Students at Northampton’s Malcolm Arnold Academy explore industrial revolution

Year 8 students at Northampton’s Malcolm Arnold Academy, part of the David Ross Education Trust, recently visited the Black Country Living Museum to find out more about life during the industrial revolution. 


The day allowed students to develop and extend their knowledge of key events and learn about the momentous changes that helped shape the modern world.


During the visit, students were able to explore an underground mine and face the reality of a coal miner’s life in the mid 19th century. They were also able to experience the authentic sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the past through a number of live demonstrations.


Naimah Uddin, a student at Malcolm Arnold Academy, said: “The museum was really interesting and it portrayed the experiences that people living in the 19th century would have faced.”


Year 8 student, Megan Gates, also commented: “I have learnt so much throughout the day. The mine was fascinating, it felt as though we had travelled back in time to the industrial revolution!”


Chris Steed, Principal at Malcolm Arnold Academy, said: “This has been a fantastic opportunity for students to find out what life was like during a key moment within British history.


“The students had a fantastic time and represented the academy with pride. This visit has really enriched their learning experiences.”




As part of the David Ross Education Trust, Malcolm Arnold Academy aims to deliver a world-class education to each and every student by focusing on delivering high standards of attainment and achievement, whilst raising confidence and self-esteem amongst individuals.


Alongside academic excellence, the secondary school provides students with a range of inspirational learning opportunities, which inspire every child to be intellectually curious, interested in the broader community and the world in which they live, and keen to absorb and embrace knowledge at every opportunity.