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Online exhibition features original Port Sunlight drawings

A village trust has launched its first online exhibition, with the plans that built Port Sunlight taking centre stage.

'Drawn Together' is the final output of a partnership project to digitise and increase access to the original architectural drawings of Port Sunlight Village.

The project has been made possible through a Sharing Heritage grant distributed by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Led by Port Sunlight Village Trust (PSVT), the online exhibition brings together for the first-time collections from Unilever Art, Archives and Records Management (UARM), National Museums Liverpool (NML), Wirral Archive Services and Bolton Libraries and Museums Service.

Wirral Globe: A bird's eye plan of Port Sunlight VillageA bird's eye plan of Port Sunlight Village

Katherine Lynch, Director of Heritage at PSVT, said: “This project has been in the pipeline for several years and we, along with our partners, are very proud to finally be able to share these beautiful drawings with everyone.  

"It feels very fitting to be launching this online exhibition right now. So many people have been prevented from spending time in areas of outstanding architectural beauty over the last 12 months.

"Drawn Together is a perfect way to connect with Port Sunlight and the founder’s vision for people and place without leaving the safety of home.

“Whether you’re a student, historian, village resident or just curious about architecture and the evolution of Port Sunlight, we hope Drawn Together will be of interest to a broad range of people.

"It will be fascinating to see how people interact with these amazing works of art. Our intention is to add to the digital collection as more drawings become available."

Drawn Together provides access to over 650 drawings, with the oldest dating back to 1889.

The exhibition includes illustrated introductions to the different building types and landscape features shown in the collection and virtual visitors can explore the site through a powerful search function and mapping tool which enables users to find drawings by architect, year or street name.

For more information about the exhibition, visit: drawntogether.portsunlightvillage.com

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