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:

Soap & Water

The AIM Biffa Award History Makers Programme is supporting the creation of SoapWorks – 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.

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. See the project at www.beportsunlight.co