Events & News

Events October - December 2014

Thursday 23rd October

Evening Lecture by Stuart Irwin, the Museum’s

Collections and Research Officer talking about

‘The Origins, development and changing social scene of sports,

clubs and societies in Port Sunlight in the 20th Century’

In the run up to Port Sunlight Museum’s lecture on the village’s clubs and societies on 23rd October, we will be posting a weekly feature focusing on one of the many groups that have existed in the village. Does anyone remember, or was indeed a member, of The Port Sunlight Junior Association Boys’ Club?

The Club had its origin in a football team connected to the Children’s Sunday Morning Service, which had its roots in the early years of the village. The Boys’ Club was started in 1921, and thrived throughout in the inter war period before new premises were opened in at Hesketh Hall in 1950. The club could boast 100 members who were engaged in all sorts of games, drama, carpentry, handicrafts, public speaking and visual arts.

The Club were members of the National Association of Boys’ Clubs and would travel for annual camps in Shropshire and the Lake District, as well as compete against other Boys’ Clubs at sport and athletics. In the mid-1950s members of the club started to produce radio shows for the patients of local Clatterbridge Hospital, which included gramophone radio requests. The Club would later put on dances in Hesketh Hall, before numbers became too large and the dances were moved to the old Gymnasium which stood where the Garden Centre car park now lies. Saturday night fundraising dances would attract crowds of 200 people and would feature acts such as Gerry & the Pacemakers, The Big Three, and The Fourmost before the venue was again deemed too small and new premises were found at Hulme Hall. It was here that The Beatles were interviewed by members of the Club on 27th October 1962, an interview that would later be relayed to the patients at Clatterbridge Hospital and become the band’s first broadcast interview. 

If you have any information or photographs relating to Port Sunlight Boys’ Club, or any of the Port Sunlight clubs and societies, both past and present, feel free to share them here or contact the Collections & Exhibitions Officer s.irwin@portsunlightvillage.com or 0151 644 4802.

 ‘The Origins, development and changing social scene of sports, clubs and societies in the Port Sunlight in the 20th Century’ will take place at The Old School Room at the Lyceum, Port Sunlight on 23rd October. Doors open at 5.30pm and lecture begins at 6.00pm. Tickets £5.00 from Port Sunlight Museum - 0151 644 6466 or info@portsunlightvillage.com. Booking essential.

‘The Origins, development and changing social scene of sports, clubs and societies in Port Sunlight in the 20th Century’ will take place at The Old School Room at the Lyceum, Port Sunlight on 23rd October. The village can still boast over 25 active clubs and societies today, and the talk will look at the factors and trends both inside and outside the village that have enabled some clubs to form and flourish, and others to fail over the course of the villages history. The talk will also look way back into Port Sunlight past to the many clubs that existed in the villages formative years, and at some of the people who dedicated themselves to their establishment and success.  

Doors open 5.30pm Lecture begins 6.00pm

Tickets £5.00 available from Port Sunlight Museum, booking essential

Lecture at The Old School Room at the Lyceum

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Autumn half-term

Tues 28th, Wed 29th, Thurs 30th October

Family Fun Craft Activities

Self- portrait 'Sunlight Spoons'

Do you enjoy getting creative? Wondering what to do during half-term holidays?

Drop into one of Port Sunlight Museum's craft sessions and get busy make a self-portrait on a wooden spoon or make one for someone else!

With a selection of colourful paper, glue pens and material, you can have lots of fun making a spoon just like you!

1.00pm – 3.30pm

The Old School Room at the Lyceum

£1.50 per child, no booking required, drop in sessions

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Thursday 27th November

Lecture by Gavin Hunter, Leverhulme Historian

'Freemasonry' in Port Sunlight

 "William Hesketh Lever, the 1st Viscount Leverhulme and creator of Port Sunlight, was a very active Freemason.

Two Port Sunlight Lodges were named after him and he was a founder member of many more lodges in the Wirral area.  This lavishly illustrated lecture will tell the story of the Port Sunlight Lodges, their meetings at the Lady Lever Art Gallery and elsewhere in the village, and Lever's personal involvement in Freemasonry".

11.30am & 2.30pm,

FREE entry, booking essential, limited seating, call 0151 644 6466

Hosted by Port Sunlight Museum, each lecture will be held in the Lady Lever Art Gallery.

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Friday 31st October

Halloween

Creepy Tales haunt Port Sunlight Museum!

Join us on Friday 31st October at Port Sunlight Museum for an evening of dark tales for Halloween.

Drawn from the creepy side of the folk tale tradition, the stories will feature witches' tricks, betrayals, boggarts, ghostly musicians, goblins and wishes gone wrong.

These are tales to make you think and send shivers down your spine.

For truly spine-chilling experience come along to one of our performances at 7.30pm or 8.45pm.

 Friday 31st October is the day Port Sunlight Museum turns into a dark, scary, spine tingling place full of folk tales and Halloween stories to make you shiver with fright!

Drawn from the bleak side of creepy stories filled with witches' tricks, betrayals, ghostly musicians and goblins, each performance will encase you into a world of darkness for an hour or so! Definitely not suitable for under 12's this night of fright will leave you with a sense of unease, until you return home to your cosy fireside and comforting cuppa.

Presented by Tom Hughes, a storyteller who has been sharing folk tales in castles, churches and historic houses across the UK for many years. His interest is in the lesser known stories of the tradition and shorter tales rather than the epics, with Tom performing six or seven tales within an hour.  His storytelling style is full of local folklore and draws the audience into the action, often including tunes played on traditional instruments to add atmosphere. 

Tom said, " I am looking forward to presenting my tales to those brave enough to enter this most charming and historical museum, it is perfect for the ambiance of the night.  I am a firm believer that stories are not just for children and this show is aimed at adults and teenagers who will enjoy these thought provoking and sometimes unsettling tales.  There is a long tradition of telling ghost stories during long winter nights and what better time than Halloween?” Amongst the creepy events of these tales, the audience will encounter boggarts, wishes gone wrong and the dead returning.

Each performance will last approximately one hour and be advised that they are not suitable for children under the age of 12!

Pre-booking is essential as places are limited.

For ticket prices and information on how to book call the visitor services team on 0151 644 6466 or email info@portsunlightvillage.com

7.30pm or 8.45pm

Adult £6.00         Concession £5.00

This event will take place within Port Sunlight Museum with performances at tow time slots

Tom Hughes can also be seen performing at storytelling and historic music events across Cheshire this winter. His website is www.pilgrimsandposies.co.uk

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Christmas in Sunlight

Sunday 30th November 2014

Craft making, festive afternoon teas, shopping

Come and celebrate Christmas in Port Sunlight with Port Sunlight Museum, their well stocked gift shop and festive tea room. Joining in with the festivities is the Lady Lever Art Gallery offering a selection of gift ideas in their gallery shop and an assortment of festive treats in their café! Not to mention the vast choice of home wares for interior and exterior living on sale in the Port Sunlight Garden Centre along with a delightful café suitable for individuals and groups.

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