The Lion Salt Works has welcomed a research team of Korean representatives from the prestigious National Folk Museum of Korea, based in Seoul. The purpose of their five-man visit was to gather information for an exhibition called ‘Salt of the World’. As the Lion Salt Works Museum is one of the last four open-pan, salt-making sites in the world, a visit to the site was a high priority for the team.
Ms. Hye-Roung Park, Curator of the Exhibition Division of the National Folk Museum of Korea, said: “We are enormously grateful for the time and effort that the Lion Salt Works Museum has taken in showing us around. Visiting the Museum, looking at its exhibits and hearing all about the history of salt in Cheshire and the impact it had on the region and globally was truly fascinating. It was so different from what happens in our country. Salt in Korea is traditionally made from either boiling or evaporating sea water.
“But there are similarities too. We were interested to learn that you throw a pinch of salt over your shoulder for good luck. In Korea we believe we ward off misfortune by sprinkling salt at our gate.”
Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing at Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “Salt is one of the things that defines Cheshire and we are delighted to be spreading the word about the global significance of Cheshire salt to an international audience. As a result of the Korean exhibition on salt, we very much hope that we will get visits from Korean visitors and anyone else who is interested in hearing about the fascinating story of Cheshire salt.”
Earlier this year, the Lion Salt Works Museum won one of the country’s top awards, the ‘Heritage Project 2016 Award from the National Lottery Awards, following a public vote. The winner of six other awards since opening in 2015, the Museum tells the story of salt and its importance regionally and globally. The Museum, one of the last open-pan, salt-making sites in the world is an Ancient Scheduled Monument.
The Museum has a series of fun, interactive displays, including a sound and light show simulating the billowing steam of the open-pans as well as a subsiding house. It has a play area, shop, café and butterfly garden. There is plenty of free parking on site.
Photo: L-R Kate Harland (LSW Museum), Soo Yeon Yang, Peter Solan (LSW Trustee), Kyung Seon Hwang, Martin Boyett (LSW Trustee), Hyeroung Park (Curator of National Folk Museum of Korea), Nick Hunt (Chairman of LSW Trustees), So Hyun Jo and Kyung Min Lee