Learning & Resources


Learning with Oldknow's Legacy

We are developing a schools programme based around the life of Industrialist Samuel Oldknow (1756 - 1828). It will offer opportunities to deliver maths, english, geography and science, as well as local history.

Our aim is to provide you and your pupils with high quality learning opportunities and resources, linked to the National Curriculum, which will save you time and engage your pupils.


What teachers have said about our previous digs…

"I wanted to say a huge thanks from our Year 3 class for our lovely class trip! Sarah was great and made it really fun for the kids, they are really revved up about history. "

(The children enjoyed) “revealing part of the cobbled path revealing the entrance area to the mill. They were so excited about being the first to see and touch some of the cobbles for hundreds of years.”

Digging up History!

Based in Marple near Stockport, our archaeological investigations include weeks where teachers can bring a class (or more!) to experience history first hand. Tools, equipment & risk assessment are provided.

Our free package includes:

  • Pre-visit in school session with Educational Archaeologist.

  • Introduction to the story of Oldknow & how to excavate safely.

  • Have a go at excavating, what will you find?

  • ‘Interrogating’ finds to decide what they tell us about what happened here.

  • Post visit pack.

For more information email  pamela.pearson@canalrivertrust.org.uk or call 07825 044 379.

Free Local History Lesson Plans & Resources

Working with a Primary Education Consultant and a KS1 teacher from All Saints Primary School in Marple, we are developing two 6 week schemes of work.

Covering KS1 and KS2, they will be free to download and will include:

  • 6 week scheme of work, with individual lesson plans and background reading notes.

  • Planning grid showing all the NC links to help you get the most from our pack.

  • Free handling resources.

  • Ideas showing how you could expand lessons.

  • Opportunities for outdoor learning at Oldknow sites.


We expect them to be ready by January 2017.

If you would like to get involved in piloting them, please get in touch with Pamela Pearson pamela.pearson@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Measure your learning

After you have used our free lesson plans, or ave been on a class visit, please take 3 minutes to complete our online survey here. Your answers help us to improve and give crucial feedback to our funders, without whom these resources wouldn't exist.

Please use our evaluation pack with your class to help measure their learning and the impact of our resources. There are lots of creative ideas, whether you've got 5 minutes or 30 minutes. Your evidence could even form the basis of your class display. Download our evaluation pack below.

Measure your Learning pack

Easy to use toolkit full of ideas to measure learning after using our resources.

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Take the Tour

Plug in your earphones, put your phone away and listen as Samuel Oldknow takes you on a tour of his finest work. All triggered via the magic of bluetooth and beacons.

Available in App Store and Google Play!

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