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In this geography unit of four programmes, we cover the local linen and textiles industries, Northern Ireland canals and water management. The unit has cross curricular links with science.
About the Programme
Programme 7 - Textiles
Broadcast: 10 March 2003 BBC 2 12.10-12.30pm 

ARCHIVE - SELB programme code :TK 1161

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Image of a person weavingThe programme compares the manufacture of a natural fibre and a synthetic fibre - linen and lycra. Linen making is traced from ancient times to local modern day production. We learn how lycra was created, and follow the lycra making process at Dupont.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the programme and activities, pupils should be able to:
  • understand the creation and production of lycra;
  • identify the differences between synthetic and natural materials;
  • understand the industrial development of linen-making in Ireland;
  • understand the making of linen from ancient times to modern-day production.

Teaching Resources
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Programme Title
Teacher's Notes
7: Textiles
7-10: Textiles, Linen, Canals, Water
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