ABOUT THE RESOURCE
This information resource has been designed to support learning about key social studies themes related to the study of New Lanark. This resource is intended to provide useful historical context and background to commonly studied topics for visiting education groups.The key topics included are:
- The Industrial Revolution
- Development of the cotton industry in Britain during the 19th century
- Working in a cotton mill - conditions, wages, hours of work, discipline
- Child labour in mills in the 19th century
- Working and living in New Lanark during the Industrial Revolution
- Robert Owen's Model Community at New Lanark
- Child labour in the cotton industry today
- Child rights in the past and today
- Fairtrade and cotton
A range of information sources are provided, including primary material. A comprehensive list of links to primary sources included in the resource about New Lanark is available below. There is also a selection of activities available for download throughout the site which aim to consolidate knowledge and information provided in the resource. A list of these is available here also.
The resource also seeks to enhance the Citizenship curriculum by providing simple studies of children's rights over time, and an investigation of child labour today. This includes consideration of Fairtrade and cotton, co-operatives and the Millennium Development Goals.These have been included to provide opportunities for comparative projects. There is also a Case Study: A Cotton Bag Story. This tells the story of the development of the Co-operative Group's Fairtrade cotton bags.
Further tools such as a picture gallery, timeline and glossary are available on the Pupil Page. To find further good quality resources online check the Further Resources page.
This resource is suitable for Second Level+ in the Curriculum for Excellence. It aims to support experiences and outcomes in Literacy & Numeracy across Learning, and Social Studies: People, past events & societies [SOC 2.01a - 2.06a incl. subsequent levels] and People in society, economy & business [SOC 2.15a,2.17a,2.20a incl. subsequent levels]
How is the resource organised?
The resource is simply organised in title chapters displayed on the left menu. Within these are related sub-topics that appear within the selected title section on the right hand menu. For example:
Child Labour in the Past > contains 3 sub-sections:
The Cotton Industry
The Cotton Journey
Jobs in the Mills
Within each sub-section topic pages can be found. For example, within the sub-section:
The Cotton Industry >
there are topic pages on:
The Industrial Revolution
Powering the Mills
The Age of Invention.
You can use the resource in a variety of ways:
- Use the complete resource - working through each title chapter listed on the left menu in turn from Child Labour in the Past to Fairtrade & Cotton.
- Chronological study - Have changes taken place over time? Look at Child Labour in the Past & Today and/or Rights Chapters.
- Historical study - New Lanark in the context of general conditions of the Industrial Revolution - Look at Child Labour in the Past & New Lanark Case Study Chapters
- Comparative study of New Lanark and other Mills, or Child Labour in the Past & Today - as above
- A simple reference source - background reading for a local or specific topic study.
Use the menu bar on the left hand side to move between topic sections.
Use the menu on the right hand side to move within sub-sections of a topic.
On the PUPIL PAGE there is also a clickable topic list:
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Although most images can be enlarged if clicked on directly.
or Access a related activity. Opens in pdf.
Account of an American visitor to New Lanark School, 1819
Daily life of a New Lanark Pauper Apprentice
David Dale's job advert for New Lanark Mills, c.1790
David Dale's letter to the Manchester Board of Health, 1796
Dr McNab's Account of meeting a New Lanark mill worker
Excerpt from the Emancipation Proclamation, 1862
Factory Commission Report about New Lanark, 1833
New Lanark Cotton Order Book, 1818
New Lanark Medical Record, 1833
New Lanark Work Manager's Notebook
Personal account of processing cotton at New Lanark 20th Century
Personal account of a visit to New Lanark, 1798
Personal accounts of mill workers: Jobs in the mills
Personal accounts of apprentice workers in mills
Personal accounts of mill accidents and working conditions
Report of The Fortune Shipwreck from the 1st Statistical Account of Scotland, 1793
Robert Owen's Rules for the Inhabitants of New Lanark
Robert Owen's Views on Slavery
The working day of child workers in New Lanark (1816) and Lancashire (1832)
Views of enslaved people on cotton plantations
Wages in New Lanark and Manchester, 1833
Downloadable versions of information in the resource
About the New Lanark Spinning Mule
Cotton Town Map
Glossary of the Factory Acts
How do you power machines from water?
How Fairtrade has helped people in communities -their stories
Map of cotton mills and cotton towns in Britain
Map of location of New Lanark in Scotland
Plan of New Lanark tenement housing
Power Facts about New Lanark
Rope drive diagram - New Lanark
Turbine diagram - New Lanark
Reasons for child labour today
This site has been created for educational purposes to facilitate learning about New Lanark and related topics. Wherever possible we have sought approval for use of, referenced and acknowledged the source of material. We are grateful to the range of organisations featured for their contributions to this resoure.
Please contact us if there is an issue relating to the content of this educational resource or you have an enquiry relating to the use of an image relating to New Lanark: education:newlanark.org