Industrial Revolution: History School Trips to Quarry Bank Mill (1 & 2 Days)

Our History trips to Quarry Bank Mill are particularly relevant to Key Stage 3 students studying Industry and Empire: Britain 1745-1901. Visits also offer an excellent living history experience for Key Stage 2 students.
 
Textile manufacturing was a major element of industrial progress during the 18th and 19th centuries and new sources of power (water and steam) were vital to the emergence of mass production. Many manufacturers took full advantage of their workforce but a few attempted to be more enlightened and even philanthropic. The owners of Quarry Bank Mill at Styal fell into the latter category, embracing new technology in the context of a socially responsible ethical outlook. A visit to the mill offers students the chance to experience a little of what it might have been like to live and work in such an environment and to see some of the machinery in operation.
 
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. The two-day tour includes a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Ironbridge - the cradle of the Industrial Revolution.

 

Itinerary

 

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

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  • School pick-up (no earlier than 06.00 hours) & travel to Styal. Visits include:
  • Visit Quarry Bank Mill & Apprentice House
  • Visit to the canal basin at Worsley (or similar)
 
  • Study packs  & teachers' notes included
  • Return to school with evening drop-off (time dependent on school location)

 

 
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Two-Day Tour

 
  • 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

 

Quarry Bank Mill
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A fine example of a textile mill from the Industrial Revolution, powered originally by the flow of water from a stream & then by a steam engine. A visit allows you to see the whole process of manufacture demonstrated & how it changed over time. In the Mill you can watch live demonstrations of hand spinning & weaving, the Flying Shuttle & Spinning Jenny.

 

Take a guided tour of the Apprentice House which housed the pauper children who worked in the Mill & learn about their working & home lives. It has been restored to its 19th century appearance with a kitchen & spartan dormitories. Costumed guides explain how the children lived & working conditions, diet & medical treatment.

 

 

 

 

 

Worsley Canal Basin
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The completion in 1761 of the Bridgewater Canal provided an essential means of transporting coal, raw materials & finished goods to & from the town of Worsley which expanded from a small village of cottage industries to an important industrial centre based upon cotton manufacture, iron-working, brick-making and extensive coal mining. Worsley was once under consideration to be made a World Heritage Site, including Worsley Delph, a scheduled monument. A significant part of the town's historic centre is now a conservation area. A self-guided trail allows groups to discover the most important reminders of the area’s industrial past.   Coalbrookdale in Shropshire is one of the earliest and most significant industrial sites in the world. It was here that the process for making iron was developed by the Darby family. Visitors can explore various aspects of the industry that once dominated the gorge – iron, china, tile & pipe making – but the undoubted highlight is the recreated urban world of the Victorians at Blists Hill. Students can dress up as 19th century children and experience schooling  when rote learning & the ‘3 R’s were the order of the day. There are often displays of traditional skills as well as many period buildings to be explored.  
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Curriculum

 

Outward Journey / Pre-Tour

     

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  • Life & work in Britain before the Industrial Revolution
  • Origins of the Industrial Revolution
  • Importance of iron & textiles
  • Sources of power
 
 

On Tour

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

Return Journey / Post-Tour

     
  • The significance of Ironbridge / Quarry Bank
  • The impact of the Industrial Revolution
  • Continuing technological change
 
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Resources

 

Study Materials Relevant to the KS3 National Curriculum
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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

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  • 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.”

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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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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.

 
 

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