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Issue:- 13 March 2015

Putting the port in Port Sunlight!

THE Port Sunlight Museum will launch 'Soap & Water' its latest special exhibition on Sunday, 22 March 2015, that is 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 and 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. 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:- PortSunlightVillage.Com.

National Poetry Anthology Competition returns, have you entered yet?

THE National Poetry Anthology Competition returns again and is run by United Press Ltd. who are aiming to promote poetry. This free competition aims to encourage more people to write poetry. Poetry is far more common than most people think, being used in things like adverts to music lyrics, but this form of writing tends to get overlooked. The competition is open to all UK residents, young or old. Over 250 winners are selected every year, each one representing a different UK town or area. All winners are published in the anthology and all receive a FREE copy of the book that will include their poem. The book has been published yearly now and one of the winners was from Southport. Back in 2009, aged 80, Ed Collins became the winner of the biggest 'free to enter' annual national poetry contest. He entered the National Poetry Anthology competition with a poem inspired by his grandchildren and, we are told, is still writing poetry. At each competition, the organisers pick 250 regional winners to put them in the book. They then also vote for the best poem in that. The winner of this vote gets £1,000 and a magnificent trophy to keep for life. So, if you want to join Ed Collins as one of a select few to win the £1,000 and a magnificent trophy, you have until 30 June 2015 to enter. For more information and rules, please go to:- UnitedPress.Co.UK. Also to find out more, please play the audio interview below, that we have done with National Poetry Anthology's founder Peter Quinn.

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