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The Lion Salt Works Museum in Northwich, located on the Trent & Mersey Canal, is appealing for users of the UK’s waterways to vote for it, as it strives to become one of the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects. The Museum beat off stiff competition from over 600 organisations to get short-listed for the best Heritage project of the National Lottery Awards. It must now win a public vote before it can get national recognition for the Museum by winning the top award at a televised presentation on BBC One. To vote for the Lion Salt Works, go to www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards or call 0844 836 9674. Voting runs from 9am on 22 June to midnight on 20 July.

The Lion Salt Works is competing against six other projects to be crowned winner of the prestigious Heritage Award. As well as generating national recognition for its meticulous four-year £10m restoration of the Museum, the award also recognises the contribution of its fun, interactive and educational displays and its innovation programme of events. The Museum was restored and is run by Cheshire West and Chester Council. It is one of the few museums in the country with its own moorings on the Trent & Mersey Canal.

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing at Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “Cheshire, and in particular its ‘salt towns’ are defined by salt and so this Museum is very close to our hearts. We are enormously proud that the Lion Salt Works Museum is representing Cheshire and the North-West in this hotly-contended national award. Some of our trustees have campaigned for over 30 years to save this site for posterity and I really hope that everyone who uses the canal and waterways will take the time to vote for us. It would be a wonderful reward to all those people – staff, volunteers, partners and trustees - who have worked so hard to create this wonderful Museum.”

Salt explains the landscape and industry

The Museum tells the story of salt and its importance regionally and globally. It explains why the deep layers of salt beneath the Cheshire plain make a difference to what people see around them. For instance, the transportation of salt explains the extensive canal network in the region and the thriving chemical hub of the North-West is because salt was historically a catalyst in many chemical processes. Salt explains the rise of Liverpool - it was a founding trade long before slavery - and even why one of the region’s iconic exports, Cheshire cheese, is so tasty. Salt is a key ingredient in almost all cheeses.

Help Us Win

The Lion Salt Works Museum asks everyone to vote for them by phone or online and to encourage family and friends to do so too. To vote for the Lion Salt Works, go to www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards or call 0844 836 9674. Voting runs from 9am on 22 June to midnight on 20 July. The Lion Salt Works Museum appeals to a wide variety of peoples, including those interested in industrial heritage, history, archaeology, geology and arts (the museum holds regular events in its performance and conference centre). Located adjoining the Trent & Mersey Canal, the Museum has its own moorings and attracts a lot of interest from waterways visitors. The Museum has also worked closely with local partnership groups, such as the HLF-funded Saltscape project and Cheshire Butterfly Conservation. It has also attracted over 50 volunteers as well as enjoying the support of its dedicated Lion Salt Works Trustees.

About the Lion Salt Works Museum

One of the world’s last open-pan salt-making sites, the Museum is an Ancient Scheduled Monument, with the same protection listing as Stonehenge. The Museum tells the story of salt through fun and interactive displays, including a light and sound show that imitates the large steaming salt pans. Opened in 5 June, 2015, in its first year, the Lion Salt Works won six awards, including national awards from the Civic Trust and Museum + Heritage. The refurbished Museum was designed by Donald Insall Associates with restoration and fit-out being undertaken by Wates Construction and BECK Interiors respectively. RFA Design were the exhibition designers. Archaeological work on site was carried out by the Council’s in-house archaeologist.

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