Design & Technology trip to Avoncroft Museum
At the start of term, Year 7 Design & Technology students visited Avoncroft Museum near Bromsgrove. The Museum is home to a unique collection of buildings preserved from different centuries and from different parts of the country. Quoting from the website ‘All of Avoncroft’s buildings were threatened with demolition or neglect. In moving them to the Avoncroft Museum grounds, every effort has been made to retain as much of the original structure as possible.’ It really is a special place which has the heritage of buildings encapsulated in time.
On our arrival, we were given a brief introduction to the Guesten Hall – a building which features a spectacular fourteenth century Grade II* listed roof. The girls were then straight into a workshop getting messy with the first activity: brick making. This session focussed on the importance of using moulds in technology and the use of child labour in production.
After a quick break and a big session of washing our messy, brick-making hands, we were off to our second activity based in the Cockpit. It was a delight to see the girls enjoying working as a team and enjoying their problem solving task of constructing a timber frame. We were extremely lucky and our guide was able to squeeze in an additional couple of talks which included a tour and discussion in the Prefab building there and also the Merchant’s House. The Prefab has items from the era on display inside and one girl even queried ‘what’s that?’ when pointing to a radio! The girls were extremely keen to stay but it was onward to Stratford upon Avon’s Mechanical Art & Design (MAD) Museum for the rest of the day which was great fun!
Words by Mrs A Theakston
Design & Technology