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Draw Frame at Strutt's North Mill
Teachers Pack: The Impact of the Factory System

What was the impact of the factory system and the building of the cotton mills on the working lives of men, women and children living in the Derwent Valley in the past? This teacher’s pack was compiled to compliment the QCA History Units numbers 11 and 12, ‘What was it like for children living in Victorian Britain?’ and, ‘How did life change in our locality in Victorian times?’

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Strutt housing, Long Row, Belper
Teachers Pack: Living in Belper in the past

In this unit, children are introduced to an enquiry-based approach to a local study of Belper, in Derbyshire. The focus of the unit is the industrial settlement built by Jedediah Strutt and his successors for their workforce from 1788.

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Children of the Mills Project
Learning Pack: Mill Workers and Owners

The 'Mill Workers and Owners' learning package supports Citizenship and History at KS3 and 4. The package provides the opportunity for pupils to develop empathy with workers of the past through an enquiry into rights of the workers employed at Derwent Valley Mills.

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Annual Report: Masson Mills
Learning Day

Using Outstanding Universal Value, Values and Attributes in Learning Activities

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Traditional rope-making
Resource – World Heritage Day

Did you know that 18th April is World Heritage Day? On this date every year activities and events take place all over the world to raise awareness of the current 1007 World Heritage Sites. Here are some resources and ideas to help you celebrate with us. Did you know that 18th April is World Heritage Day? On this date every year activities and events take place all over the world to raise awareness of the current 1007 World Heritage Sites. Here are some resources and ideas to help you celebrate with us.

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Mills at Darley Abbey
Resource – Presentation on Outstanding Universal Value

Download our free presentation about what a World Heritage Site is, why they are important and why the Derwent Valley Mills was listed as being of Outstanding Universal Value. There are also teacher's notes to help you deliver the presentation to your pupils to download.

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Learning to play croquet
Resource – Victorian Games

Download the instructions for a variety of Victorian children's games and have a go at skipping, cup and ball, hoops, hop scotch and other typical Victorian games that would have been enjoyed when the Derwent Valley Mills were in operation.

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Strutt's North Mill at Belper
Resource – William Bamford’s Diary

Use a site visit, a reading of a book (like Scavenger Boy by Theresa Tomlinson) to inspire some creative writing. Write a diary entry for a 'day in the life of a mill child' or write a newspaper report about a special occasion or incident at the mills. You could even use inspiration from the many interesting, intriguing and some downright gruesome entries in William Bamford's diary.

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Big knitting
Resource - Big Knitting

Find out how to make a human knitting machine.

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Water wheel at Cromford Pond
Resource – Waterwheels

There are 3 types of waterwheels: undershot, breastshot and overshot, there are also water turbines. Learn how to create undershot and overshot waterwheels.

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The Pyramids – another World Heritage Site
Information: World Heritage Education

Find out about resources produced by UNESCO and English Heritage which help explain why World Heritage is so important to humanity.

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