Strutt’s North Mill is the perfect place for an Education Day. Children can explore what life was like for a millworker and better understand the Industrial Revolution.

We welcome school visits and have a dedicated team of education facilitators (many of whom have teaching experience) to deliver an engaging and activity-filled Education Day. We are available for school visits on Mondays and Tuesdays throughout the summer and winter, as well as Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from November – February. We are open to the general public Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from March to October, but a school visit could be incorporated if the school are willing to be flexible.

We have recently redeveloped our core education offer to include more engaging sessions, which better line up to the National Curriculum. However, we want to make sure your class gets the most from your visit, so we can tailor a visit to suit the needs of your group.

Education Day Prices

Our Education Day, which can be tailored to suit your needs is £8 per child for a full day or £4 per child for a half day. Accompanying adults are free.

Coach parking and car parking are free.

A typical Education Day is as follows…

The Morning includes:

  · A walk around the watercourse and introduction to the Mill site.

  · An exploration of the basement space and wheel pit.

  · An introduction to the North Mill with an historical timeline.

  · A session introducing the millworkers, comparing their lives to children’s today.

  · Understanding the fire of 1803 and the impact on millworkers’ lives.

  · A photo hunt to help understand the machines behind the cotton spinning process.

  · Meeting and asking questions of a North Mill Overseer and/or the North Mill School Mistress.

The Afternoon includes:

  · Exploring a range of artefacts connected with the Mill and millworkers’ lives.

  · Drama activities to help the children get into the characters of the different people working at the North Mill.

  · The opportunity to spend some time in the gift shop.

  · Opportunity; either to use some creative writing/drawing to reflect on the visit, or visit the millworkers’ housing (a short walk away).

  · Summary of the day and what has been learned.

What we provide for schools

  · Pre-visit activities to help best prepare the students for their visit.

  · Space to safely store bags and coats.

  · Room inside the mill for lunches to be eaten if it is raining, but we suggest the River Gardens (especially the bandstand) as a good lunch spot if the weather is good.

  · Toilets for male, female and wheelchair users in the museum.

  · A small gift shop selling a range of inexpensive goods appropriate for children, as well as a range of books and goods to help teachers build on the visit in the classroom. Please let us know in advance if the children will be bringing any spending money, so we know not to mention this, if not.

  · Post-visit activity ideas to help take the learning further and use the stories of the North Mill to inspire further activities for the children.

  · At least 4 trained volunteer Education Facilitators who will lead sections of the day.

  · Risk assessments (although we advise that schools also complete their own).