Lion Salt Works Museum scoops two awards in one night
30 November 2015The Lion Salt Works Museum near Northwich has won its third and fourth prestigious awards since opening less than six months ago, when it won ‘Best Newcomer’ at last week’s Marketing Cheshire Awards.
Also on the same night the museum won an ‘Award for Community Conservation’ from the Chester Civic Trust.
This year marks the 11th anniversary of the Marketing Cheshire awards which celebrate excellence and outstanding achievement by local businesses and individuals working in Cheshire’s visitor economy which is worth over £2 billion.
In last week’s Civic Awards for Design and Conservation, the Lion Salt Works proudly accepted the ‘Award for Community Conservation’, from the Chester Civic Trust and Cheshire Society of Architects.
Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Wellbeing, said: “The four-year restoration of the Lion Salt Works Museum was an ambitious project costing £10m including a generous grant of more than £5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
“These two awards confirm that the Museum is very special and much appreciated - something the Museum's visitors are already saying.
“We are aware that successful museums need to engage not just local people and visitors from further afield but also specialist groups - in our case those interested in industrial heritage, geology, waterways and local history.
“The Museum was also designed to offer something for all age groups and with its fun interactive displays, year-round programme of activities as well as the extra facilities of a café, fun play area, historic conference centre and butterfly garden, we hope to have achieved this goal.”
This weekend (5-6 December), steam engines, choirs and brass bands, will be part of the noisy and warm welcome to visitors to the Lion Salt Works’ first Victorian Christmas weekend. Almost all the events are free of charge, including meeting the most important visitor of all - Father Christmas. For more details visit: westcheshiremuseums.co.uk
The Museum, which recently received its 10,000 paying visitor, is one of the last open-pan salt-making sites in the world. It is an Ancient Scheduled Monument and is a hub for the European Route of Industrial Heritage.
In April 2015, the Lion Salt Works was Highly Commended in the Building Conservation category of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) North West Awards. On the first day of opening to the public (Friday 5 June), the Lion Salt Works also won the Heritage Award at the prestigious 2015 North West Regional Construction Awards, given to projects that can demonstrate the highest quality restoration and building re-use.
Jane Hough, Business Improvement District Manager, receives the Marketing Cheshire Award for the Lion Salt Works.
Left to right: Dorian Proudfoot - Donald Insall Architects; Simon Malam - Donald Insall Architects; Richard Andrews - Capital Delivery Team at Cheshire West and Chester Council; Lord Mayor of Chester, Councillor Hugo Deynem; Tony Barton- Donald Insall Architects; Mark Adams - Wates Construction.