The Lion Salt Works Museum is a unique monument to the UK’s industrial heritage. One of the last open-pan, salt-making sites in the world, the Museum explains the importance of Cheshire salt both regionally and globally.
A meticulous restoration effort turned a set of decaying buildings into the most complete industrial monument to the salt industry in the UK. There have been over 15,000 visitors since it opened with events ranging from poetry readings to mini-steam engine displays.
A National Lottery grant of £5.2 million funded a restoration process and a new exhibition explores Cheshire’s proud salt-making history, a recreation of the production process, interactive displays and films. The site also has a conference and performance area, a space for temporary exhibitions, a café, a butterfly garden, a play area and canal moorings.
The grant is funding a community and learning officer, enabling the staff to succeed at engaging local audiences with a wide range of events. Highlights include science events and dance projects, putting the new museum at the heart of the community. It has also welcomed over 900 visitors from schools, offering interactive learning across the curriculum. 50 volunteers from across the community have joined the museum since it opened.
The museum has partnered with Butterfly Conservation to run courses, and is running an oral histories project to capture local stories. The works has also hosted ‘boiling salt’ demonstration days, a geology day, a WWI roadshow and a heritage day which attracted more than 1,000 visitors.
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