Port Sunlight

Port Sunlight Village is a perfect example of living history and has much to offer students from EY - KS3. The Village is a monument to the social reform of its founder and benefactor William Hesketh Lever and continues to interest and educate the growing number of school visitors arriving each year.

“Thank you for a super session, a real treat!” Teacher, Woodlands Primary School

“It was the best trip ever!” Pupil, age 10


School groups can take a self guided visit or arrange a guided tour. Activity trails are available including:

Sunlight Vision - Discover Lever’s vision and the people who made it a reality.

Explore Port Sunlight Village – a short trail from Port Sunlight Museum.

Port Sunlight Past and Present – explore the village looking for clues from the past.

Port Sunlight at War - Examine one of the largest war memorials in Britain and discover evidence of World War 2.

Museum-led workshops - take place in the Learning Centre lead by the Learning Officer for up to 32 pupils.

Then and Now (KS 1 – History) Pupils use handling objects to become historical detectives investigating how they were used, what they were made from, who might have used them and if we use something similar today.

Victorian Washday (EY, KS1/KS2 – History) Join a Victorian washer woman and help her with washday in this character led hands – on session. Discover washday objects, washday outfits and how washday has changed over the centuries.

Victorians – (KS2 – History) Experience life in Port Sunlight during the 1800s and use handling and discussion to discover what life was like living and working in Port Sunlight.

Home Front – (KS2 – History) Meet an ARP warden and discover, through handling objects and activities, what life was like in Port Sunlight during World War 2.

PortSunlight Garden Village (KS2 – AS level geography) Why did Lever choose marshland by the Mersey to build Port Sunlight? How did Port Sunlight contrast to neighbouring areas Travel and Tourism GCSE, GNVQ, AVCE The hands-on workshop introduces the museum as a visitor and heritage attraction. The focus can be tailored to meet your requirements, eg. Marketing or customer service.

Current projects and future topics Work is underway on a Learning Links project to produce a resources for use in the Museum and in schools and also on the ‘Their Past, Your Future’ project to produce resources focusing on Port Sunlight at War. There will also be Christmas activities for nurseries and preschools.


Key information

  • All staff hold CRB check
  • Full Public Liability Insurance
  • Workshops for a maximum of 32 pupils
  • Early Years – KS4

Additional Information

The area/s in which this provider is available are:North West

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