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Craft Made From Graft

Teachers' notes

This resources developed from a learning pack for teachers entitled 'Craft Woven From Graft', created by staff at Huddersfield Local Studies Library.The 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. 

Craft Made from Graft consists of several resources, all linked to each other, including everyday life during the Industrial Revolution, the cloth industry and weaving, working conditions, factory reform, and Richard Oastler and his long campaign to improve the working conditions of children. Links to these other resources are provided below.

Amongst them you will find both information and practical tasks and games. Children can make a simple weaving loom, make a bath bombe, create a stained glass window or recreate a Victorian recipe. They can budget household expenses or mount a campaign for reform whilst empathising with the sufferings of working children in Victorian factories and mines (see next page for further information and links to the other resources).

Curriculum Links:

KS2 History
What was it like for children living in Victorian Britain?

How did life change in our locality in Victorian times?

KS3 History

Industrial Changes Action and Reaction

KS3 Citizenship

Human Rights

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

Links to the elements of Craft Made from Graft:



Children at Work

From Wool to Cloth

Everyday Life During the Industrial Revolution


Richard Oastler

Factory Reform

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