Lady Lever Art Gallery
The ‘Lever The Collector’ gallery in Port Sunlight, Wirrall was conceived as an introduction to the Lady Lever Art Gallery and the personality of its founder, Lord Leverhulme. The industrialist and philanthropist William Hesketh Lever founded the Port Sunlight model village in 1887. He believed that art would enrich the lives of ordinary people and built the gallery in order to display the cream of his personal collection. Named in memory of his late wife, the Lady Lever Gallery was opened in 1922.
The curators, working with the designers, made a careful selection of items from Leverhulme’s vast collection, to reveal facets of his diverse interests and his passion for collecting art. ‘Lever The Collector’ showcases splendid examples of paintings, sculpture, Chinese ceramics, furniture and more – together with some less obvious things, such as sea shells and Masonic regalia. The story of Lever and the founding of the Lady Lever Gallery is told through graphics and calf-bound flip photograph albums, and there are tactile displays and a trail leaflet for children.
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