South End galleries


Lady Lever Art Gallery's South End galleries now open

The Lady Lever Art Gallery's South End galleries reopened in 2016, following a £2.8m major development project.

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Events at the gallery

The galleries have been returned to their original architectural glory, showcasing objects in a similarly impressive style to that employed by William Hesketh Lever when the gallery first opened in 1922.

The new galleries have been designed to encourage visitors of all ages to enjoy Lever's internationally-renowned collections, in line with his belief that “art is within the reach of all of us.”

Original doorways have been opened up to improve circulation within the galleries and original vaulted ceilings have been revealed. New glazed doors provide picturesque views of Port Sunlight village from the South End, while innovative architectural lighting highlights some of the Gallery’s most beautiful and iconic features, including the South End glass dome.

The galleries have hands-on areas for younger visitors, family-friendly trails and displays that offer more to a 21st century audience.

Support for the project 

This £2.8m project has been funded through major grants, donations and corporate sponsorship. The Lady Lever Art Gallery received a £1.2m Heritage Lottery Fund grant towards the development of the South End galleries. This grant has contributed to new educational programmes and resources for local schools and community groups.

National Museums Liverpool is extremely grateful for the generosity of all the funders and supporters who have helped towards the Gallery’s development and improving the space for visitors. These include the Lady Lever Art Gallery Patrons and Centenary Club members, without whom this project would not be possible. Centenary Club members' dedications are acknowledged on a special panel within the South End galleries, as well as being credited here on our website.  See the full list of Centenary Club members and dedications.

Find out more on the blog

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Four more reasons to visit the Lady Lever Art Gallery

2 November

The Education team at the Lady Lever Art Gallery have launched new resources for family visitors as part of our Heritage Lottery Funded project work.The resources link to the recently refurbished South End galleries and are free to borrow from the Welcome Desk on arrival. Read more about Four more reasons to visit the Lady Lever Art Gallery


Artisan catering delights at gallery relaunch

19 April

When the Lady Lever Art Gallery opened its new South End galleries last month, after a £2.8m major redevelopment project, guests at the private preview were wowed by the bespoke catering by our Conference and Events team, because the menu was rather special. Read more about Artisan catering delights at gallery relaunch


This project is supported by the following organisations:

Heritage lottery fundGarfield Weston logoThe Ganada Foundation     Charles Hayward Foundation         


  •  Lord Leverhulme’s Charitable Trust
  • DCMS/Wolfson Museums & Galleries Improvement Fund
  • The Headley Trust
  • J Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust
  • Professor Phil Redmond CBE and Mrs Alexis Redmond MBE
  • Sir Siegmund Warburg’s Voluntary Settlement
  • 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust
  • Andrew and Liz Collinge