Chancellor George Osborne supports ‘brilliant’ Lion Salt Works

Chancellor George Osborne visits the Lion Salt Works Museum. The Museum is in a bid to become the UK most popular lottery-funded heritage site.The chancellor is pictured with leader of the council, Samantha Nixon.

Chancellor George Osborn pictured with leader of the council, Samantha Nixon.

On Friday 8 July, the Chancellor Rt. Hon George Osborne, threw his support behind the Lion Salt Works Museum’s bid to become the UK’s top lottery-funded heritage project. He toured the Museum, which he said was ‘brilliant’. The Museum has beaten hundreds of sites to be short-listed for the best Heritage project of the National Lottery Awards. It is the only contender for this award in the North-West. 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.  Time is running out, as all votes must be cast before midnight on 20 July.

Rt Hon. George Osborne, MP for Tatton, whose constituency includes the Lion Salt Works Museum, said: “I’m backing the brilliant Lion Salt Works Museum for a National Lottery Award. I am delighted that the Museum has been shortlisted for this prestigious award and I hope people across Cheshire will get behind them by voting to support our county’s proud industrial heritage.”

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.

Councillor Samantha Dixon, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “We are grateful that the Chancellor has taken the time to visit the Museum and lend his support to the ‘Vote Lion Salt Works’ campaign. Salt defines Cheshire – its landscape, industries and its people and so this Museum is very close to our hearts. I really hope that everyone will take the time to vote for us. It would be a wonderful reward to all those people who have worked to save the site over more than 30 years as well as the staff, volunteers, partners and trustees who create a year-long programme of imaginative activities and event that engage visitors, both locally and nationally.”

On Monday 4 July, the Museum welcomed back its salt wagon after a £27,000 restoration, organised by the Museum’s active Trustees. The Museum is also currently showing a WWI Exhibition from ‘Salt to the Somme’ featuring items from Northwich and Cheshire residents. This has been put together by an award-wining Cheshire volunteer.

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.