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Is the Forge Mill an Accurate Interpretation of the Development and How Far does it Portray the Working Conditions of the Needle Makers to the Visitors?

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Is the Forge Mill an Accurate Interpretation of the Development and How Far does it Portray the Working Conditions of the Needle Makers to the Visitors? Forge Mill is the only working water mill left in the world. In the 19th century it was used to make needles, and is built up into two parts: The east wing, which has three floors and the west wing, which is the scouring mill. It has been turned into a museum so the public can see what life was like for needle makers in the 19th century. The evidence comes from the forge mill guide book This is the outside of the Forge Mill. The picture shows that the exterior of the Mill has not changed because there are no modern extensions onto the building. The exterior has been left almost, the same since the last workers left. The glass in the windows has not changed from the glass that needle workers in the industrial revolution had. This shows that it is an accurate representation because as nothing has changed. There is one visual difference which is the plaque on the wall, to show the preservation of the mill. This plaque shows that the building has been kept the same since 1963. ...read more.

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The ground floor does accurately show the working conditions and job of a pointer. It does this by using primary evidence with the grinding stone and a model to show how it was used. This is useful for accurately seeing what the job involved and for showing the danger involved in pointing. One of the dangers is pointers rot where all of the metal dust from pointing gets in hailed and rips there throat and lungs, but this was slightly solved by the introduction of an extraction which lengthened the pointers lives but they still died of pointers rot. The ground floor is now used very well to show the living conditions of the Mill in the 19th century because it has been kept the pretty much the same since the 19th century so it is quite reliable primary evidence. This means the visitors can understand the jobs involved and the process of making a needle. The source below from the forge mill guide book shows a kick stamp on the left and the fly-press on the right which are still there today, which shows that the ground floor is primary evidence. There is also other machinery shown in the museum and you can see the order of each process of the needle and who from adults to children did which jobs. ...read more.

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The museum shows the working conditions of the needle mill in the 19th century as in the west wing there is low lighting and unusual smells like it would have been in the 19th century. The original equipment is very educating to the visitor and gives them an accurate view of the needle industry in the 19th century. The west wing shows the development of the needle industry with the complicated process shown, and the various uses of the needles e.g. on the space ship Columbia. By showing the demand for needles they have managed to show how the industry developed and the complicated process shows why not many places made needles and how the forge mill museum became the best needle mill in the world. In conclusion, the Forge Mill Needle Museum portrays the working conditions of the needle mill by keeping the place as primary evidence of the original mill and showing the visitor the condition of the mill. It also shows the development of the needle museum with interesting uses of needles and the complicated process and care involved. So the needle museum does show the visitor the conditions and the development of working in a needle mill in the 19th century. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 George Edwardes ...read more.

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