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Teachers' Notes

Resource created by Leeds Museums and Galleries | Leeds Industrial Museum.

This resource uses the life of cloth manufacturer Benjamin Gott (1762-1841) as a model for entrepreneurial skill and understanding. The development of his business is an example of the growth of the factory system during the Industrial Revolution. 

Curriculum Links

  • KS4 Business Studies - Enterprise - Setting up a business
  • KS3 Citizenship - the functions and uses of money and the importance and practice of budgeting and managing risk
  • KS3 History - Industrial Change 1750-1900
    KS4 History - British Social and Economic History After 1750
  • KS3-4 PHSE - a basic understanding of enterprise

Learning Objectives

  • Knowledge of the ways in which enterprising businesses operate, (e.g. conditions of work and debates about rights and responsibilities)
  • Understanding of the wider role of business, its responsibilities and resources
  • Skills in problem-solving and relating the demands of business in 1800s Leeds to modern practice

Portrait painting of Benjamin Gott
Benjamin Gott