Education Section

The museum is extremely popular with schools and other educational groups. The site provides a wide variety of learning opportunities to meet the needs of every student.

Planning your school visit

Visits can be made by prior arrangement throughout the year.

Group leaders are welcome to visit the museum free of charge by prior arrangement to assess the site and plan your programme.

Booking your visit

You can book your visit now by downloading our booking form here and emailing it to us at We will confirm availability by email.

Alternatively you may wish to book by telephone or in person at the museum to discuss your visit with us. The museum office is staffed Wednesday to Friday 11.00am – 4.00pm. Contact the museum on 01159 846 914 or by email at for further information.


The cost is £2.00 per child and accompanying adults are admitted free of charge.


Our Chapel can be used as an assembly point where the children can be divided into groups and where bags and coats can be safely left during the visit.
We also have an introductory DVD which can be viewed from here.

Curriculum Links

The site is rich in its relevance to many areas of the curriculum, especially history, PSHE and Citizenship.
The building and artefacts relating to life and work during the 18th and 19th century provide a valuable resource for teachers and students.
The museum is ideal for considering change and consequences through the examination of industry, living conditions and the Luddite revolt.
Schools have also utilised our site for multidisciplinary study in Art, Design, Science and Citizenship.

Group activities

This is a working museum and many of the domestic spaces are quite small.
We recommend that schools are divided into groups no larger than 8-10 (depending upon age) to ensure that every pupil can see and participate.
There are a number of areas you can utilise at the museum and we can help you tailor your visit to the needs of your group. These areas include:

  • The frameshop with demonstrations of our working machines
  • The Griswold sock making machines where pupils can have-a-go
  • The domestic sphere of the manager’s cottage and the worker’s back-to-back
  • The garden and outbuildings including wash house, privies, ash pit, coal shed and pigsty
  • The chapel with its extensive hosiery collection and screen for watching our interactive video

These spaces can be utilised in a variety of ways to support multidisciplinary learning.

Supporting your visit

Our volunteers and staff can help you make the most of your visit.
We offer guided tours of the cottages and demonstrations in the frameshops. Your visit can be tailored to your requirements.
Simply indicate your preferences on the booking form or contact the museum to discuss your options.


The Library holds an extensive collection of publications relating to the knitting industry and can be visited by appointment.
The museum seeks to support researchers and special interest groups whenever possible.
We also work closely with Universities and Colleges and work placement opportunities may be available for students to pursue their interests.