Learning at Wellbrook Beetling Mill

The last working water-powered linen beetling mill in Northern Ireland © Andreas von Einsiedel

The last working water-powered linen beetling mill in Northern Ireland

Nestling in an idyllic wooded glen, Wellbrook is the last working water-powered linen beetling mill in Northern Ireland. Over the thundering cacophony of beetling engines, learn of the importance of the linen industry in 19th-century Ireland or become a mini-beast detective along the riverbank.

KS1
Subject:
The Arts, PDMU, Thinking Skills, The World Around Us

Mini beasts and pets
Children will learn how to sweep net, become a mini-beast detective, make a bug trap or wormery, draw mini beasts and play wildlife games. Participate in the ‘talk and listen’ session and have a chance to meet real life ‘cuddly’ pets.

KS1 and KS2
Subject:
The Arts, PDMU, Thinking Skills, The World Around Us

Tales on the riverbank
Relevant to the curriculum, this environmental programme is about learning through fun. Children will go on a nature hunt discovering the plants and animals that live along the riverbank, hear stories about the Beetling Mill and the linen it produced, and take part in activities from stream scooping to bark rubbing, drawing to games. The session concludes with the ever-popular duck race.

KS2 and KS3
Subject:
The Arts, PDMU, Thinking Skills, The World Around Us

Flax to finery
Visit the head race of the river to see the artificially built weir which creates the water power to drive the mill wheel. Go to the flax plot and retting dam where the growing and gathering processes are explained. See a demonstration of ‘rippling’ and have an opportunity to use old implements. In the mill, discover how the flax plant becomes fibre and is spun and woven. After weaving, the linen was ‘beetled’ and children can experience the thunderous sound of the engines. Includes discussion about changing materials, desirable and undesirable change, renewable and non-renewable energy.

Further information: contact Cherith Deacon 028 8674 8210 or by email.