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Steam Power

The award-winning Lion Salt Works Museum, located on the Trent & Mersey Canal, is holding its inaugural Steam Transport Weekend on Sunday 1 May and Monday 2 May. It will feature the 'President' and 'Kildare' historic boats plus at least six miniature steam engines, most in full steam during the day. In addition, there will be steam lorry and a display of treadle-powered fret saws.The event is free and there is no charge to visit the café, play area or butterfly garden. There will also be a series of stalls and children’s activities available at a modest cost. For more information, contact: www.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Wellbeing at Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “Thanks to the generosity of Clive Hearsey and other local steam traction engine owners, the Museum’s Steam Transport Weekend will feature some wonderful working steam engines. It will be a marvellous spectacle and very evocative of a by-gone era.

“We are also grateful to the Friends of President and Kildare from the Black Country Living Museum, for allowing visitors to look at their exceptional steam-powered, historic boats. Moored right next to the Museum on the Trent & Mersey Canal, they will give visitors the chance of really being able to imagine what life at the Salt Works would once have been like in its hey-day.”

Steam engines that will be on display during the two-day event will include two 4” scale Burrell double crank compound Road Locos, “Lady Louisa’ and “Alexander” as well as ‘Bessie’ a 3” scale Marshall traction engine, “Endurance” a 4” scale Tasker A2 Tractor and “Tommy” a 3” scale Burrell traction engine.

Friends of President from the Black Country Living Museum, look after and operate President – one of the world’s only restored coal fired steam powered narrow boats - and its unpowered butty boat Kildare.

The Lion Salt Works Museum tells the story of salt through fun, interactive displays and has won five awards since opening in June 2015, after a four-year £10m refurbishment. The restoration by Cheshire West and Chester Council was made possible thanks to a £5 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Museum is one of the last open-pan, salt-making sites in the World and is an Ancient Scheduled Monument. On March 4, the Museum won the UK’s most prestigious conservation award at the Civic Trust’s 2016 Annual Award in London.

There is a charge to visit the Museum (see charges below) but it is free to see the steam engines, historic boats, play area, café, shop and butterfly garden. Parking is free. Those wishing to arrive by water can tie-up at the Museum's moorings.

Photo caption: Alexander Cenac on the Burrell Road Loco “Alexander” and a photo of a miniature Burrell traction engine in front of the Visitors' Entrance of the Lion Salt Works

For further information, contact: Fiona Young, Marketing Cheshire, 01244 851867 Rachel Ashley, Press Office, Cheshire West and Chester Council on 01244 973025

Visitor Admission prices to Lion Salt Works Museum

Annual pass: £18
Family annual pass: £50.00 (2+2 or 1+3)
Adult £6.25 Concession £5.50
Child £4.00
Family ticket (adult and two children) £16.40
Other family and concessionary prices available

Free access to Café, Gift Shop, Butterfly Garden, Play Area and Car Park Website: westcheshiremuseums.co.uk Twitter @cwacmuseums Facebook: Weaver Hall Museum and Lion Salt Works

Cheshire West and Chester Council is grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for awarding a grant of £5.29 million under its Heritage Grants scheme, making the Lion Salt Works one of the largest heritage schemes being undertaken with their support in the North West. .English Heritage has also contributed £300,000 to the award-winning restoration.