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Lady Lever Art Gallery: Our Plans

Exciting plans and opportunities to support us

We have now begun an extensive programme of restoration and conservation in the Lady Lever’s South End galleries. We want to take these galleries back to Lord Leverhulme's original vision, restoring them to their former glory and making our world class objects more accessible to all.    

The collections, including Wedgwood, Chinese ceramics and 18th century furniture, will be re-displayed allowing visitors to get closer to these stunning objects.  Rooms will be improved with new lighting, original ceilings will be revealed and doorways will be re-opened. 

Visitor and community consultation is at the heart of these developments. We have been speaking to our visitors about our plans and listening to the views of local community groups. The new galleries will have hands-on areas for younger visitors and displays that will offer more to a 21st century audience.

The updated galleries will open in 2016, but the rest of the Lady Lever is still open, with lots to see and explore until then. 

Funding announced

The Lady Lever Art Gallery has received a £1.2m Heritage Lottery Fund grant, which will go towards the development of the South End galleries. This grant will also contribute to new educational programmes and resources for local schools and community groups. 

Support for the project 

This £2.8m project will be funded through major grants, donations and corporate sponsorship. National Museums Liverpool is extremely grateful for the generosity of all the funders and supporters. These include the Heritage Lottery Fund, as well as Lady Lever Art Gallery Patrons and Centenary Club members, without whom this project would not be possible. 

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Latest news from the blog

Restored ceiling light domes, South Vestibule copyright Pete Carr

A major milestone for the Lady Lever South End Galleries redevelopment

17 November

The Lady Lever Art Gallery has reached a major milestone in its Heritage Lottery funded development following the completion of a large scale restoration by Clan Contracting to restore the South End rooms of the historic gallery over seen by architects Purcell. Read more about A major milestone for the Lady Lever South End Galleries redevelopment

Port Sunlight War Memorial

A view from the Lady Lever’s South End

10 November

If you stand looking out of the south doors of the Lady Lever Art Gallery you take in a stunning vista from the nearby fountain, through the rose gardens, towards the Port Sunlight War Memorial. Read more about A view from the Lady Lever’s South End



This project is supported by the following organisations:

Heritage lottery fundGarfield Weston logoThe Ganada Foundation         Henry-Moore-Foundation 

 Charles Hayward Foundation

  • The DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund
  • Lord Leverhulme's Charitable Trust
  • The Headley Trust
  • Sir Siegmund Warburg’s Voluntary Settlement

"This project will transform the gallery and breathe new life into the collections. It will also mean improved accessibility for our visitors and greater educational resources for local schools and the community."  - Sandra Penketh, Director of Art Galleries.