Heritage Lesson at Port Sunlight
Thursday, 16 October 2014
Shortly after the Junior Girls arrived in School on Thursday morning, Hesketh House emptied once again as the whole school left to visit Port Sunlight. The village was created by Bolton School benefactor William Hesketh Lever for his Sunlight Soap factory workers in 1888, and remains a fine example of early urban planning in the UK.
The girls visited Port Sunlight Museum, where they learned more about the ‘Soap King’ who went on to jointly endow the girls’ and boys’ schools of Bolton to create the Bolton School Foundation in April 1915, and later became the Viscount Leverhulme. They were given information about the building of the village and the factory where the original inhabitants worked, as well as what their lives would have been like in the Edwardian and Victorian periods.
The girls also visited the Lady Lever Art Gallery, where they could peruse the many paintings and pieces of art that were in her collection. This was a great opportunity for them to learn more about Lady Lever herself.
As part of the visit, the girls were able to try on period costumes and handle different artefacts. They also completed a village walk and saw the Port Sunlight War Memorial, which is one of the largest and grandest in the country.
The girls had a fantastic time on the trip and really enjoyed the whole of the day. Here are some of their comments:
“I really loved our visit to Port Sunlight. I loved the village, it really captured my attention.”
“I loved the paintings in the Lady Lever Art Gallery. I learnt that William Hesketh Lever used some of them to advertise his soap.”
“I was fascinated by the soap factory. I didn’t realise that the factory had two doors for its workers – one for the men and one for the women.”
“I loved looking at the architecture in Port Sunlight Village. Every chimney pot was different and quirky!”