Inventions that Changed the World

Inventions that Changed the World

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Year 3 pupils enjoyed an interesting day at the Bradford Industrial Museum at the beginning of term, as part of their IPC project ‘Inventions that Changed the World’.

The Museum provided the perfect introduction to the topic with its displays of textile machinery, steam power, engineering, printing machinery and motor vehicles, all chronicling the changes over the years.
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bus1First, the school party visited the huge ‘Power’ gallery to explore the history of steam power and discover the workings of a steam engine. Then onto the transport area to see several examples of cars, buss, vans, motor bikes and bicycles through the ages, including a huge 1920’s steam roller.

The most impressive, and biggest, exhibit however was the huge, 29 ton locomotive named Nellie, which was built in 1922.

In the tram shed pupils found the only electric tramcar left in Bradford, along with a Bradford trolleybus which ran from 1911 to 1972.

Next was a visit to the print gallery where pupils examined the different types of old machinery from the last of the hot metal typesetting print-shops as used in the newspaper industry, including a display of the various kinds of printing presses used.

The first floor of the gallery then offered pupils a glimpse into the history of the textile industry. They were fascinated by the early Victorian machines for combining, carding, spinning and weaving, with examples of early hand tools right up to the domestic and modern power looms.

Pupils were particular delighted to attend a ‘Weft and Weave’ workshop which followed the journey of the production of wool thread ‘from sheep to suit’. They were given the opportunity to experience each of the different stages of production including; sorting, scoring, twisting, carding and even using their own hand loom to weave.

‘We really enjoyed the weaving with the card and using the big combs to twist the wool’, said Inaaya Ahmed.

The day of exploration and discovery came to a close with a visit to the house of John Moore, the Mill Owner, with its interior now a museum display, furnished as if the local 19th century mill-owner was still living there.

The old stables provided various displays on the the theme of ‘horse power’ including a heavy-duty British Railways dray, a decorative chaff cutter and a horse fodder measure. There was even a blacksmith’s workshop with a working farrier who was happy to demonstrate his range of skills to his enthralled audience.