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New 'Soap and Water' Exhibition launches in Port Sunlight

20th March 2015

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Port Sunlight as it looked in the days when tributaries from the River Mersey. Port Sunlight Collection.
Port Sunlight Soap and Water

Putting the port in Port Sunlight!

Port Sunlight Museum will launch ‘Soap & Water’ its latest special exhibition on Sunday 22nd March, also International Water Day.

Water has played an important role in the Port Sunlight story for the last 125 years. From the founding of the Port Sunlight site in 1888 and the subsequent growth of the waterways that served the factory, through to the development of the new Port Sunlight River Park in 2014 and the on-going management of water in the village through tree-planting schemes.

Stuart Irwin, collections & exhibitions officer for Port Sunlight Village Trust said: “This exhibition tells the story of how village Founder William Hesketh Lever turned a small piece of marshland into a global business and thriving community for his workforce. For the first time we will explore the civil engineering that stopped water flowing through the site and the extensive network of drains underneath the village. The exhibition will also showcase Bromborough Dock, Lever’s last great legacy and at one time the largest private dock in the world.”

The exhibition ties in with the 175th Anniversary of Cunard and Transatlantic passage which is being celebrated across the Liverpool City Region in 2015. Katherine Lynch, Heritage Manager for Port Sunlight Village Trust said: “Lever travelled extensively throughout his lifetime, both for business and for pleasure. There is no question that his international travels inspired the design and development of Port Sunlight particularly the Diamond area with its classical architecture and wide boulevards, which Port Sunlight Museum is set within.” Katherine continued: “Port Sunlight continues to benefit from water tourism and is a popular destination for the many cruise ship passengers arriving in Liverpool today.”

The exhibition will run until March 2016 and will be accompanied by a children’s trail and a series of adult talks and tours by local historians. For more information visit our website www.portsunlightvillage.com

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