Primary History days at the Castleshaw Centre
A selection of our most popular days..
Life at a frontier fort in the Castleshaw Valley
We are fortunate to be based just a few minutes walk from the site of a Roman fort on the old Chester to York Roman Road.
We can combine a visit to the fort, to study of the site and its remains, with activities based at the Centre. These can include..
Weavers' cottages to Steam Mills: a journey through time
We trace the transformations of the industrial revolution and learn about the changes this brought about by following a route from a local hamlet with weavers' cottages, past the remains of water powered mills, finally reaching large steam powered mills in Diggle.
The visit can include viewing and handling contemporary artifacts (eg. a spinning wheel, carding brushes etc. ), video of large steam mills operating, hands on "weaving" etc.
The John Buckley Trail
This trail tracks the births, education, marriages, working lives and deaths of a family from the Castleshaw Valley in the last century. The day involves use of maps from the period, old photographs etc., and can involve the use of census information and grave rubbings if desired.
Travel the ancient highways
A journey through time in the Castleshaw Valley using the routes of both ancient and more recent tracks, such as the pack horse trail, the Roman road and the turnpike route. We can also consider the local 18th and 19th century canals, and the introduction of the railways if desired.
An exploration of Delph and a search for clues of its growth and development in the Victorian era.
The Victorian Experience
One of our special winter courses, predominantly based indoors . We encourage schools to come in mock "Victorian" dress.