visits include:
  • Check-in at accommodation & evening
  • Visit the Iron Bridge
  • Introductory video at the Museum of the Gorge
  • Exterior viewing of the furnaces & Darby House
  • Blists Hill Victorian Town
  • Check-in at accommodation & evening meal
 
  • Day 2:  Depart after breakfast to visit:
  • Quarry Bank Mill
  • Apprentice House
  • Return to school with evening drop-off (time dependent on school location)

 

 

Add an Extra Day.... 

 
  • With an extra day you can include a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon or Manchester and/or fun activities or
  • Combine with another department. We have a range of  Art, English, Geography & Science tours
  • Two nights' half-board accommodation
  • Our advice: Including some fun activities can help you sell the tour to your students especially if you have competition from other subjects
  • Combine with another department: This can make the tour viable if you have low numbers 
 
 
 

 

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Visits

 

The Iron Bridge & Museum of the Gorge
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Opened in 1781, the world's first iron bridge amazed the people of the time but almost bankrupted the Darby family firm that made it. The nearby Museum of the Gorge explains the world significance of the area's industrial heritage.

 

The imposing remains of the blast furnaces where the Darby family revolutionised the production of iron can be found adjacent to the elegant Georgian houses these iron masters built for themselves with the vast wealth that they accrued.

 

 

 

 

 

Blists Hill Victorian Town
 
Quarry Bank Mill
 
       
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This extensive site takes the visitor back to the end of the 19th century allowing them to see, hear & smell something of the reality of life in a Victorian town. Shops, houses & industrial processes are all found faithfully recreated & many of the buildings have costumed re-enactors carrying out activities that have long died out but which were once commonplace a century ago. Students can experience learning the "3Rs" in a Victorian school room & witness demonstrations of traditional skills.   Gregg's mill at Quarry Bank is a fine example of a textile factory of the Industrial Revolution, powered originally by the flow of water from a stream & later by a steam engine. See the whole process of manufacture demonstrated & how it changed over time. In the mill, you can watch live demonstrations of hand spinning & weaving & learn about how the Flying Shuttle & Spinning Jenny worked. Costumed tours of the Apprentice House gives a flavour of life for the many working children of the time.   
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Curriculum

 

Outward Journey/Pre-Tour

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  • Life & work in pre-Industrial Britain
  • Origins of the Industrial Revolution
  • Importance of Iron & textiles
  • Sources of power
 
 

On Tour

   
 
  • The revolution in iron making
  • The process of iron making
  • The uses of iron
  • The Iron Bridge
  • The revolution in transport
  • Victorian industry
  • Victorian houses
  • Victorian leisure
  • The revolution in the textile industry
  • Child labour
  • The 'philanthropic' employer
 
 

Return Journey / Post-Tour

     
  • The significance of Ironbridge & Coalbrookdale
  • Impact of the Industrial Revolution
  • Continuing technological change
 
 
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Resources

 

Study Materials Relevant to Your GCSE/National Curriculum KS3
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Our study materials are designed by teachers, many with examining experience.  When you book with us, you will receive a copy of both our student study packs & teachers' notes, free of charge.  You can:

 
  • use our study materials exclusively
  • use your own study materials
 
 
  • use a combination of your own & our materials
 

The Student Pack Includes

 

The Teacher Pack Additionally Includes

 
  • Factual detail on each location visited as well as background information
  • Maps, illustrations & a time line of events
  • Eye-witness accounts
  • Tasks, activities & discussion points to provide a focus for each location visited
 
 
  • Further guidance notes giving a broader context to each visit
  • Suggested answers for selected tasks
 
Integrate with Your Scheme of Work   Study Materials: Skills & Concepts  
  • Introductory materials can be used on tour or as part of your pre-tour preparation
  • Study materials are also suitable for post-tour follow-up
 
  • Knowledge, recall & comprehension 
  • Historical concepts
  • Understanding, analysis & evaluation of evidence
 
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Guides

 

Our Guides

   

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We believe a study tour is an educational experience best delivered by people with a knowledge and understanding of the educational system & culture. You can discuss learning aims & objectives with your guide so that the tour meets your requirements.

 
  • Our guides are former teachers, excellent communicators & have examining experience.
  • They have organised tours themselves so understand the demands placed on accompanying staff.
  • They have an enthusiasm for imparting knowledge & ideas & engaging with young minds.
 

 

Steve Clarke, BA (Hons), PGCE

   

 

Steve is a former Head of Humanities & prior to retiring was an Assistant Head. Steve joined Galina in 2010, having led school groups as a client for a number of years. His experience includes battlefield tours to the Western Front, RS tours to the Netherlands & a range of UK tours.

Steve has 30 years' teaching experience in secondary schools in Hull.

"As always, Steve, our guide, tailored the tour to suit our needs & adapted his information & stops to meet our requests. Excellent – we have always been very satisfied with the service provided.”

Merchant Taylors' Girls School, Liverpool

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Selected & Trained by Galina 

 
  • We have our own training programme to ensure consistently high standards.
  • Our guides up-to-date with current examination specifications & amendments to Key Stage 3.
  • All guides are DBS-checked.
 
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Safety

The accommodation we use regularly is audited following guidelines laid down by the School Travel Forum and incorporated into our Safety Management System. We can offer accommodation in hostels and in more traditional hotels according to group size, nature and budget.

 
 

YHA Manchester

   

Youth Hostels offer excellent value accommodation especially for small or medium sized groups. The YHA in Manchester is a purpose built, stylish modern Youth Hostel located by the canal in the Castlefield area of Manchester, which is just 15 minutes' walk from the city centre.

 
 

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Accommodation Factfile

     
  • En-suite facilities
  • Rooms accommodate three to five people
  • Bunk beds
  • TV
  • Dining Room
  • Bar
  • Lounge / Games Room
  • Free WiFi
  • Bed linen provided. Take your own towels
  • Full cooked & buffet breakfast
 
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Testimonials

 

Marling School, Stroud, Gloucs

"Excellent! Very informative and enjoyable for all."

 

Mellow Lane School, Hayes, Middlesex

"We had a wonderful time. I was very impressed with the guide's knowledge – he was fantastic. I shall definitely be using Galina again!"

 

Ardingly College, West Sussex

"Excellent preparations ensured things went very smoothly. Thank you very much."

 

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