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On Tuesday we had an exciting  trip to the Museum in the Park.  When we got there we met Louise and Ann who guided us through our day.We met the owner of Dunkirk mill, who was called Mr Peter Playne and a hand loom weaver, who worked in his own cottage, called George Hill.  Mr Playne talked to us about how the cloth used to be made.  We learnt about water wheels and Toby was nominated to be the one to get up at 5am to start the water wheel for the mill.  Some people had to walk 3 miles to get to work in the morning.  Water wheels were used to provide power to the mills.  One of the machines that they powered was the fulling hammers.  We had a go at being fulling hammers, and had to bang the floor with our hands. We got very into this role, so it hurt our hands.We did a trail around the Museum.   In the trail we had to go from room to room, looking for different objects related to our questionnaire about the mills.  We learnt that nowadays there is only 1 mill left in Stroud that is still working as a mill.  It no longer makes Stroud Scarlet, but it does still make cloth for tennis balls and snooker tables.We also examined a piece of sheep’s wool that was really oily, and then we looked at a piece of carded sheep’s wool to see the difference.  Some of us got to have a go at carding the wool, they said “it was quite hard to use the brushes to pull the wool fibres straight”.  We also had a go at spinning some carded wool using our fingers.To end our day we had a go at weaving.  We didn’t have a weaving loom or a shuttle but it was still amazingly fun having a go.  We used different materials like wool and synthetic materials.This week our certificate was awarded to Casey, for displaying great empathy in her diary entry, to show just how unjust life was working in the mills.  She said “I was amazed when Mr Weekes called me up in church”.