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Historic venue to re-open mid-February after substantial five-figure refurbishment

Port Sunlight Museum signs exclusive sponsorship deal with Unilever PG Tips

Historic venue to re-open mid-February after substantial five-figure refurbishment

Work is nearly complete on the refurbishment of Port Sunlight Museum following the second phase of a five-year development plan.

And as the historic village in Wirral nears it re-opening in mid-February, Chief Executive Lionel Bolland has revealed an exclusive new sponsorship deal struck with Unilever brand PG Tips who have signed to be headline sponsor for the Museum’s Winter Food Festival as well as the tourist attraction’s popular Tea Rooms.

Mr. Bolland said: “We’re in a period of real change and growth. The Museum makeover includes the creation of a special exhibitions gallery, improvements to the permanent exhibitions, gift shop and new visitor signage. Coupled with this is the exciting news of our sponsorship deal with Unilever PG Tips. I’m delighted and their support is an important development for our ambitious plans in 2013.

Mr. Bolland added: “Funding for our refurbishment project has come from Port Sunlight Village Trust and the Biffa Award, which awards grants to community and environmental projects across the UK. We are very grateful to have the support of the Biffa Award* to assist the Trust in their development of the Museum.”

Museum Manager Katherine Lynch, speaking about what the changes will mean for the area and tourism enthused: “Port Sunlight Museum gives visitors a chance to discover the history of the village, its creator ‘Soap King’ William Hesketh Lever and his vision for the village and its residents.

“The improvements will also enable us to explore some new themes in the permanent exhibitions such as the Garden City Movement, early urban planning, the development of the village, soap making and the history of Lever Brothers Port Sunlight.

“2013 marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of Port Sunlight and these improvements are a key part of our celebration plans. I predict they and the Museum will make a significant impact on the tourism pound in Wirral this year.

A spokesperson for Unilever PG Tips said: “‘PG tips are delighted to be part of the Port Sunlight Village, not least because of the long standing Unilever connection. We look forward to establishing a close working relationship with the trust.”

In re-opening, the venue in King George’s Drive is featuring a special exhibition that is also attracting national interest on Lady Lever, the wife of Village Founder William Hesketh Lever. ends

Further information on this news is available from Ubiquity pr via Joel Jelen on 07710  436 125.

Editor’s Note:

Port Sunlight Museum & Garden Village is an independent charitable trust responsible for preserving and promoting Port Sunlight created by William Hesketh Lever for his factory workers in 1888.

 

Selected events @ Port Sunlight:

 

1, Lady Lever Exhibition

February 2013

43 King George Drive, Port Sunlight, Wirral, CH62 4BX

Tickets: £3.75 Adults/£3.00 Concessions/£2.00 Children (5-16). Children under 5 go free.

0151 644 6466

info@portsunlightvillage.com                       

www.portsunlightvillage.com

Port Sunlight Museum & Garden Village

23 King George’s Drive, Port Sunlight, Wirral CH62 5DX

 

2, Port Sunlight 10k and 15k Road Races, Sunday 19th May 2013.

 

*Since 1997, the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT) has been awarding grants to environmental and community projects under the fund name Biffa Award. The fund administers money donated by Biffa Group Ltd, a leading integrated waste management business.

The total cost of the work at the Museum is £64,635, with the Biffa Award contributing £47,448.98.

Under the Landfill Tax Regulations 1996, landfill operators like Biffa Group Ltd are liable for taxes on waste deposited in landfill sites. The Landfill Communities Fund allows them to donate a small percentage of their tax liability to projects working to improve communities living within the vicinity of landfill sites. To date, Biffa Award has awarded grants totalling more than £125 million to hundreds of worthwhile projects. www.biffa-award.org

Biffa Award – Building Communities. Transforming Lives

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