GCSE historians visit Quarry Bank Mill
A visit to the historic property at Styal in Cheshire was the perfect setting for GCSE History students to test their abilities.
The trip was an opportunity for the young people to put their skills to the test as they carried out an assessment that will count as part of their qualification.
The students were given the task of interpreting the historic surroundings, gaining a better understanding of why the mill was built where it is and how the cotton industry contributed to the industrial revolution around Manchester.
As well as seeing the mill, the students visited Styal village, the Apprentices’ House and saw how medical care was provided early in the 19th century.
The Radclyffe School has built strong links with the National Trust at Quarry Bank Mill, giving students the chance to apply what they have learned in a practical way. Teacher of History Mike Cunliffe said, “The visit gave the students a fantastic insight into what life was like for mill workers, including an idea of the atmosphere of a working mill. The students valued the experience and showed their talents. Visits like this bring history alive for our students, helping them to perform to the best of their ability.”