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Port Sunlight at RHS Tatton Flower Show

Port Sunlight Village Trust is delighted to be exhibiting at the 20th RHS Tatton Flower Show. Our garden, named ‘130 years of Port Sunlight, The Garden Village’ celebrates the 130th anniversary of Port Sunlight and the remarkable vision of its founder, William Lever. We are delighted to have been awarded a Silver Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society in our first ever Back to Back garden. The informal and formal sections of the garden represent the importance Lever placed on health and wellbeing. He promoted exercise, healthy eating and fresh air by providing recreation facilities, allotments and open spaces for his workers. The water feature reminds us of the role water played in shaping the layout of the village and in providing essential transport links which enabled Lever Brothers to make and supply products worldwide. Original village cobblestones create a very real link to the past and a nod to the Arts and Crafts Movement – one of several artistic movements present in Port Sunlight which make the village so unique. Come and see the garden at stand no. 323 between the 18th – 22nd July 2018! We would like to thank our RHS Tatton garden sponsors and donors for their invaluable support. Sponsors: Clive McWilliam, Landscape Architect & Illustrator Kaleidoscope Stiwdio Owens Landscape Architecture Donors: Adams Construction (Wirral) LTD Argyle Electrical (NorthWest) Limited Cullimore Dutton Solicitors Limited Custodian Guards D G Contractor Discount Carpet Centre Duncan Sheard Glass Chartered Accountants Grab & Shift Ltd J W Joinery McAdam Roofing Ltd MSH Painting & Decorating Contractor Limited Sassha
By |July 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Port Sunlight at RHS Tatton Flower Show

Port Sunlight Week

Join us for a week of special events and exhibitions to celebrate 130 years since the founding of Port Sunlight village, including ‘Portraits of Port Sunlight’ a special exhibition that documents modern life in the village through a series of insightful and intimate portraits of Port Sunlight residents at home. 3rd March Craft Club textile making workshop from 1pm – 4pm (10 people max), at Bridge Cottage Port Sunlight Hand Bell Ringers performing from 2pm. All are welcome, at the Lyceum ‘Love Port Sunlight’ badge making workshop from 1pm-4pm. Drop in workshop, all are welcome, at the Lyceum 4th March ‘Made in Port Sunlight event’. Village artists share the work they have created at Bridge Cottage. Opportunity to purchase work from 11am – 4pm Lyceum Brass Band performing from 1pm – 2.30pm. All are welcome, in the Lyceum 5th March Port Sunlight String Quartet performance at 7pm (will play for 45 mins – places for 25 people available, pre-booking required, see below) at Bridge Cottage Meet the Sunlight Stitchers, from 2pm – 4pm at the Lyceum 6th March Meet the Craft Club, from 2pm – 4pm at the Lyceum Conference: Beautiful places, happy communities? From 10am – 4pm at the Leverhulme Hotel 7th March Port Sunlight Quiz, from 7pm in the Old School Room at the Lyceum.  A fun evening based around the story, landscape and buildings of the village with prizes too!  Bring your own refreshments if you wish.   Places for 50 people, booking required, see below. 8th March Lecture: Unilever – A History of Empowered Women, presented by Ruth Loughrey, from Unilever Archives, 6.30pm at Bridge Cottage.  Places for 30 people, booking required, see below. Meet the Lady Lever Artists, from 10am – 12.30pm at Bridge Cottage Portraits of Port Sunlight This special exhibition […]
By |February 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Port Sunlight Week

Port Sunlight singled out by Historic England for its impact on the country and the wider world

Port Sunlight village has secured a place on Historic England’s prestigious campaign Irreplaceable – a History of England in 100 Places. The campaign aims to create, with the public’s help, a list of 100 places, buildings and historical sites that tell the remarkable story of England and its impact on the world. The campaign is divided into ten different categories including Homes and Gardens, Science and Discovery and Faith and Belief, which are all judged by an expert, from Mary Beard to Professor Robert Winston. Port Sunlight was nominated by the public in Historic England’s Homes and Gardens category. The Wirral village was included in the shortlist provided to expert judge, architect, TV presenter, lecturer and writer George Clark who then selected it to be one of the final ten places in his category. All ten places picked by George will be explored in new episodes of Historic England’s recently launched podcast series. Historic England says the sites chosen are ‘hotbeds of invention and creativity.’ With a spread across the country, they have helped shape both our nation and the world beyond. Paul Harris, Chief Executive of Port Sunlight Village Trust, said: “To be included in Historic England’s History of England in 100 Places is a tremendous honour as it recognises the important role Port Sunlight has played in the social, culture and architectural shaping of our nation and the wider world. “It is also testament to the people past and present who have worked hard to maintain the delicate balance between preserving the rich heritage of the village and making it a great place to visit, while ensuring it continues to be a vibrant place in which to live.” Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, said: “The history of our homes […]
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Discover what’s in Unilever’s Archives

