21 October 2011

New ‘industrial heritage’ teacher’s kit launched


English Heritage Education has published a new Investigating Industrial Heritage Teacher's Kit to coincide with the publication of the organisation's largest ever research project into the condition of England's industrial heritage.

Investigating Industrial Sites

The new 22 page kit aims to encourage education groups to gain an understanding of the form and function of industrial structures and processes, and to look at the many ways Britain's industrial heritage can be used to inspire students.

The kit includes a wealth of  illustrations and activities, resources and local case studies. It is a timely and arguably much needed guide, given the results of English Heritage's recent public poll which showed that 43% of the population do not know when the industrial revolution took place.

The 'Investigating Industrial Heritage' kit contains six sections:

  • Background
  • Interpreting industrial sites
  • Memorials
  • Housing 
  • The curriculum and industrial study
  • Industrial Heritage at Risk 

There are also six additional companion parts to the kit on various subjects linked to industry: mills, forges and foundries, bricks and brick making, steam power and malting extractive industries. These are all available to download separately.

The recent public poll undertaken by English Heritage revealed that 86% of those surveyed agree that it is important we value and appreciate industrial heritage and 80% agreed that it is just as important as our castles and country houses.

Free resources for teachers

The 'Investigating Industrial Heritage' teacher's kit is one of hundreds of free teaching resources produced by English Heritage. They include teacher's kits and hazard information on individual English Heritage sites that can be visited free of charge by education groups.

Resources can all be downloaded completely free of charge from the publications section of our website.

There are also thousands of free images and useful classroom resources on the Heritage Explorer website. These can be searched by historic periods, building types and themes.

Angel Awards

The English Heritage Angel Awards is an exciting new scheme to celebrate the work of individuals and groups who have saved a significant historic place that was at risk of being lost forever.

These unsung heroes of the heritage world will be celebrated at a spectacular English Heritage Angel Awards ceremony hosted by Andrew Lloyd Webber:  11.30am, 31 October, Palace Theatre in London. Book tickets (£5) by calling Customer Services on 0370 333 1183.