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Weekly Edition - Published  01 September 2016


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Port Sunlight Village opens its doors to visitors for Heritage Open Days

PORT Sunlight Village Trust welcomes the return of Heritage Open Days, from 3 September to 11 September 2016, and the Trust looks forward to being part of Wirral's extensive programme of activity.

On Saturday, 3 September 2016, there will be free entry into Port Sunlight Museum from 10am to 5pm. Visitors will get the chance to view the latest special exhibition:- 'Port Sunlight in Focus 1896 to 1916' which explores the three local photographers who contributed most to the pictorial record of the village during its early years.

On Sunday, 11 September 2016, 'Open Village' is back. Now in its 3rd year, this popular event provides an important opportunity to showcase Port Sunlight's unique history and heritage and celebrate the hard work of both the residents and Port Sunlight Village Trust who work in partnership to preserve and promote the special character of the village.

From 11am to 4pm, the village will open its doors, gardens and buildings allowing access to areas normally out of bounds to visitors. A free trail will be available from Port Sunlight Museum gift shop for people to pick up and explore the village, meet residents, and enjoy privileged access.

Katherine Lynch, Heritage Manager at Port Sunlight Village Trust said:- "Heritage Open Days are extremely important and the History & Heritage Association do a fantastic job in making Wirral's annual programme one of the best in the country. Our event 'Open Village' is very much in keeping with the spirit of this national initiative and we are delighted to share the experience with village residents and other Port Sunlight attractions, groups and societies."

Katherine continued:- "I don't want to give too much away, but visitors can expect to get inside some of the village houses, receive crown green bowling tips from 1 of the village's longstanding bowling clubs, and see inside Lever House - the former offices of Lever Brothers and now home to Unilever Port Sunlight."

Lesley Owen Edwards, Senior Archivist and Records Management at Unilever Port Sunlight commented:- "Unilever is delighted to be part of this year's Heritage Open Days. Come and visit the beautiful entrance to Lever House designed by William and Segar Owen and built for William Lever in 1895. An exhibition by Unilever Archives and Records Management will document the history of the building that was further enlarged with the addition of the South Wing in 1914."

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