Port Sunlight Garden Village is one of the finest surviving example of early urban planning in the UK. The late 19th Century village was built by William Hesketh Lever (later Viscount Leverhulme) to house his soap factory workers at Lever Brothers which eventually turned into the global giant Unilever. Lever was a philanthropist with a passion for art and architecture and Port Sunlight is an enduring testament to the achievements of this remarkable man.
The village is set in 130 acres of beautifully maintained parkland with a mature treescape. Nearly every building in the village is Grade II listed and two sections of the landscape are included in the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest. Lever employed over 30 different architects in the building of the village and the result is an intoxicating mix of architectural styles enhanced by the parkland setting giving tranquil scenes of great beauty. Add to this some excellent public sculpture, one of the finest and largest war memorials in the UK and you have a truly amazing visit to look forward to.
The Lady Lever Art Gallery houses one of the UK’s finest collections of fine and decorative art. It has the best collection of Wedgwood jasperware anywhere in the world and its collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings is internationally renowned.
The gallery was founded by William Hesketh Lever (1851-1925) and is dedicated to the memory of his wife Elizabeth. Lever wanted to share his collections with the public. At first he used the library for small displays, but he needed a bigger building for his collections. Lever personally selected works of art from his huge collection for the gallery. The gallery still contains the best of his personal art collection.
The cost of the visit is £23.00 which includes coach fare, coffee on arrival, entrance fee to the museum and guided tour of the village (on the coach). Lunch is not included but there are a variety of venues in the village e.g tea rooms, village pub, art gallery cafe etc. The organised activities will take place in the morning leaving the afternoon free to visit the Lady Lever Art Gallery and explore more of the village. The art gallery is in the centre of the village so easily accessible.
We will leave Castle Grove at 9.am and leave Port Sunlight at 5.pm
Tickets will be on sale at the lecture day on 18th May, or contact email@example.com to book your place