60’s Fashion and the Woollen Industry
Despite the decline of the Woollen Industry after the Second World War, there was a short revival during the 1960’s, due to demand from the Fashion Industry and the influence of Mary Quant. Come and see our collection of welsh designed clothes from the 60’s, and watch a film of them paraded in a fashion show. Discover the designs, styles and influences of Mary Quant and compare today’s fashion with the fashion of the 60’s. Explore 60’s patterns by looking at geometric and symmetric patterns and design your own pattern or garment.
We can also provide a variety of craft workshops, including weaving and felt making. Your pupils can get creative and discover for themselves the fascinating world of textile production and design.
Create a Water Wheel
A practical, hands-on workshop exploring the water wheel and simple pulley system. Look at how the woollen industry harnessed the power of water to turn cogs and pulleys to operate machinery. Working in groups pupils will create their own water wheel and explore the power of water as a natural resource.
From Fleece to Fabric
Follow the traditional process of creating textiles from the fleece to the finished cloth. Discover the skills involved in the large scale manufacture compared to the hand processes. Experience demonstrations of working machinery and a range of hands-on activities with your very own craftsperson.
The museum Trail
A tour of the Museum will enhance pupils learning as they see the development from the Domestic Industry to the Industrial Machinery and stories of the people who lived and worked in the local community.
The Village trail
A village trail brings the effect of the Industrial Revolution to life as you discover the sites of old factories, compare the houses of the Mill owners to those of the workers, and see the growth of the village, through its churches, chapels, shops and community hall.
The Woollen Industry and the Victorian Era
The Industrial Revolution dramatically altered the face and pace of woollen production in Wales. Explore the factors behind the rise of the Woollen Industry in Drefach Felindre. The session includes a slide show of images, group discussion and curriculum based activities.
Explore the properties and products of wool in a facilitated session in the Museum’s Textile Gallery. Discuss why wool is the right material for the job as you dress up, examine patterns and handle collections, from traditional Welsh costume and carthenni to current fashion trends.
Kaffe Fassett at the National Wool Museum
Come and see an exhibition of exquisite knitwear by the internationally renowned textile designer, Kaffe Fassett. This American born artist is best known for his colourful designs. Worksheets and activities related to colour and pattern will be available to help explore the work.
Professional artist Julia Griffiths Jones has created five pieces of work that are displayed around the Museum. An activity has been created to engage children with each piece. Julia’s work offers a contemporary and personal response to the collection and the trail allows pupils to respond creatively to the museum.