Lady Lever Gallery to get £1 million upgrade

Salammbo Rotunda, Lady Lever GalleryWirral's Lady Lever Gallery is to get a £1 million upgrade. The work will change the main entrance from the south to the west, build an access ramp and new foyer and education area. National Museums Liverpool, which runs the gallery, is also mulling a move for the shop to tie in with the new entrance. Visitors to the gallery have increased to 140,000 in the last year from 88,000 in 2002-03 and it is hoped that the improvements will see the trend continue. The work will partly be funded by a £225,000 grant from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. The Lady Lever was founded in 1922 by philanthropist and businessman William Hesketh Lever, Lord Leverhulme and is in Port Sunlight, the village built for the workers of his famous soapworks. Lord Lever was a business innovator and the first to mass-produce and package soap under the 'Sunlight' brand. His business empire developed into the Unilever brand we know today. The gallery houses a collection of 18th century furniture and collections of Chinese porcelain and Wedgwood. The gallery is open every day from 10am to 5pm. Entry is free.

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