The Swansea to Oystermouth Railway started operating in 1806, following a successful bid to Parliament in 1804. The railway as like every other was to carry freight. In 1807 Benjamin French, one of the shareholders took out a license at £20 per annum to carry passengers, and hence, it became the first passenger railway in the world.
The session will track the history of the railway from horse drawn to steam to electric and an early failed attempt at wind power. The Railway was also part of the debate at the time as to whether the future of Swansea was to be tourism or industry.
The session will also include a visit to the Tramshed, just around the corner from the museum and where most of the Mumbles Railway artefacts are kept.
Progression level 2/3
Target age range Yr 3 to 6
Length of Session 2 Hours
Area of Learning:
What Matters Statements:
Enquiry, exploration and investigation inspire curiosity about the world, its past, present and future.
Events and human experience are complex, and are perceived, interpreted and represented in different ways.
Science and Technology
Design thinking and engineering offer technical and creative ways to meet society’s needs and wants.
Cross Curricular Skills:
Creativity and Innovation
Creative thinking and problem solving
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