History: Year 7 Trip To Bradford


Year 7 set off at 7am on a very cold morning on 19 March to experience the heartland of the Industrial Revolution.

This was the culmination of a whole term's work on the topic. 

First stop was at the National Coal Mining Museum at Wakefield, which included a fascinating experience of an underground tour to see and feel what it was really like for both adults and children who worked in the mines. 

On 20 March they visited the Bradford Industrial Museum, which is housed in the old Moorhouse Mill.  The children had the opportunity to see steam engines in operation and to experience the deafening noise of spinning and weaving machines.  They certainly were left in no doubt as to the difficult and dangerous conditions under which people worked.  That afternoon was spent at Haworth, walking up the quaint main street of the village - then a site of domestic production of textiles, and then on to the Bront—Ď Parsonage.  Here they appreciated the lives of this family of authors, but were also very aware of how they were affected by the same fatal diseases which blighted the lives of many other families of the time. 

The final morning was spent walking up the Leeds-Liverpool Canal to see the splendid Bingley Locks and then on to the village of Saltaire.  Here the children enjoyed an excellent talk by a local historian in the church, which focused on the appalling living conditions in industrial towns like Bradford, balanced by the careful planning undertaken by Sir Titus Salt in the development of Saltaire as a model industrial town.

The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves, both in the educational aspects of the tour and at the evening activities of ice-skating and bowling.  There were many who were pleased to be home on the evening of 21 March, but this was tinged with sadness that something they had anticipated for so long was over!

Janet Frame

Head of Year 7