Bolling Hall Museum
Bradford Industrial Museum

Weaving in the Mill: A Material Journey

Pupils get ‘hands on’ with the basic processes by which the fleece of a sheep is turned into cloth. All pupils take on roles to complete the process, learn more about the children who worked in the mills and get to experience some of the noise and smells of the mills as they see a selection of the machines running. The workshop explores the change from a small family cottage-run industry to mass mechanisation, including how Bradford changed during the Industrial Revolution.

1.5 hour workshop

£102 per class


Workshop Package

Alongside your Weaving in the Mill workshop you will have access to 2 boxes you can explore with your class either before or after your workshop:

  • A box of handling objects relating to the lives of Victorian mill children. The box contains full instructions for 4 cross-curricular activities you can do with these objects.
  • An activity box of 8 different Victorian children’s street games for children to try including hoop and stick, spinning tops, cup and ball, skittles and some weaving rhymes!

A full day of learning for £150

Book This Workshop

If you are interested in booking this workshops for your pupils, please email

Bradford Industrial Museum

Moorside Mills, Moorside Road Eccleshill, Bradford, BD2 3HP
Opening times

Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 4pm
Saturday – Sunday: 11am – 4pm

By car

Signposted from Bradford Ring Road and Harrogate Road (A658). Bus 645 from Market Street or Hall Ings. All buses stop at Moorside Road. On the museum site there is free car parking and disabled car parking.

By public transport

From Bradford City Centre, the 660 bus departs from Drake Street stop D1, (alight at Moorside Road), and the 645 departs from Hall Ings stop H11, (alight at Harrogate Road then an approx 10 min walk).

For help in planning your journey by public transport, please visit

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