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Families 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. The Museum is located on the Trent & Mersey canal. 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.co.uk

During the afternoon visitors can enjoy:
· A community drama event with Mr and Mrs Theatre Company. The Mr and Mrs performance starts at 2pm and no booking is required.
· Messy science - take part in ingenious experiments, including blowing giant bubbles
· Marvel as ‘wild brine’ is transformed into salt crystals over a boiling open-pan thanks to Lion Salt Work Trustees
· A programme of interesting 15-minute ‘taster talks’ by salt-related guests from INEOS, the Industrial Christian Fellowship and Sci-Tech Daresbury
· Enjoy pausing for thought during contemporary worship with the Bishop of Birkenhead, the Rt Rev Keith Sinclair at 3:30pm outside in the sunshine
· Enjoy live folk songs with John and Ailsa including the traditional “blessing of the brine” plus live music team from HBC Chester
· Enjoy stalls, taster talks and exhibitions from 1:30pm
· Join a guided tour of the Salt Works after the worship time (admission charges apply for entry but not for the tour)

Kate Harland, Senior Learning & Operations Officer, Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “Last year’s Salt Sunday was a great success and we are delighted that the Bishop of Birkenhead and Salt Sunday are coming ‘home’ to the Lion Salt Works. The Museum is the last open-pan salt-making site in Cheshire and one of the last in the World. All of us are keen to celebrate salt and the benefits that it has brought to Cheshire, not only for us as individuals but also as a community. This promises to be a fun, visually delightful and vibrant afternoon.”

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.

The Museum is located right next to the Trent & Mersey Canal and has its own moorings and direct access from the towpath.

There is free parking and free access to the shop, café, play area and butterfly garden.
For further information, contact:
Fiona Young, PR for Lion Salt Works Museum on 01244 851867 or at [email protected]
Rachel Ashley, Press Office, Cheshire West and Chester Council on 01244 973025