Port Sunlight Museum and Garden Village

The Port Sunlight Museum and Garden Village are an excellent example of a model village. The village sits between Liverpool and Chester, on The Wirral. Port Sunlight was commissioned by philanthropist William Hesketh Lever in 1888 when he was in charge of the Sunlight soap factory. He created it as a place to house his workers, after realising that workers tended to be more productive if they were healthier and happier with their domestic situation. The housing and sanitation standards in Port Sunlight were therefore designed to exceed those found in most other types of Victorian worker accommodation.

The village now stands as an open air museum. Although many of the houses are currently private residences, there are plenty of places to explore in the village. The museum building is a great place to start to find out more about the unique history of the village. As well as finding out about the history of the village, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the stories of the workers who lived here. There are extensive grounds and gardens for those who wish to enjoy the outdoors. Visitors may also visit Hulme Hall and the Lady Lever Art Gallery.

For more information visit – http://portsunlightvillage.com/

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