Lady Lever Art Gallery
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Review from Baz J.
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We did the Port Sunlight tour beforehand and left the gallery until the end. We should have gone there first. The building was packed to the rafters with art. An amazing insight in to English art leaving you almost rushing from room to room to find out what was next. I am not a big arty .... but this place was amazing.
Brilliant value at Free but do leave a donation to ensure that this outstanding treasure continues.
I think we will be making a return trip to the area to spend a little more time looking around.
Review from Emma Louise M.
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We're back in the Lady Lever Gallery to check out its café and abuse its free wi-fi (you don't need a password - wooooo!). A far cry from the pre-packed sandwiches and plastic cakes you might find in many a museum or gallery canteen (and Liverpool doesn't come into this equation as all its cultural eateries seem to be as well-rounded and delicious as the next, darn it), this particular one serves proper lunches, hot and cold, from flavoursome sausage and mash, fish and chips and steak sandwich with red onion marmalade and proper hand cut chips to aubergine, olive and tomato bake with buttered summer vegetables and fresh pea risotto with asparagus and crème fraiche, it certainly isn't your average greasy spoon or convenience shop.
You can even have wine or beer with your grub and the quintessential sandwiches are freshly prepared by the chefs with really reasonable prices, all up to around £3 (it feels unusual to be eating a falafel and tzatziki wrap costing only £2.75 for example) and there are baguettes of roast pork, stuffing and apple sauce and French brie and red grape. If you're up for a sweet treat there are cakes, ice creams and cheesecakes to finish your meal, or perhaps for something savoury there's a Cheshire cheese board with chutney and biscuits. No hot drink is more that £2 which is beautifully refreshing and there are high chairs and a kiddie menu for the under 14s. Though I wouldn't try and push a children's dish on the average 13 year old these days, I don't know about you.
Worth the visit even if you're not looking at the gallery, but then again, why wouldn't you? Combine the two for a nigh on perfect day.
Review from David J.
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The Lady Lever Art Gallery owes its existence to the fortune amassed by the 1st Lord Leverhulme from his soap and detergents business, better known to us as Lever Bros.
Lord Leverhulme actually began purchasing art in the late 19th century to advertise his 'Sunlight' soap brand, and from this commercial beginning he developed a substantial collection of British 18th and 19th century art, an extensive collection of ceramics (including Classical items as well as early Wedgwood), tapestries and antique furniture.
The gallery itself was built in 1922 in memory of Leverhulme's wife. Set in the lovely surroundings of Port Sunlight village - itself an example of enlightened philanthropy, as it was built to provide high quality housing for Leverhulme's workers - the gallery is small, but the quality of the exhibits is high.
The paintings include items by Sir Joshua Reynolds, Stubbs, Turner and Constable, and a substantial number of pre-Raphaelite works, with pictures by Leighton, Millais, Burne-Jones, Rossetti and Holman-Hunt. The ceramics include an outstanding collection of Wedgwood, high quality items of Chinese porcelain from the Ming, Qing and Kangxi periods, and Roman and Greek sculptures and vases. Other collections include some late mediaeval tapestries and English furniture from the 16th-19th centuries, considered the definitive period of fine English cabinet-making.
The gallery has a small cafe and surprisingly good provision for children, including an 'artbase' trolley containing lots of materials for dressing up and drawing, and a selection of children's work sheets and gallery trails.
The site is a short walk from Bebington railway station on the Merseyrail network (14 minutes from Liverpool Central, trains every 15 minutes), and has ample car parking on site. It makes for a delightful afternoon excursion from Liverpool, and admission is free.
Review from Qype User (kneeb…)
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William Hesketh Lever established the gallery to enrich the cultural and educational aspects of the lives of his workforce and the public at large. The Lady Lever Art Gallery was opened in 1922 by Princess Beatrice (youngest daughter of Queen Victoria). It is probably the best surviving example of late Victorian and Edwardian taste and remains the only major public urban gallery built by its founder to house the collection he had assembled for it.
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set in a wonderfull village of Port Sunlight, its not just a gallery its a way of life !
Review from Graham T.
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Excellent disabled facilities at the entrance however the smallest lift known to mankind inside is a contradiction as I don't think a wheel chair would fit in it. Cafe is unusual and worth a visit. There was plenty to see and it's worth spending a few hours especially if it is a rainy day. The village of port sunlight is at its prettiest in Spring.