How are you? I heard it has been very cold and snowy in Japan lately. It
has been icy here too but not snowy.
Did you have a nice weekend? I had a day to myself on Saturday. Let me
tell you about it...
I went to a part of Liverpool called Port Sunlight. This is a village that
was built in 1888 by a man called William Hesketh Lever. He owned a soap
factory called Lever Brothers where they made "Sunlight Soap." (You can
see an advert for Sunlight Soap from the 19th century at the top of this
Over time, Lever Brothers expanded and became Unilever, one of the most
well-known companies in the world. These days Unilever is responsible for
manufacturing brands such as Vaseline, Flora, Simple, Dove, and many more.
William Hesketh Lever believed in "prosperity sharing". However,
instead of sharing the profits of his company with his workers, he decided
to build a village for them and give them reasonable houses,
good amenities, and welfare benefits. He believed that making his workers'
lives stable, comfortable, and satisfying would produce loyal, committed,
and effective work in the factory. The village he created was called Port
Sunlight and it was the first village of its kind.
Today if you visit Port Sunlight, it is like time has stopped. It is
quiet, peaceful, tranquil, and the houses and buildings remain in the same
way as when they were first built. Here are some of the things you can
William Hesketh Lever was also an enthusuastic collector of art and
he built an art gallery for his collections. He named it The Lady Lever
Art Gallery for his wife. Here it is...
The reason I went to Port Sunlight at the weekend is I am going to be
volunteering in the Unilever archives at Lever House for 10 weeks starting
this Friday. So, I wanted to check how to get there and get used to the
environment. I was so excited to see Lever House. It's very impressive
and I can't wait to start volunteering there. This is what it looks like...
After walking around the village, I stopped at the Tudor Rose Tearooms and
treated myself to a traditional Afternoon Tea...
I was able to choose the type of sandwich, cake, and tea. I had ham and
mango sandwiches, a scone with jam and fresh cream, and peach and apricot
tea. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day out.
I hope this article has shown you a different side to Liverpool. Please
come and visit me someday and let's explore Liverpool together! Until
then, please keep in touch.
Thank you for reading this. I hope you're all well. See you again next
time. Best wishes, from Corrina. ☺️