Education at Heatherslaw Corn Mill

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Heatherslaw Corn Mill is a great place to experience the past in an original and inspiring setting. The mill is fully operational and gives the sights, smells and sounds of the historical context to the many displays and artefacts on offer. From food and farming through the ages to the life of a Victorian miller and his family, the Mill has something for everyone – there's even an exhibition on life during World War II.

There are many options available for your school group. Visits are tailor-made to suit the age and subject area(s) of the group, and can cover many areas of the curriculum. Sessions last from a couple of hours to a whole day and visits can include other venues on the estate such as the steam railway, Etal Castle, Lady Waterford Hall or Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre.

It is also possible to borrow one of our resource boxes (suitable for KS1 or 2) before or after you visit the Mill – please see the download 'Heatherslaw Cornmill Loans Box Contents' below for more information or enquire by telephone or email.

At Heatherslaw Mill options include:

  • Food and farming (funded by the Natural England Stewardship Scheme) - resource pack, hand quern, sample corn and flour available; can link visit with baker/bread maker on the estate.
  • Victorian session - looking at life as a Victorian mill worker. Loan boxes and resource packs available.
  • Evacuee session - looking at life as an evacuee in WWII. Loan boxes and resource pack available.
  • Flodden Visits - the role of Heatherslaw Mill & food production at the time of the Battle of Flodden.

Being a working corn mill situated in the heart of an agricultural estate we are in a unique position to tell the 'farm to fork' story to anyone studying food and/or farming. These visits can be offered free of charge to educational groups (subject to meeting certain criteria).

Learning about food production in a working corn mill offers students an opportunity to: discover in a relevant and hands-on way where their food comes from and how it is made; understand concepts such as the contrast between past and present; learn about the countryside and develop an understanding of 'real' food - something which many do not have much or any direct knowledge about.

A session in the Mill includes viewing the milling process from beginning to end, seeing and feeling the wheat in its raw form as well as the finished product of stone-ground wholemeal flour. Students can experience how corn was ground by hand prior to commercial milling, and at different times of the year see the farming process in the surrounding fields, from ploughing to sowing to harvest. It is possible to link a nature walk on one of the footpaths with this, looking at the growing crops and including a visit to the Heavy Horse Centre where past farming methods are explained, or visiting the traditional bread-maker and baker on the estate.

Teachers are offered a free visit prior to bringing their groups and the Mill Manager is very happy to discuss the content of the school visit prior to it taking place.

To find out more about other options on the Estates which may link in with a visit to Heatherslaw Mill please visit the Ford & Etal Education page.

• Late March until end of October; other times (for pre-booked school and group visits only) by arrangement.
• 11am-3pm March
• 10am-5pm April-September
• 11am-4pm October
• We can cater for groups from 11-60+ in number ( may need to split group if there is a large number of children).
• Visits may be free of charge for Food and Farming study groups, subject to meeting criteria and completion of a short form. There is a small charge for other educational group visits. Details of both will be supplied at time of enquiry/booking.
• Free pre-visit for teachers
• Downloadable resources
• Resource boxes for KS1 & KS2 (borrow pre or post visit)
• No time limits within opening hours – visit for a couple of hours or stay all day
• Large enclosed outdoor picnic area
• Indoor facilities for storing bags or eating lunch
• Tearoom, Gift Shop, Visitor Centre, Public Toilets all on site
• Free coach parking
• Option to buy small 'goody bags' comprising items such as souvenir pencil, notepad, badge etc – please ask for details at time of booking.

Please fill out our contact form or telephone 01890 820338 for more information.


Heatherslaw Cornmill, Ford Forge, Cornhill-on-Tweed, TD12 4TJ. 01890 820488
Heatherslaw Mill Trust is a charity registered in England & Wales. Registered Number: 502433

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