Learning Resources

Peter Halliday, a dry stone waller, demonstrating the ancient art of walling to Year 8 students at Settle Middle SchoolPeter Halliday demonstrating the art of dry stone walling
to Year 8 students at Settle Middle School, © Settle Stories.

The W.R. Mitchell Archive is a rich treasury of resources for use in schools and colleges.

Whether you are studying Dialect and the ways in which the English language has changed over time, or wish to use the resources as stimulus for story-writing, story-telling or creating poems, the W.R. Mitchell Archive transcripts and audio segments are excellent resources.

The archive can also be used as stimulus for Art and Design work—using the material to visually recreate a place, person or occupation. It also contains a wealth of primary resources which can be used to investigate various historical topics such as ‘Working in Victorian Childhood’, ‘Working in the Cotton Factories’, and ‘Life in the 1930s’.

We are currently developing a range of resources for schools and colleges wishing to use the archive, but to whet your appetite we offer a few ideas which we have used in our school workshops in 2012.

You might like to try our suggestions on The Victorians with KS1 and KS2. Or you might like to Create a Poetry Book with KS2 and KS3.