Magnitudes of Making

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.

National Curriculum Links Include:

  • History – e.g. ‘Pupils should be taught about an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066, for example a significant turning point in British history [i.e. development of the factory system]’ and [be] inspired [through] curiosity to know more about the past.’
  • Design & Technology – e.g. ‘Pupils should be taught to understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world.’ 
  • Art & Design – e.g. ‘Pupils should be taught about great artists, architects and designers in history and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.’
  • Citizenship – e.g. ‘Pupils should be taught about the range of jobs carried out by people they know, and to understand how they can develop skills to make their own contribution in the future.’