On Remembrance Weekend (Saturday 12 – Sunday 13 November) the award-winning Lion Salt Works Museum will be displaying a ‘Poppy Wall of Remembrance’ made up of over 700 red poppies. This free-to-view installation is the finale to the Museum’s World War I Exhibition ‘From Salt to Somme’. The poppies have been hand-knitted by people from Cheshire and all visitor donations will be given to the Royal British Legion. A free tour to the ‘Wall of Remembrance’ will be available at 11.30am,1.30pm and 2.30pm on both days. There is no need to book in advance.
The Royal British Legion and Crafty Stitches (a specialist wool shop in Northwich) have co-ordinated the making of the poppies. Anyone with outstanding poppies can drop them off either at Crafty Stitches in Witton Street, Northwich or at the Museum. Alternatively, anyone wanting to make poppies should call Louise Hough at Crafty Stitches on 01606 43187. She can supply a free pattern and people can buy wool that matches the rest of the poppies from her.
Ruth Jones from the Royal British Legion, said: “We are pleased that so many Cheshire people have taken the time and effort to knit these distinctive poppies. The Legion is delighted that the Lion Salt Works Museum has become involved in this year’s event and it is a fitting end to their extremely interesting exhibition. The Museum’s ‘Wall of Remembrance’ promises to be both moving and evocative and we would encourage as many people as possible to come and visit it.”
“This year, the Royal British Legion is asking the nation to ‘Rethink Remembrance’ by recognising the sacrifices made not just by the Armed Forces of the past, but by today’s generation too.”
Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing at Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “We are very proud to be part of this year’s Poppy Appeal. We hope that people visiting the ‘Wall of Remembrance’ will also want to see ‘From Salt to the Somme’. This is an exhibition based on stories, documents, photos and objects shared by residents of Marston, Northwich and Cheshire at January’s World War I Roadshow. It recreates the human story behind what life was like for local people at the battlefront and for those who remained behind.”
“From Salt to the Somme was produced by Nigel Meyrick and his team of volunteers and is fascinating, humbling and probably unrepeatable insight into the lives of people living in Marston, Northwich and Cheshire a hundred years ago.”
From Tuesday 1 November until Sunday 31 January, winter hours will apply and the Museum will be open from 10.30am – 4pm (last admission 3.30pm).