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Robbed of Wind!

Y3, Y4, Y5, Y6

The year is 1861 and the Ashby family – the millers at Brixton Windmill – are not happy. Their windmill is being robbed of wind. Come and hear their story and discover inner London’s only surviving windmill. Learn how it shaped Lambeth’s agricultural past; and how the life of the miller changed during the 19th century. In this workshop pupils will investigate some of the ways their local area changed during the Victorian period and discover the reasons for those changes. Local buildings as well as maps, newspapers, directories and drawings will help pupils to find out about the windmill and what Lambeth was like in the 19th-century.


Local area walk
Role-play, inc. mock protest
Creative activities: to write slogans for their placards to use at their presentation to the council

Level: KS2: Y4, Y5 and Y6

Duration: 2 hours

Cost: £60 (Lambeth schools); £120 (non-Lambeth schools)

National curriclum links: History, Design and Technology

Learning objectives

Pupils will:

  • Enhance their knowledge and understanding of: how their local area changed in the 19th century; the life of the miller and speculative building in 19th-century England
  • Extend their range of historical vocabulary, including: local history studies (e.g. ordnance survey map, census, trade directory, street directory); Victorian buildings (e.g. villa, cottage, house of correction, building speculation); windmills and milling: (e.g. patent and common sails, cap, tower mill, millstones); industrialisation (e.g. mechanisation, urbanisation, steam-powered)
  • Develop speaking and listening skills

‘Read all about it!
Lambeth’s dry-land sailors are robbed by wind pirates’