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The Industrial Revolution in Manchester

This enquiry, produced by Historic England’s Heritage Schools Programme in association with Hannah Barker and Sarah Alderson, featured in Hannah and Sarah’s sessions at the 2017 and 2018 SHP Conferences. It is intended to develop a complex understanding of the Industrial Revolution by asking students how far they agree with the statement ‘Mills and factories were the only basis for the Industrial Revolution in Manchester’.

The sequence of learning is an excellent model of how to incorporate archival sources and fieldwork into an enquiry. For schools beyond Manchester it could be used as a case study. Alternatively, the approach could be adapted for another early industrial location.

The resource includes a scheme of work, lesson plans, PPs, worksheets and resources and can be accessed by clicking here.