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Resources for teachers

On this page, you’ll find a range of resources to support learning which includes information, themed photos and videos.

Resources for teachers

Gasworks played a central part in our lives for over two centuries. Whether it was giving us the power to heat our homes, employing thousands of people or giving our skylines a distinctive feature.

As one of the custodians of this industrial heritage, we want to capture and share this fascinating history with younger generations. Using our extensive knowledge and working with education experts, we’ve created a suite of fun and engaging learning materials to offer pupils a unique insight into our industry and everyone’s past.

Our learning materials are free to download, or use online, and provide teachers with easy to use content, covering our scientific heritage and our ever-changing social history.

Our resources cover a range of topics

Our resources for teachers are designed to support history learning and the development of children’s enquiry and critical thinking skills. They are supplied as interactive PDF’s and are free to download or use online.

These rich resources include themed photographs and videos, alongside fascinating information and tried-and-tested ideas for curriculum-linked learning at Key Stages 1 and 2.

Use them to support topics such as:

  • energy                     
  • homes
  • Victorians
  • jobs and work
  • technology
  • the industrial revolution.    

And for cross-curricular work in English, Technology, Science and Art & Design.

 

Resources to download or use online

Gas Lighting 

Gas Lighting front cover of National Grid teachers resource

 

 

Where were the first streets to be lit by gas and how did gas lighting find its way into our homes and schools? Explore the revolutionary invention that transformed life in Victorian Britain and the early 20th century.

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Heating & Cooking with Gas

Heating and Cooking with Gas National Grid resource for teachers

 

 

From cast-iron stoves and early radiators to gas baths and explosive geysers. Discover how we have been using gas to cook our food and heat our homes for over 150 years.

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Gas Gadgets 

Gas Gadgets for National Grid Gas teachers resources

 

 

Gas powered washing machines, irons, fans, hairdryers, radios – even a waffle maker! Explore the weird and wonderful gadgets produced by the gas industry for our homes.

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Gas: how was it made?

How was it made for National Grid gas teachers resources

 

 

Find out how gas was first discovered by William Murdoch over 200 years ago, where gas comes from and how it makes its way into our homes.

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The Changing Role of Women 

The changing role of women for National Grid gas teachers resources

 

 

From the early ‘Lady demons’ of the gas industry and pioneering female workers of the war years, to modern-day engineers and industry leaders, explore the changing role of women in work and society.

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Transport and Vehicles

Transport and vehicles for National Grid Gas teachers' resources

 

 

Journey into the past with horse-and-cart cooker deliveries, cars and lorries that ran on gas, and pedal-powered gas engineers.


Coming soon

 

Classroom Activities

Classroom Activities for National Grid Gas teachers resources

 

 

Bring classroom learning to life with our tried-and tested curriculum-linked activities.

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Your local gas heritage 

Your Gas Heritage for National Grid Gas teachers resources

 

 

Today our gas comes from the North Sea, but not so long ago there was a gasworks in every UK town and city, producing coal gas for our street lights, homes, schools and businesses. Find clues to your own local history with our illustrated guide.

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Related links

Find more historical images from our archive

Find out more about our history from the National Gas Archive

Visit the National Gas Museum

Visit the Fakenham Museum of Gas - the only surviving Town Gasworks in England and Wales

Visit Historic England's website


Visit our Capturing Stories website to learn about our commitment to record the lived experience of the gas industry, and listen to stories told by former gas industry workers and people who remember their local gasworks being operational.

Visit Capturing Stories