New photographic exhibition explores 'Worlds within Worlds' at Lion Salt Works in Northwich | Knutsford Times

New photographic exhibition explores ‘Worlds within Worlds’ at Lion Salt Works in Northwich

By on February 21, 2018

On 17 February, ‘Fabric of Industry’, a photographic exhibition that explores the fascinating microscopic worlds hidden within industrial materials was officially opened at Cheshire’s Lion Salt Works Museum in Northwich. The event was attended by volunteers, staff, Lion Salt Works Trustees, photography students and members of local photography groups. Sponsored by local chemical manufacturer, INOVYN, the exhibition was officially opened by Richard Nelson from INOVYN. This innovative project put together by professional Northwich photographer, Derek Randall runs until 29 April. Admission is subject to normal admission prices* and parking is free. For more information visit or call 01606 275066.

The exhibition explores the histories contained within the structures of materials in the Museum and at INOVYNs’s sites at the company’s Northwich sites at Holford and Lostock. The pictures explore the beautiful inner worlds of salt crystals formed over decades on site and the colours and inner landscapes produced by ageing metalwork. The photographs are printed on aluminium using cutting edge technologies that enhance the industrial subjects

To coincide with Marketing Cheshire’s Residents Week (17 March – 25 March), Cheshire and Warrington residents will be able to apply online for free tickets to go on two exclusive ‘tour and talks’ at the Museum. These will be given by photographer Derek Randall at 11am on Thursday 22 March and Saturday 24 March, during which he will explain the inspiration, development and processes behind producing his photos. Tickets can be downloaded at on 25 February and 8 March.

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing at Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “This is a wonderful and innovative new way to look at the fabric of the Museum and industrial objects. I congratulate all those involved in this project for coming up with such an interesting way look at these hidden ‘inner worlds’ and bring them to our attention. I invite everyone to go to this interesting exhibition.”

The Lion Salt Works Museum tells the story of salt through interactive displays, including a sound and light show, automaton and ‘subsiding house’. Visitors can also enjoy ‘Salt’ a fascinating virtual reality, salt-inspired dance, using the latest cutting edge techniques and directed by one of the UK’s top choreographers.

In addition, the Museum holds events throughout the year designed to appeal to a wide range of visitors, from rural touring plays, children’s activities, school groups to regular special events. The Museum has won nine prestigious awards since re-opening after a four-year £10m restoration in June 2015.

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