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South end gallery improvements

Mood board showing concepts for one of the galleries

Design ideas and themes for the Chinese collection displays

Creating world class displays

Built by William Hesketh Lever (1851 - 1925) to house the best of his personal collection, the Lady Lever Art Gallery is now regarded as one of the best galleries in Europe.

This project will deliver more than 500sqm of refurbished rooms within the Gallery. The beautiful South end galleries will display 1,700 of the Lady Lever’s most important objects, including the best collection of Wedgwood jasperware in the world, one of the best collections of Chinese porcelain in Europe, outstanding 18th century paintings and furniture, and some of the most significant 19th century sculpture in a British collection.

We will be able to create world class displays befitting world renowned collections and create new interpretation that will engage and be enjoyed by UK and overseas visitors with interests in Wedgwood jasperware, Chinese ceramics and sculpture. By doing this we aim to attract a broader audience that would be interested to learn more about the collections and the local heritage.

The 500sqm of refurbished space encompasses the following galleries and public spaces:

  • Eighteenth century room  - displaying some of the best English 18th century furniture
  • Sculpture gallery - located in the south dome
  • Wedgwood rooms - includes two interlinked rooms displaying the best collection of Wedgwood jasperware in the world
  • Greek vases room - explains the classical inspiration taken up by Josiah Wedgwood
  • Napoleon room - one of five ‘period’ rooms featured at the gallery
  • Chinese porcelain rooms - three interlinked rooms that display the importance of Chinese ceramics when collected in the 18th century
  • South vestibule - we will connect the gallery with the heritage of the Port Sunlight Village through an interpretative display in this area.
  • South portico

The successful delivery of the project will also allow us to develop new educational resources for our local schools and community. This will encompass a flexible learning space, which will include a school lunch room, workshop space, and storytelling and activity areas. An improved learning area will also allow us to expand our learning offer, enabling us to more than double our maximum learning capacity creating a permanent learning offer for our visitors.  

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