School trip to East Lancashire Railway
The history of the East Lancashire Railway is the story of a heroic struggle to keep a dying part of Britain’s heritage alive, a struggle that still goes on today.
The Railway’s past is inextricably linked to that of the area’s industry. The railways provided industries with a vital link to the country’s network of import, export, raw materials and, most importantly, workers. Even in those utilitarian times however, the East Lancashire Railway provided a leisure-time service for holidaying workers.
Developing technology in turn developed the railway, however it was also led to the introduction of newer, more cost effective technologies that eventually resulted in the decline of the Railway as the main method of transportation.
The influx of cars, trucks and buses on Britain’s roads soon made the railways a liability rather than a vital service in the eyes of the government, and all but the bare minimum of stations were closed. This is where the battle to preserve the East Lancashire Railway began.
Under various names the East Lancashire Light Railway company and the East Lancashire Railway trust have worked diligently and for the most part voluntarily to keep a little piece of this bygone age alive.
The story does not end there, the railway continues to develop its services and expand, and with the invaluable aid of its staff and volunteers, will hopefully continue to do so for many years to come.
UNIQUE LEARNING EXPERIENCES THAT BRING SUBJECTS TO LIFE!
Bury Transport Museum’s School Programmes provide a wide range of hands on activities and workshops suitable for all abilities in Key Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4. Provided by a dedicated team, it is expected that pupils completing the programmes will not only gain a more first-hand outlook on the region’s history but will also develop the skills and experience necessary to advance in their education.
The aim of this visit is to explore wheels and axles. By exploring the vehicles in the museum children will discover the properties of the everyday materials used to create wheels. Children will then design, make and test a moving vehicle of their own.
This activity is recommended for younger children, Early Years and Key Stage 1.
If required the activity can be expanded or adapted to suit Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3 or Special Educational Needs groups.
The aim of this activity is to help students to understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features. They may also collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experience of fieldwork that deepens their understanding of geographical processes.
During the visit, students will study the geographical features of the River Irwell between Rawtenstall and Irwell Vale. The two mile stretch of river illustrates perfectly the effect or erosion and deposition, including how an ox-bow lake can be formed, the effect of flooding and land use along the valley.
Practical activities can be included by arrangement.
Transport is provided by a steam-hauled train, please note that the East Lancashire Railway reserves the right to change to a diesel service on short notice.
This programme is suitable for upper Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.
The aim of these activities is to enable students to study an aspect of history dating from a period beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality.
Bury Transport Museum, The Fusilier Museum and Bury Art Museum are working together to offer a unique day of learning outside of the classroom.
By the end of the visit, pupils will have extended their chronological knowledge beyond 1066. Their knowledge and understanding of Victorian life will be widened by experiencing a variety of activities at Bury’s three award-winning museums.
This programme is suitable for Key Stage 2.
The aim of this visit is to gain historical perspective in the context of a local history study or an aspect of British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge. It provides an opportunity for children to experience and empathise with evacuation and the Home Front. Children will make use of a range of artefacts at both Bury Transport Museum and Bury Art Museum to enhance their learning. They will also experience a journey as an evacuee on a steam-hauled train (please note that the East Lancashire Railway reserves the right to change to a diesel service on short notice).
This programme is suitable for Key Stage 2.
The aim of this visit is to examine how Bury town centre has changed over the last 1000 years, comparing period maps and old photos with the town’s present day appearance. By the end of the trip students will have gained a greater understanding of how an industrial town develops and the impact industry can have on a community.
This programme is suitable for Key Stages 2 and 3.