School visits:

Step back through time and spend a day at Colne Valley Museum which is housed in a row of weavers’ cottages, known as Spring Rock, built circa 1845.
We now have a complete period cottage which has been furnished and equipped to show the home life of a hand-loom weaver’s family of the time.
We specialise in Keystage 1 and Keystage 2 history-based projects about the Victorian era, and really bring these topics alive with hands-on activities and costumed role-plays. **

The Museum can also be used for Keystages 3 and 4 with activities arranged to suit your curriculum requirements.

Our team of enthusiastic staff help to re-create the past, and supervise a range of 19th century activities including baking, washing, ironing, weaving, spinning and traditional crafts. Children love to use the authentic household articles, and can easily compare their way of life with that of a weaver's child 150 years ago.

**Hot off the press!
We have just developed a brand new school programme which explores the history of the cottages and how they link to local and national history, with cross-curricular workshops which include hands-on activities and artefact handling.
As well as the Victorian experience day we plan to offer two workshops (approx 2 hours each) Weavers at War! amd Votes for Women!. (These can be booked individually as a half day visit or together for a full day experience. Suitable for KS1 & KS2)
Local History Explorers! will be a full day workshop suitable for KS2 and Weaving STEAM! - a day of exploring the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths of Victorian weavers' cottages. Suitable for KS1 & KS2.
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Since we are a charitable trust, we rely on donations and voluntary work to survive. For this reason we make a charge to cover the cost of maintenance and staffing during your visit.

A full day at the museum, for a class of approximately 30 children, (teachers and helpers free) presently costs £120 plus 2 x £25 for each of the two demonstrators, £170 in total.

Children receive a free complimentary ticket for a future visit.

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We can also offer 'outreach' visits to schools.
We can bring a range of domestic items and talk about how people lived in the 19th century, or we can bring carding combs, drop spindles, spinning wheels etc and teach your children how to card wool before spinning it into yarn. Or we can tailor our visit to suit your requirements.
For more information or to arrange an outreach school visit please telephone Sue Starr on 01484 659762 or email