Thwaite Mills Watermill
0113 276 2887
Thwaite Mills Office
0113 277 6737
Thwaite Mills is one of the only fully restored working water-powered mills in Yorkshire. With over 300 years of industrial history, a tour of this early 19th century watermill presents a fascinating insight into life and times of the mill and its owners, the Horn family.
The islands on which the mill stands have become a rich wildlife habitat. Situated along the River Aire you can enjoy peaceful walks around the mill.
This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.
Industrial heritage site, Environmental or ecological centre
Tues-Fri 1000-1700 (during LEA school holidays)
Sat 10:00 - 17:00 & Sun 1300-1700
Visits are tour led and take place on Saturday and Sunday's at 13:15, 14:15, 15:15.
Closed Monday (except bank holidays)
£3:00 adult, £1:50 concessions, £1:00 children, 20% discount for LeedsCard holders.
Baby changing facilities and outdoor play areas are provided for children.
Contact the museum for an information leaflet and directions.
Object identification is avalible through written enquiries.
Part of a Designated Collection of national importance is on display at this venue.
The unique focus of Thwaite Mills is the two giant turning waterwheels. The musuem also has a functioning blacksmith's forge amongst other traditional used industrial machinary. The Mills Manager House is also open to the public. This fine Georgian house, build in 1823 is now a grade 2 listed building, which authentically recreates the history of the mill.
Social History, Science and Technology, Land Transport, Inland Waterways, Industry, Archives, Architecture, Archaeology
Key artists and exhibits
- Designated Collection
Find out about the materials that were reused at the Mill and make your own recycled masterpiece.
- Family friendly
An Island Home - Key Stage One - Year Two
Half-day workshop for Year Two pupils.
Develop an understanding of geographical features and ideas. Express views about people, places and environment. Find out who lived and worked at Thwaite and the sorts of jobs they did.
Ring 0113 276 2887 to book and for availability.
Early Years at Thwaite Mills
Learning through play can children can use a variety of play equipment, helping them to understand how the mill, water wheels, cogs and canal systems work.
Experience Wartime at Thwaite Mills Watermill - Key Stage Two
Half-day workshop for Key Stage Two pupils.
Experience World War II at Thwaite. Discover why putty production was so important and investigate how real artefacts can be used to tell us what life was like during the war. Measure out a week's rations and hear a real air raid siren.
Ring 0113 276 2887 to book.
Dates for 2005:
19, 20, 21 April
17, 18, 19 May
4, 5, 6 October
Guided Tours around the Mill - All ages and abilities
Guides are available to take pre-booked groups around the working water-powered mill. Tours can be tailored to complement a variety of age-groups, abilities and themes including working conditions, the environment and water power, materials and their properties and forces.
Ring 0113 276 2887 to book.
Special Projects at Thwaite Mills Watermill
At various times during the year we run special projects, such as Easter and Christmas activities. Contact us on 0113 276 2887 for details of what's coming up.
Victorian Daily Life - Key Stage Two
Half-day workshop for Key Stage Two pupils
Experience Victorian domestic life. Carry out duties in the kitchen, experience Wash Day and discover how a rag rug is made. During all three hands-on activities children are encouraged to make comparisons between past and present.
Ring 0113 276 2887 for booking and availability.
This led workshop supports science, engineering, technology and maths on the theme of waterpower. It is a full day free workshop in which pupils will have opportunities to discover how the mill wheel works through practical tasks including building working model waterwheels and using dynamos to generate electricity.
How to obtain
For more information please call 0113 276 2887 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.