‘Discover’ is a programme of educational opportunities engaging with the textile heritage of the Stroud Valleys.
We can help you tailor a programme of activities that will bring together many aspects of the curriculum and fully engage the children.
Contact us to receive a free pack of cards detailing the eight activities on offer.
In brief they cover:
- Dunkirk Mill Centre visits – impressive waterwheel drives historic machinery.
- Gigg Mill Centre visits – interactive weaving demonstrations.
- Resource Boxes – 3 boxes relating to the processes of the woollen trade past and present, including technology. 1 box demonstrating Cogs, Levers and Cams.
- Walking the Textile Landscape – Map leaflets or guided walks.
- Dyeing – natural dyeing and tie-dye workshops.
- Feltmaking – handmade felt workshops.
- In a Spin – the transformation of fleece by hand spinning methods, demonstration and interactive session.
- Victorian Families at the Mill – A resource CD of photographs, census and parish records. Can be reproduced for classroom use and comes with a booklet of notes and suggestions.
Planning a Visit to Our Mills
Teachers are advised to make a pre-visit to the mills, discussing learning outcomes, risk assessments and the visit timetable. Contact Jane Ford.
A Booking Form can be downloaded or sent electronically. This will provide details for payment and a map of the sites. SEE BELOW
For the 2 mills package we will charge £3.00 per child.(One mill £2) For accompanying adults there is no charge. Other activities have varying charges. We are a volunteer organisation and as a charity we welcome any voluntary contributions.
An invoice will be issued when the booking form is received. Payment can be by cheque or BACS
You can visit either mill separately or both on the same day. For mill visits the class will need to be divided, so that a maximum of 16 children can be accommodated at each site.
Please allow at least 1 hour at each mill.
Ensure that there are sufficient adults to supervise children between sites,which does involve crossing roads. There will always be adequate supervision from our experienced volunteer guides within the sites.
Wear warm clothing, Dunkirk can be chilly even in the summer and suitable footwear (trainers) for walking the cycle path.
At Dunkirk there is only Disabled Parking ( the rest being for residents only). At Gigg there is some parking available.
Contact Stagecoach for numbers and times.CoachesFor Dunkirk, coaches should use the bus stops on the A46 just outside the Mill. At Gigg, coaches can pull off the road.
Coaches may park at Nailswoth Bus Station.
At Dunkirk there are 2 unisex toilets (one is suitable for disabled use). There are no toilets at Gigg.
We can arrange somewhere nearby where packed lunches can be eaten.
Each site carries a first aid box.
Dunkirk is fully accessible from the road. There are steps down from the cycle path. Dunkirk and Gigg are approx.1.5 km apart. Gigg Mill is approached from a narrow footpath and the dye plant garden which has 2 railway sleeper steps.
We can provide a risk assessment if required or schools may prefer to do their own.
Please use this form as an initial booking – Dates can be provisional and other activities may be only proposed. An invoice will only be sent when all the arrangements have been confirmed. Payment can be by cheque or BACS to:
Bank: Lloyds Bank plc
Sort code: 30-98-29
Acc: Stroudwater Textile Trust No: 00877513