Port SunLight Museum

Port Sunlight Museum Collections’ Study Centre offers facilities to researchers.

Our archive contains;

  • Complete sets of The Port Sunlight Village Journals, Progress, and Port Sunlight News publications from 1895 – 1970
  • Periodic copies of The Port Sunlight News and UML First Hand magazine 1970 – 1982
  • Complete Port Sunlight Village Newsletters 1994 – 2010
  • Copies of the original architects design plans for Port Sunlight village and buildings
  • Many reference books relating to the village history, architecture, planning, and William Hesketh Lever

The archive is open 10.00am until 4.30pm Monday to Friday, admission is by appointment only.

Unassisted research in the Archive and Library: £10 for a full day’s research. (Includes 1 return visit to the Archive & Library within the same 30 day period)

Assisted research in the Archive and Library: £20 per hour

A4 photocopies b&w = 10p
A4 photocopies colour = 20p
A3 photocopies b&w = 40p
A3 photocopies colour = 50p

The Port Sunlight Village Trust is a registered charity (No. 1074713) and as such all research fees collected help towards the upkeep of the archive.


The archive can provide help for researchers, unable to visit the Collection Study Centre in person.

The minimum fee for this is £20 per hour, up to a maximum of 5 hours, which must be paid in advance of visit. A minimum of one hour’s research will be given, if further research is required, you can request longer periods in half hour units at £10 per unit.

In order for us to assist your search, please provide as much information and detail as possible on the nature of the enquiry. A brief ‘free of charge’ assessment will be made at point of contact, to check the feasibility of the search.

The results of the research will be sent in the form of a written report, which will include photocopy charges and a Copyright Declaration Form, which must be returned before the photocopies are sent out.

Please note – we do not hold Lever Brothers employees records, or past tenants records. However, village births, deaths and marriages are recorded in Progress and Port Sunlight News publications.


Port Sunlight Museums social history collection is also available for viewing by appointment only and under supervision.

The Museum actively acquires historical items, and donations of relevant items are always most welcome.

Please contact the Collections Officer if you own any objects you wish to donate, which are relevant to the village history, which you think would improve and enhance our collection.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Stuart Irwin

Collections & Exhibitions Officer

T: 0151 644 4802