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Coach Trips to Helmshore Mills Textile Museum

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Trace how cloth production, first wool, then cotton, became Lancashire's main export throughout the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Watch our gigantic waterwheel at work, visit the cotton spinning floor or learn how the ideas of famous local inventors revolutionised the world in which we live today!

Core sessions

The woollen story (2hrs) Key Stages 1, 2 and 3
This session will teach pupils about the cottage industry and allow them to try carding and spinning wool by hand.

The cotton story (2hrs) Key Stages 1, 2 and 3
Where does our cotton come from? Take a trip through the Devil Hole to discover how the mill used recycled cotton to make yarn. Find out about how and why we need to recycle things today.

Revolution! (1hr) Key Stages 1, 2 and 3
Take a journey through the Industrial Revolution, from the domestic woollen industry to the time when cotton was king.

Felt making (1hr) Key Stages 1, 2 and 3
A practical session for your pupils; how to turn wool into felt!

Fibres and fabrics (1hr) Key Stages 1 and 2
What are the clothes we wear made from? This practical session allows pupils to discover the origins of different fabrics. Examine samples under microscopes and be amazed that fabric can even be made from wood!


Helmshore Mills Textile Museum (D T G S)

Holcombe Road



BB4 4NP.

01706 226459

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