Mr. Selfridge's students: How the American founder of the world-famous London department store set up a school for British boys and girls who worked for him in the 1920s
Black and white images from the early twentieth century reveal the inner workings of a & # 39; continuation school & # 39; set up by the founder of the Selfridges department store to educate his young employees.
Henry Gordon Selfridge invested £ 400,000 of his own money in opening a department store on the then-non-fashionable western end of Oxford Street after visiting London from his native Wisconsin, USA.
Selfridges & Co opened its doors in 1909 and became a household name, with Selfridge presiding over the company until its retirement in 1941.
With a strong interest in education and science, he decided that he wanted his own school to offer the young boys and girls who worked for him a better education.
The continuation school of Selfridges opened in 1925 and provided male and female students aged 14 to 18 with a wide range of lessons, from reading and writing to cooking, cleaning and sewing.
Department store founder Harry Gordon Selfridge started his own secondary school to train young people who worked at the company when the school left its age when he was 12 in Britain. A boy literature lesson at the London school was shown in February 1920
The continuation school of Selfridges took care of boys and girls, who wore matching uniforms, as shown here. A & # 39; physical culture & # 39; class for female students, all of whom have worked for the company, is depicted in February 1920
Two girls who worked for Selfridges in London have been photographed to take part in a cooking class at the department store secondary school in February 1920. It was founded by founder Henry Gordon Selfridge to improve the level of education for young people who are before business.
A teacher is seen as the leader of a girls' literature class at the Selfridges prosecuting school in London in February 1920
Henry Gordon Selfridge (photo) invested £ 400,000 of his own money in opening his own department store at the then-non-fashionable western end of Oxford Street in 1909 after visiting London from his native Wisconsin, USA.
The school was founded at a time when the school left the age for children in Britain was 14, raised from just 12 by the Education Act of 1918.
Although young people were allowed to go to school at the age of fourteen, they were obliged to part & full time & # 39; to go.
On images from the 1920 Selfridge classes, girls see books studying, learn how to do laundry, and participate in physical & physical classes.
Henry Gordon Selfridge was the hallmark of the ITV drama, Mr. Selfridge, who saw him play by American actor Jeremy Piven.
The lessons at the Selfridges school consisted not only of reading and writing. Students were also encouraged to participate in the arts. Pictured is a drama class for female students from February 1920
Henry Gordon Selfridge founded the continuation school to care for his employees and the curriculum was a wide range of practical and academic subjects. Pictured is a cooking course for ladies only in February 1920
Sewing class: Girls employed at the Selfridges department store in London are depicted at the Selfridges continuation school in February 1920. The photo was taken two years after the Education Act left the school from the age of 12.
Take a pose: A & # 39; physical culture & # 39; lesson at the Selfridges continuation school for young workers is depicted in 1920
Department store founder Harry Gordon Selfridge wanted to give the young people who worked for him a well-rounded education. In addition to reading and writing, female students were equipped with practical skills such as cooking and cleaning. This is an example of a & # 39; wash class & # 39; from February 1920
Working hard? A group of female students at the Harry Gordon Selfridge Selfridge Continuation School is depicted as striking unusual attitudes as part of a class & # 39; physical culture & # 39; in February 1920