Port Sunlight Village


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With the aid of old movie film this video traces the story of Port Sunlight from its foundation by William Hesketh Lever in 1888 to the present day.

The village, of major architectural significance and now a conservation area, was built to house Lever’s workforce. It was built at a time of social deprivation and was a green haven compared to the outside world. We look at the village as it was and as it is now, including the Lady Lever Art Gallery, the Heritage Centre (formerly the Lever Free Library), Hulme Hall, Gladstone Theatre, Bridge Inn, the School and the Church. Some of the events include a celebration of Founders Day and Remembrance Day parade at the war memorial. We also look back at centenary celebrations in 1988.

Today tourism plays a major role in the life of the village as more people have become aware of its attractions and the significance of its contribution to social development in this country.

Narrator: Monty Lister of Radio Merseyside