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Ainsley Harriott presents staff at museum with National Lottery Award for being UK’s Best Heritage project.

Lion Salt Works

Lion Salt Works opened last June after a 30-year campaign to save the UK’s last open pan salt making site in Cheshire. A four-year restoration has turned a dilapidated structure into an award-winning museum, preserving a key part of the country’s industrial history through interesting and fun displays, including a light and sound show.

Almost 6,000 people voted for Lion Salt Works in this year’s National Lottery Awards - the annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery funded projects – to win the Best Heritage project prize. Ainsley Harriot is one of the country’s favourite TV chefs and well known for coining the catchphrases “Susie Salt” and “Percy Pepper” on Ready, Steady, Cook. Last year he swapped the kitchen for the ballroom as he starred in Strictly Come Dancing.

The project wins a £3,000 cash prize, an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy and will attend a star-studded Awards ceremony, broadcast on BBC One in September.

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. In March this year, the Museum won the UK’s top conservation award from the Civic Trust and in May the Restoration Award from Museum+ Heritage. The Museum hosts an exciting year-long programme of activities and more details can be found at westcheshiremuseums.co.uk.

The Lion Salt Works Museum has its own moorings located directly next to the Museum on the Trent & Mersey Canal. It is located just two miles from the Anderton Boat Lift.

For more information, contact: Fiona Young on 01244 851867.