Port Sunlight anniversary
Today the manufacturer, which employs around 2,000 people in Port Sunlight, announced that for the first time, its brands will join in the Port Sunlight Festival.
On 21 and 22 September at the weekend-long Festival, four of Unilever’s brands will be sampling and showcasing their products. Festival-goers can:
- relax and take in the sites of the festival over a catch-up cuppa in the pop-up Cuppa Club, as headline sponsor PG tips ventures out of the Tea Room and into the village
- sample meals for free from a taster menu that has been especially created by Knorr Chefs to showcase Knorr’s range of products in the Knorr Kitchen on the Village Green
- pick up samples of the new Persil Small & Mighty in a Unilever marquee on The Causeway. Persil has been manufactured in Port Sunlight since 1909 and the new formulation was developed in Unilever’s global research and development (R&D) facilities also located in the village
- sample an array of sandwich classics made with Flora Buttery in the Unilever marquee on The Causeway
The Festival also represents a perfect opportunity for visitors, residents, employees and all those with an interest in the village to share their memories and stories from Port Sunlight over the years in a new online community on Facebook. The page is dedicated to bringing together people with a connection to the village to celebrate 125 years of life and work in Port Sunlight since the Sunlight Soap factory was built on the site in 1888.
Helping Facebook fans to jog their memories, the Unilever Archives team will share rarely-seen photos, little-known facts and long-forgotten adverts of products which have been manufactured in the village over the past 125 years. They will also encourage fans of the page to share their anecdotes and favourite memories about life in the village to create a virtual Port Sunlight community.
Helpers will be on hand at the Festival in the Unilever marquee for Facebook novices, and the team will be making short oral-history videos for those who want to contribute their story in a more traditional format.
Jeannette Strickland, Head of Art, Archives & Records Management, Unilever, added, “Our Archives have such a wealth of artefacts that bring the history of the company to life and we’re really looking forward to sharing them with the community for the first time. However, what’s even more exciting is the opportunity to enrich the social history of our company and the village by asking employees, residents and visitors to contribute their stories on our Facebook page.
“We’ve heard endless anecdotes over the years from people whose grandparents worked at the factory at a time when male employees dined separately from female employees, or people who found love in Port Sunlight, and we’re hoping that some of our photographs will jolt memories and encourage everyone to come together to talk about what makes this village such a unique and special place in what is landmark year for us.”
Unilever UK Limited
Corporate Media Relations Manager
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