Lion and Club

Industrial Revolution, the BIG Questions

In this session, we will explore the museum galleries, looking for answers to the BIG questions about the Industrial Revolution. What happened in the Industrial Revolution and why did it happen? Who was impacted and where did they live? How did new inventions and machinery make it all possible? And what impact has this had on the world we live in today?

Classes will be provided with worksheets to take around the museum and the tour will involve object handling, original source analysis and a role-playing activity.

By the end of the session, you will: Know more about the Industrial Revolution and how innovations in technology changed Scotland and the wider world. Know more about David Livingstone’s life and how it was shaped by the times he lived in. Be thinking about the connections between the industrial revolution in Britain and the expansion of the British Empire overseas.

Curriculum Link

  • SOC 2-03A I can investigate a Scottish historical theme to discover how past events, or the actions of individuals or groups have shaped Scottish society.
  • SOC 2-04A I can compare and contrast a society in the past with my own and contribute to a discussion of the similarities and differences.
  • TECH 2-05A I can investigate how product design and development have been influenced by changing lifestyles.

Duration: 90 Minutes.

Costs: £4 per pupil for South Lanarkshire Schools. £5 per pupil for all other schools.


These sessions can be adapted for different age groups to those listed and can also be delivered as virtual visits.

To book your workshop please complete our online Booking Request Form.

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Any questions regarding this workshop please e-mail

Also see Workshops section for more information.

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We are very grateful to our key funders the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and the Scottish Government for their support in helping us deliver the Birthplace Project.

National Lottery Heritage Fund
Scottish Government
Historic Environment Scotland
Note: Please note that David Livingstone Birthplace (and the David Livingstone Trust) is no longer part of National Trust Scotland (NTS). NTS members will therefore no longer receive discounted/free entry to the Birthplace Museum.

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