Port Sunlight Museum & Garden Village: signage and orientation
Port Sunlight is one of the finest surviving examples of an industrial garden village in the UK. It stands as a lasting testament to its founder William Hesketh Lever who in 1888 wanted to create decent and affordable housing for the employees of his new Lever Brothers Soap Works. It is also one of the North West’s primary tourist destinations and home to over 3,000 residents as well as a museum, art gallery, boutique hotel, and garden centre.
Still contained within its original boundaries, Port Sunlight comprises over 900 Grade II Listed houses and eight public buildings all set within 130 acres of well-maintained parkland and gardens. Over 30 different architects were involved in its creation and nearly every period of British architectural history is represented here. There is some magnificent public sculpture on display in the village including Defence of the Home, a Grade I Listed war memorial and one of the largest in the country.
In 2011 Port Sunlight Village Trust launched an ambitious programme to bring the public face of the Museum and Garden Village into the 21st century. The first phase comprised new interpretation around the village, new branding, improved signage and orientation for the museum. G+ Studio and Art Hotel were commissioned for the project, beginning with the new identity.
with G+ Studio