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South End galleries to be developed

Chinese collection roomOne of the current Chinese collection displays

Creating world class displays

Built by William Hesketh Lever (1851- 925) 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 more than 1,500 of the Lady Lever’s most important objects. These include; 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 displays befitting the world-renowned collections and create new interpretation that can be enjoyed by UK and overseas visitors. We aim to attract a wider audience and to allow visitors to learn more about the collections and local heritage.

Chinese Room - new layout

New gallery design for one of the Chinese collection displays

Galleries to be restored

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

  • Eighteenth Century Room - including some of the most outstanding examples of English 18th century furniture in the country. The display in this room will explore female portraiture and the lifestyles of women during this period.
  • Wedgwood Rooms - includes two interlinked rooms displaying the best collection of Wedgwood jasperware in the world.
  • Napoleon Room - a dazzling display of furniture and artefacts related to Napoleon will be given new life as visitors will be able to get much closer to the objects.
  • Chinese Rooms - two interlinked rooms that will demonstrate the importance and influence of Chinese ceramics on European art and taste.
  • The South End Sculpture Gallery and Vestibule - refurbishment of the stunning south dome will create a dramatic backdrop for fine examples of Victorian and early  20th century sculpture. The plans for the south vestibule will connect the gallery with the architecture  of the Port Sunlight village.

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New learning facilities

This project will also allow us to develop new educational resources for our local schools and community. We will create a flexible learning space, which will include a school lunch room, workshop space and storytelling areas. This will allow us to offer more to our school and community visitors. 

Support us

Find out  how you can support the development of the South End galleries.