Half-term fun at Northwich’s Lion Salt Works Museum
Salt from the Lion Salt Works Museum in Northwich used to be transported all over the world in specially-designed sacks and this half-term, children will have the chance of making one of their own sacks in a creative and fun salt sack printing session. The drop-in sessions cost £2 and will be held on Tuesday 19 February and Wednesday 29 February from 10.30am – 12.30pm and 2-4pm. Parking is free.
In its heyday, salt from the Cheshire was exported via Liverpool throughout the world. Special sacks were made for each country and children will have a chance of choosing somewhere in the world and designing a salt sack based on that country. This activity is suitable for children aged 5 – 7 years old.
Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing at Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “This creative activity is a marvellous way of talking to children about the significant role played by salt on a world stage. It is extraordinary to think that once there were hundreds and hundreds of open-pan, salt-making sites across the region but that the Lion Salt Works is now the sole survivor.
The Museum tells the story of salt through fun, interactive displays, a theatrical lighting, sound and film experience and a walk-in ‘subsiding house’. There is no charge to visit the industrially-themed play area, café or shop.