Free, fun-packed 'Salt Sunday' celebrates the Salt of the Earth with science, talks and performance on Sunday 13 May at Cheshire's award-winning Lion Salt Works Museum
16 April 2018Families can enjoy an imaginative, free, fun-filled afternoon on Sunday 13 May when Cheshire’s award-winning Lion Salt Works Museum, based in Northwich, joins forces with the Salt of the Earth network for another exciting Salt Sunday. A celebration of Cheshire’s huge natural reserves of salt, this event will explore salt’s rich heritage with interactive drama and ingenious science experiments. This year’s programme will also include contemporary worship with the Bishop of Birkenhead, Rt Rev Keith Sinclair, as well as a series of ‘taster talks’ from interesting experts ranging from the engineer of the floating Antarctic laboratory to why salt has a connection with Northwich’s outstanding terracotta reredos. The afternoon runs between 12:30-4pm in the Museum’s café, grounds and historic Thompson suite. For more information contact 01606 275037 or visit www.westcheshiremuseums.com.
During the afternoon visitors can enjoy:
For centuries jobs and prosperity have resulted from open-pan, salt-making and salt mining and this legacy continues with numerous salt and salt-related industries still providing employment. Salt Sunday is a great way of celebrating salt this versatile resource.”
Rt Rev Keith Sinclair, Bishop of Birkenhead, said: “Salt is a wonderful God-given resource for the North-West and Salt Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to come together as a community to celebrate the benefits it has brought everyone. This is a fun, vibrant and joyful event and I look forward to welcoming people from across the county and the beyond.”
The Museum is the last open-pan salt-making site in Cheshire and one of the last in the World. It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument with the same protection status as Stonehenge and Hardrian’s Wall. Owned by Cheshire West and Chester Council, its £10m four-year restoration was made possible thanks to Heritage Lottery funding. The Museum tells the story of salt through fun, interactive displays, including a ‘subsiding house’ and a sound and light show that simulates the steam from the boiling salt pans.
The Museum has won nine awards since opening, including two national restoration awards and ‘Best Heritage Project 2016’ from the National Lottery, following a national vote.
There is free parking and free access to the shop, café, play area and butterfly garden.
Rt Rev Keith Sinclair, Bishop of Birkenhead discussing Salt Sunday with Kate Harland, Senior Learning & Operations Manager, Cheshire West & Chester Council