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Learning objects Who wants to be a cotton millionaire?

TLF ID M011228

This interactive game is about innovation in textile production in Britain in the 19th century. It focuses on the changes in the manufacturing of cotton, which shifted from the home to the factory with the advent of the steam engine. Students assume the role of advisor to a businessman who wants to manufacture cotton and has money to invest in establishing the enterprise. Some choices cost more than others. The businessman needs to begin selling cotton before the money runs out and he faces a debtor's prison.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This interactive game is a useful student resource for the Australian Curriculum: History content description in year 9 relating to the technological innovations and other factors that influenced the industrialisation of Britain.
  • The resource develops students' knowledge about how the modernisation of industries affects workers. It explains how women and children were more employable than men in the new factories as they cost less and were easier to train. Students learn that the introduction of steam power made handloom weavers unable to compete for work with the factories.
  • This game is useful for the development of historical skills. Students select and use information as evidence in a historical argument about industrialisation.
Year level


Learning area
  • History

Other details

  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
  • Organization: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
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  • Publisher
  • Name: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
  • Organization: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
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  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
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Learning Resource Type
  • Interactive
  • Resource: BBC © 2012, except where indicated otherwise. You may download, copy and communicate this material for free, and use it in digital and hardcopy format for non-commercial educational use in Australian schools and TAFE institutions, provided you retain all acknowledgements associated with the material. 'Interactive' image: © Education Services Australia Limited 2012. You may copy, communicate and adapt this image for non-commercial educational purposes provided you retain all acknowledgements associated with the image.