Location: Museum of Making
Duration: 90 mins
Key Stage 2 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) Learning
Learners discover the significance of Derby Silk Mill as the site of the world’s first modern factory and the birthplace of the factory system. In this active, hands-on and engaging session learners explore varying scales of making, comparing and contrasting the factory method of mass production with the artisan method of making. Inspired by the story of Derby Silk Mill – learners form their very own class manufactory and have a go at mass producing toy dolls by this method, before turning their hand to doll making as individual artisan makers.
Appreciation is developed for the significance of the factory system in the history of global innovation, recognising the role of Derby Silk Mill – part of the Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO world heritage site – as a driving force for change in the Industrial Revolution. Knowledge and understanding is developed through experience, as learners compare and contrast factory- and artisan-based methods of making, thinking about the product and the process. Key STEAM skills including collaboration, making and creativity are developed through hands-on making activities.
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