Seventy Lower Fourth pupils, accompanied by six members of staff, spent the day at Helmshore Mills Textile Museum in the Rossendale Valley this term. The trip, which supports the Lower Fourth Scheme of Work, proved to be invaluable in helping to bring the Industrial Revolution to life for the girls.
The girls were given the opportunity to try their hand at carding (with varying degrees of success!), see first-hand the only working water frame in the world, and visit both the fulling mill and the spinning mill. Engaging and informative guides were instrumental in furthering the girls’ understanding of the Mill through a combination of knowledgeable tours, useful interactive tasks, and valuable Q&A sessions. The visit also enabled the girls to see the importance of the geography of the Rossendale Valley in explaining the history of the area.