On Wednesday morning, Ospreys set out from school to walk along the cycle track to Inchbrook, to visit Dunkirk Mill Museum, where we were met by volunteers from Stroud Textiles Trust. We started our tour with a look around the outside of the huge nineteenth century mill complex, to see the way in which fast flowing river water was diverted into the building to generate enormous energy to power the mill wheels. We saw how the sluice gate backed up the water to store energy in the mill race, which could then be released. We then had a picnic lunch outside, before going into the heart of the mill. We each clocked in to the factory using a clocking in card, and found out about the roles of different people who were once involved in the mill. The historic mill machinery was then cranked into action and we saw the awesome power of the water push the huge mill wheel, which in turn drove a series of shafts, wheels, pulleys belts and machinery. We learned about the processes of treating woven wool with fullers earth and urine, of washing, cutting and dyeing the cloth. We also found out about the specialised cloth that made Stroud the boomtown of the woollen industry in the 1800s.
Thankyou everyone from Stroud Textiles Trust who gave us such an enjoyable and interesting day!