Discover what’s in Unilever’s Archives. On Thursday 30th November at 6pm, the team from Unilever Archives and Record Management will be sharing some of the fascinating stories from their collection.  The Old Schoolroom at the Lyceum will host a special exhibition, plus displays of intriguing artefacts and documents, informal presentations and film shows.  If you’ve ever wondered what was held in the archives, here is the perfect time to meet the experts and find out. The event is free and we are grateful to our partners at Unilever Archives for sharing their work. The Old Schoolroom at the Lyceum is on the corner of Park Road and Bridge Street, Port Sunlight, CH62 4UJ.
By |November 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Discover what’s in Unilever’s Archives

Temporary Road Closures

Temporary Road Closures 31st October and 1st November 2017 There will be road closures in place on Bolton Road, Park Road, Bridge Street and Cross Street on Tuesday and Wednesday due to filming in the village.  A diversion will be in place to enable traffic to flow through the village. We are very grateful to residents for their help and support in making this sort of activity possible. Using the village as a filming location represents a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of Port Sunlight in a way that we couldn’t ordinarily achieve. The cast and crew have gone to great length to minimise the impact of the filming and have been incredibly respectful of our unique heritage.  The film company have been very struck by the special nature of the place and the warm welcome they have received from residents.
By |October 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Temporary Road Closures

Port Sunlight on the Eve of the War

Port Sunlight on the Eve of the War Thursday 9th November, 7.30pm in the Old Schoolroom at the Lyceum This special presentation for Remembrance Week will explore the developments and optimism in the village and the life left behind by the men who marched away.  The talk will feature lots of images of Port Sunlight from that era, along with stories of Lever Brother’s business at that time and tales of some of the men who were to go off to war. Doors open 7pm, talk begins 7.30pm.  Tickets £6, available from Port Sunlight Museum, or on the door on the night.
By |October 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Port Sunlight on the Eve of the War

Open Village

Open Village Our popular Open Village event returns on Sunday 10th September as part of Wirral History and Heritage Open Days  and we’re celebrating the rich heritage and creative talent of Port Sunlight with over a dozen fascinating buildings open free of charge.  Among those taking part is the Gladstone Theatre, which will be offering tours telling the stories of the building, the Old Schoolroom at the Lyceum will host the popular Handmade Fair with the very best in contemporary craft and design, and at Lever House visitors will be able to discover the work of Unilever Archives.  Our Worker’s Cottage at 22 King George’s Drive will be brought to life with Edwardian living history and Tame Valley Vintage & Classic Car Group will display their vehicles on the green beside the museum.  Several residents are opening their homes to give visitors a chance to explore the historic cottages. Most buildings will be open 11am-4pm, a few have slightly shorter opening hours.  A full list and location map of all participating properties will be available on the day from Port Sunlight Museum, open from 10am.  This will be a perfect way to explore the village and discover something new!
By |August 29th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Open Village

The Piper’s Tale

The Piper’s Tale Wednesday 11th October 2017, 7.30pm, The Old Schoolroom at the Lyceum, Bridge Street, Port Sunlight, CH62 4UJ As part of Wirral Arts Festival, we have a special evening combining music, storytelling and folklore, exploring the role of the English bagpiper along with some local links to bagpipes through history, from medieval carvings to piping in Port Sunlight. The bagpiper strolls through the folk tales of Europe, sometimes the wise fool, other times a trickster or prisoner of the underworld.  The collected tales of many years are shared, along with tunes on various bagpipes to awaken the legend. Tickets – £6 on the door.
By |August 29th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Piper’s Tale

Daily Walking Tours of Port Sunlight

Take a tour of this historic village with an experienced, friendly and knowledgeable guide, running twice daily throughout August.  Explore some of the lesser known parts of the village and discover some of the fascinating stories from the past 130 years. Walking tours start at Port Sunlight Museum at 11.30am and 2pm each day, including weekends. Tickets cost £7 for adults and £6 concessions and include admission to the museum and our Edwardian worker’s cottage.  
By |August 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Daily Walking Tours of Port Sunlight

Wirral Open Studios at Port Sunlight

Wirral Open Studios in Port Sunlight Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June 2017.  Free admission. As part of the Wirral Open Studios event, six artists will be showing their work in the setting of Bridge Cottage in our village.  It will be a perfect way to see some of the area’s creative talent in the atmospheric setting of one of the Port Sunlight’s oldest houses, once home to village founder William Lever. The artists exhibiting are; Rob Davies (painter), Gerard McGregor (painter), Vaishali Karanjkar (photographer), Claire Acworth (jeweller), Mary Bryning (textile artist), and Chris Cullen (textile artist). You can find out more about these artists on the Wirral Art website.
By |May 9th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Wirral Open Studios at Port Sunlight