Use Sarehole Mill to study how working class and local history are connected to events with global significance.

For nearly 500 years, Sarehole Mill fuelled rural communities, the start of the Industrial Revolution and the imagination of a young J.R.R. Tolkien.

In this workshop, pupils will see how mechanisation changed human lives the world over during the Industrial Revolution by exploring our historic watermill. Hands on demonstrations will show how life has changed from the start of the 20th Century to today.

Learn about Matthew Boulton and Tolkien, both significant figures in the history of Birmingham, and George Andrews, the last miller at Sarehole.

Curriculum links

Supports the KS1 History curriculum, changes within living memory.

Booking Information

This session will involve exploring the mill and its grounds, so sturdy footwear is essential.

School visits to Sarehole Mill are available Wednesday - Friday.

At Sarehole Mill we can only take one class at a time on site.

Get in touch to book

Call us on 0121 348 8001 (Monday - Friday, 9.30am - 4.30pm) or email us