Historic venue to re-open mid-February after substantial five-figure refurbishment
Work is nearly complete on the refurbishment of Port Sunlight Museum following the second phase of a five-year development plan.
And as the historic village in Wirral nears it re-opening in mid-February, Chief Executive Lionel Bolland has revealed
an exclusive new sponsorship deal struck with Unilever brand PG Tips who have signed to be headline sponsor for the
Museum’s Winter Food Festival as well as the tourist attraction’s popular Tea Rooms.
Mr. Bolland said: “We’re in a period of real change and growth. The Museum makeover includes the creation of a special
exhibitions gallery, improvements to the permanent exhibitions, gift shop and new visitor signage. Coupled with this is the
exciting news of our sponsorship deal with Unilever PG Tips. I’m delighted and their support is an important development for
our ambitious plans in 2013.
Mr. Bolland added: “Funding for our refurbishment project has come from Port Sunlight Village Trust and the Biffa Award,
which awards grants to community and environmental projects across the UK. We are very grateful to have the support of the
Biffa Award* to assist the Trust in their development of the Museum.”
Museum Manager Katherine Lynch, speaking about what the changes will mean for the area and tourism enthused: “Port
Sunlight Museum gives visitors a chance to discover the history of the village, its creator ‘Soap King’ William Hesketh Lever
and his vision for the village and its residents.
“The improvements will also enable us to explore some new themes in the permanent exhibitions such as the Garden City
Movement, early urban planning, the development of the village, soap making and the history of Lever Brothers Port Sunlight.
“2013 marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of Port Sunlight and these improvements are a key part of our celebration
plans. I predict they and the Museum will make a significant impact on the tourism pound in Wirral this year.
A spokesperson for Unilever PG Tips said: “‘PG tips are delighted to be part of the Port Sunlight Village, not least because of
the long standing Unilever connection. We look forward to establishing a close working relationship with the trust.”
In re-opening, the venue in King George’s Drive is featuring a special exhibition that is also attracting national interest on
Lady Lever, the wife of Village Founder William Hesketh Lever.