From Wool to Cloth

Teachers' notes, activities and linked resources

As new industrial towns grew up, people moved in their thousands from the countryside. Here they had worked as farm labourers or in cottage industries. Now they supplied the labour for the new textile factories.  This Learning Journey looks at the process of turning raw wool into finished fabric, the process used in those factories. There are sections on how cloth is made, and how it is dyed with worksheets on how to make felt or a cardboard loom for weaving.

This Learning Journey developed from a learning pack for teachers entitled 'Craft Woven From Graft' created by staff at Huddersfield Local Studies Library with funding from MLA Yorkshire.   That pack deals with the industrialisation of the woollen industry at this time, factory conditions, and especially the use of child labour.  The pack is available from the Local Studies Library in Huddersfield. 

Several other resources have been created as a result, all linked to each other, including the cloth industry and weaving, factory reform, and Richard Oastler and his long campaign to improve the working conditions of children.   Links to these other resources have been provided below - see Related Links at bottom of page. 

Curriculum Links:

KS2 History

Unit 11: What was it like for children living in Victorian Britain?

Unit 12: How did life change in our locality in Victorian times?


KS3 History

Unit 11: Industrial Changes Action and Reaction


KS3 Citizenship

Unit 03: Human Rights 


KS3 Design and Technology

Unit 07: Understanding Materials:Textiles

Unit 08: Exploring Materials:Textiles

Learning Outcomes:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the lives of people during a period of immense change which revolutionised their way of life 
  • Thinking and communication skills and practical skills needed to execute the tasks
  • Develops empathy with others
  • Enjoyment, experimentation, making 

Link to 'Craft Made From Graft' main page

See below for links to the other related resources.

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