Fun-packed Salt Sunday celebrates the salt of the earth with art, music and science on Sunday 7 May
19 April 2017Families can enjoy an imaginative, free, fun-filled afternoon on Sunday 7 May when award-winning, Northwich-based museum, the Lion Salt Works 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 unique event will explore salt’s rich heritage with drama and interactive music and science activities. This year’s programme will include contemporary worship with the Bishop of Birkenhead and a community drama from Mr and Mrs Theatre Company. There will also be a series of ‘taster talks’ by salt-related industries. The afternoon runs between 1:30-4pm in the Museum’s café, grounds and Thompson suite.
For more information contact 01606 275037 or visit www.westcheshiremuseums.com.
During the afternoon visitors can enjoy:
Rt Rev Keith Sinclair, Bishop of Birkenhead, said: “Salt is a wonderful God-given resource for the North-West. We enjoy a thriving chemical industry because salt was a natural catalyst for the early chemical industry; salt is a key ingredient in our famous Cheshire cheese and centuries of jobs and prosperity has resulted from open-pan, salt-making and salt mining. This legacy continues with numerous salt and salt-related industries still providing employment and support to the community. Salt Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to come together and give thanks for this abundant natural resource as well as having a lot of fun.”
The Lion Salt Works Museum is owned by Cheshire West and Chester Council and 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 seven 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 2. Rt Rev Keith Sinclair with salt pots from Lion Salt Works Museum prior to Salt Sunday.