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Weekly Edition - Published 05 September 2015


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Go 'behind the scenes' in Port Sunlight for Heritage Open Days 2015

FOLLOWING the success of the 'Open Village' in 2014, Port Sunlight Museum and Garden Village will host its 2nd event on Sunday, 13 September 2015, in partnership with village residents and attractions.

'Open Village'
marks the final event in Port Sunlight's Heritage Open Days programme for 2015, which will run from Monday, 7 September 2015 and includes free entry to Bridge Cottage; once home to village founder William Hesketh Lever; and the opportunity to watch a metals conservator cleaning and waxing the bronzes on Port Sunlight's Grade I Listed War Memorial.

Open Village is also linked to Port Sunlight's annual Founder's Day celebrations and gives visitors the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes in Port Sunlight for a day to find out what it's really like to live, work and play in this historic village.

Nigel Chapman Rogers, events coordinator for Port Sunlight Museum and Garden Village said:- "We are really excited to be staging 'Open Village' for the second year running and are very grateful to the Port Sunlight community for their support, without which we could not stage this event. We have tried to retain some of the most popular elements of the 2014 event; the Tame Valley Vintage and Classic Car Club will have a static display on the Museum Green, and the Port Sunlight Ladies Bowling Team will compete in their annual club tournament. However, there will be some new features for 2015 including the chance to see inside the original entrance to the Lever Brothers offices, and local and village artists exhibiting and selling their work in a 'Handmade Fair' at the Lyceum."

Visitors will also be able to access previously unseen houses, rear gardens, and allotment plots. There will be a special exhibition at Bridge Cottage exploring the history of one of Port Sunlight's largest cottages and its occupants, and special tours led by a costumed character.

On the day visitors should head to Port Sunlight Museum to pick up an 'Open Village' trail which will identify which houses, gardens and public buildings are participating in the event. The event will run from 11am to 4pm and is free to enter. Free walking tours of the village will also be running from Port Sunlight Museum, at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

For more information about Heritage Open Days in Port Sunlight and 'Open Village' visit the Museum's website.


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