Discovering Print at Bradford Industrial Museum

Activity ideas

'A fantastic chance for students to draw from primary source at the Museum.'  KS3 teacher


This resource includes suggestions for sketchbook activities that encourage students to explore and be inspired by the fascinating collections held in the motive power, transport, spinning and weaving, and social history galleries at Bradford Industrial Museum, Home of Horses at Work.


Using a sketchbook  

'Pupils should be encouraged to develop further the habit of using their sketchbook...using the sketchbook for visual and other notes, including personal comments about artists, craftspeople and designers and about particular works that interest them that they study in school and on visits to museums, galleries and exhibitions.' QCA


Bradford Industrial Museum is home to a rich primary source of materials and ideas, both inside and outside the museum. Art materials are available for use during a school visit.


Suggested activities:

Observational drawing

Observational drawing around the museum, exploring line, tone and colour through museum collections. A selection of handling objects and art materials can be made available as part of your visit.


Using digital cameras during a visit

Digital cameras can enhance a visit to the museum. Cameras can be incorporated into a mixed /digital media session. The museum's Learning Centre has 10 cameras available for group use around the museum. Images will be saved to disc and sent to school following the visit where they can be incorporated into ongoing work. Specialist digital imaging workshops can be arranged to suit INSET or curriculum areas.


Making a print during a visit

Bradford Industrial Museum has a collection of printing presses and printed materials from 1800 - 1970s.  Certain presses are operational and visitors may observe a print being made in the printing gallery (some Wednesdays only, please telephone to confirm). A selection of type and plates are available as a handling box or to incorporate into a practical session.

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