Upper Two step back in time

Upper Two step back in time

Coldharbour Mill 2019

Upper Two pupils stepped back in time on their visit to Coldharbour Mill, near Cullompton, this week.

It proved to be an informative and enjoyable day at the unique location, with the real life conditions adding to the authenticity of the experience.

The children had a tour of the factory where they learnt about how wool is transformed into a range of manufactured products, with lots of little fingers enjoying the opportunity to twist and twirl the various samples from each machine.

They also found out what it was like to be a child worker in a textile mill in Victorian Britain.
There was a realistic drama activity where Mr Robson, the factory foreman, put the children to work to decide their suitability for a job at the mill.

Staff and children all wore Victorian costume to help further the experience, with the pupils writing letters of application, in advance, to express why they needed work at the mill.

Henry Batty said Mr Robson was very realistic and kept us all in line. “I’m glad I managed to impress him with my knowledge, as he was very strict!”

Yasmin Tucker liked how we were all kept involved in the drama. “I liked how he shouted at us (I laughed, but only when he wasn’t looking!)”

Alex Wreford and Sam Benzimra found the machines were really loud and complicated. “We all had lots of free samples of wool, which was good.”