The Town Mill is an impressive working mill at the centre of Lyme Regis, where it has milled grain for over five hundred years. With its milling machinery spread over three large floors, this watermill offers opportunities for the study of history, science and geography topics within Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 of the national curriculum. For secondary schools, colleges and adult groups, the industrial heritage and industrial archaeology illustrate the mill's changing purpose and operation. This provides insights into economic and social, as well as technological, development.
The mill building and its workings also offer imaginative opportunities for work in the creative arts. For example, The Town Mill currently uses an educational DVD prepared by sixth formers from our local secondary school.
In 2007 we added a small hydro-electric generation system, harnessing the power of water to provide electricity for the mill house and to export surplus to the National Grid. Visiting groups now can witness the past, co-existing with a more environmentally-sustainable future.
This year we're developing resource packs for primary and secondary schools. This will be a collaborative exercise with our local schools. We are also consulting on ways of working with schools before they visit and how visits can best be developed. We welcome contact from teachers willing to help us in this.
All group visits must be pre-booked
Schools: £1 per student with up to 2 supervising adults free
Groups: £2.25 for 10 or more adults
"I loved it when we got to eat the wheat, it was very crunchy." Lucy, student
"Very visual and tactile – generated questions for further discussion and investigation." Teacher
"We all enjoyed grinding the little millstones and then watching the giant millstones make lots of flour." Class letter