Harnessing Tidal Power
The Woodbridge Tide Mill on the banks of the tidal River Deben offers a valuable opportunity to investigate changes in the use of an industrial building and enables problem solving and imaginative discussions. The present building dates back to the late 18th century, but a tide mill has stood on same spot since the 12th century and the ingenuity of it and other tide mills date back thousands of years. Once the grain grinding centre of the area and vital to flour production the rapid changes in technology and energy usage resulted in mills powered by natural energy to fall into disrepair. In 2010 Woodbridge Tide Mill was awarded an HLF grant to repair and transform the building into an exciting place to learn with CAD animation, models, hands-on activities, engaging photographs, diagrams, text panels and an innovative learning programme. During National Science and Engineering week we are able to highlight the creative and design projects that primary schools have been undertaking stimulated by outreach and visits to the mill with an exhibition of photographs, models and art work. Special openings will be on Friday 15th and Friday 22nd of March and we can cater for a whole day or half day of activities and science related tours. There will be practical workshops on ‘designing a corn grinding machine’, opportunities to see the waterwheel turn in the morning with the power of the tide and also lively talks and guided tours about the last working Tide Mill in the country.