Summerlee Victorian Life

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The museum of Scottish Industrial Life is one of Scotland's best industrial heritage attractions. This twenty two acre site at Summerlee, North Lanarkshire, has an exhibition hall with working exhibits, tramway, mine tours and a social history area.

Schools can learn about the industrial revolution, the movement of labour, growth of towns and cities, and the Scottish contribution to the British empire.

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Why are Summerlee Victorian Life great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

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The museum offers two Victorian themed workshops, one called Discovering Victorians, which is aimed at 5 to 8 year olds (Year 1, 2 and 3, or KS 1 and 2), and Victorians, which is aimed at 8 to 12 year olds (Year 4, 5, 6 and 7, or KS 2 and 3).

School groups can really get a feel for the way people of the area and time lived and worked. This part of Lanarkshire was the location for one of Scotland's most important iron works, and all the associated industries are illustrated in this wonderful museum. Highlights from the trip include a short tram ride, access to a section of the original James Watt Caledonian Canal, a reconstruction of a working mine, and a row of miner's cottages.

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