Rockwood Academy’s Year 7 students visited the Black Country Museum on Monday 1st July 2019 as part of their History curriculum.
The purpose of the trip was for the students to not only understand, but to relive, Britain’s industrial era. During the visit, students were able to experience how British society had to adapt to the rapid societal and economical changes taking place during the industrial revolution and were able to reflect and empathise with the problems society faced during this significant period in history through a localised context.
Students explored how different social classes lived in industrial Britain and discover why the Midlands became such an important industrial area during the 1900’s. This gave the students the opportunity to see how people worked together in collaboration in order to develop and enhance the social standing of Britain. Furthermore, the students investigated how democracy started to develop during this period.
Aaminah Parvenn, a Year 7 Rockwood student said:
“Schools were a lot stricter than and houses were normally back to back and only had one room and the toilet was outside and sometimes the waste would overflow! I am really grateful the way we live now, as we have excellent facilities and technology. Visiting the Black Country Museum really made me respect the opportunities my parents and school have given me as sometimes we take things for granted.”