Special projects

PSVT has a strong record of attracting significant support from trusts, foundations, and the National Lottery for a variety of special projects. Some current examples include:

The Light Touch Village

Arts Council England has awarded Port Sunlight Village Trust an Emergency Response Fund grant to cover emergency and recovery costs in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The funding will support the continuation of the community hub at Bridge Cottage, along with the development of a new online and offline community activity programme, working with creative practitioners. The grant will also contribute to the re-opening of Port Sunlight Museum through a new online booking platform and equipment for socially distanced guided tours.

Soap & Water

The AIM Biffa Award History Makers Programme is supporting the creation of Soap Works – a new family interactive gallery in Port Sunlight. Inspired by the life and achievements of William Lever, it explores the themes of Making Soap, Selling Soap and Using Soap, employing innovative interpretation and co-production to engage and inspire children and young people in the STEM subjects.

A Brighter Future for Port Sunlight

Supported by a Resilient Heritage grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, this project strengthens PSVT’s income generation potential, and facilitates the development of an enhanced and sustainable offer for visitors, residents and the wider community. It has enabled PSVT to commission an Asset & Property Income Generation Strategy and employ a dedicated Volunteer Manager and Fundraising Officer.

Contemporary Art Commission

Arts Council England – through Arts & Heritage’s Meeting Point programme – has enabled PSVT to commission the acclaimed contemporary artist, Tod Hanson, to create an original installation for the village. Responding to Port Sunlight’s history through our unique museum collections and physical environments, it aims to diversify PSVT’s visitor profile, and support our sustainability as a progressive heritage destination.

Environmental Sustainability Strategy

A grant from Museum Development North West is supporting the commissioning of an Environmental Sustainability Strategy. As an environmentally aware and socially conscious organisation, Port Sunlight Village Trust wishes to embed sustainability in all decision-making, budget-setting and fundraising activities. This integrated approach will benefit the heritage, residential community, visitors and natural environment of Port Sunlight.

Heritage Emergency Fund

PSVT has been awarded emergency funding by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to support the reopening costs for Port Sunlight Museum. The grant will cover additional staffing and cleaning, Covid-19 signage, PPE, hand sanitising stations, gazebos for new admission points, ipads for processing on-line tickets, and barrier systems.

A village in lockdown: Understanding the impact of Covid-19 on Port Sunlight

Port Sunlight Village Trust (PSVT) has received a Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund grant from Historic England to understand and document the impact of Covid-19 on Port Sunlight and to identify ways to mitigate the threats and maximise the opportunities for the village’s heritage and its community. The project has been designed to support the recovery of the village and PSVT specifically, but it is hoped that the process, findings, and recommendations will be useful for custodians of other heritage sites facing similar challenges.