Half Timers

Queen Street Mill Textile Museum

  • Activity
  • KS 1
  • KS 2
  • History
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Local History
  • Victorians


This full day session is made up of four different activities and  looks at the life of a mill worker, half timer children, Victorian domestic life and how the mill machines work.

At Work

The daily life of a mill worker is explored through a tour of the mill. Pupils are assigned jobs in the mill and discover how each person needs to play their part in producing cotton from the raw materials. Who has the best job in the mill? Who is the most important?

At School

Discover what it means to be a half-timer, spending your non-working time at school.

Back to school – Victorian style! Write on a slate, find out about the three Rs and don’t speak unless you are spoken to!

At Home

An opportunity for pupils to handle real objects from Victorian domestic and working life. Toys, clothes, and a bit of spending money all get involved in this fun and interactive session. Will you end up with washday hands or turn out to be a right bobby-dazzler?

At Full Steam!

A behind- the-scenes look at how the mill works and an interactive look at the transfer of power.


Full day session (4 hours)

£5.60 LCC pupil
£6.60 Non-LCC pupil

Half-day session (2 hours)

Note: Half-day session is a morning only and features the At Work and At School activities.

£2.80 LCC pupil
£3.30 Non-LCC pupil

Accompanying adults free

Venue Info

For more information on Queen Street Mill Textile Museum please visit their venue page

Queen Street Mill Textile Museum


If you wish to enquire about this learning session please complete the form below. This form gets emailed directly to your chosen venue and a member of staff will contact you to answer any questions and confirm the session is available. Then if you wish to make a formal booking more information will be forwarded to you.


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