Northwich sponsorshipINOVYN, part of the INEOS group, has been named as the first Corporate Partner of the Lion Salt Works in Marston and Weaver Hall Museum in Northwich.

The recently launched Northwich Museums Corporate Partnership scheme has been set up to enable businesses in the surrounding area to support the museums care for their collections, develop exhibitions and share the area’s exciting history, including the impact of salt in the region.

Opened in 2015 after a £10 million refurbishment, the Lion Salt Works was voted the UK’s Best Heritage project in the 2016 National Lottery Awards. It has featured on several TV programmes including Channel 4’s Great Canal Journeyswith Timothy West and Prunella Scales and BBC1’s Celebrity Antiques Road Trip

Housed within the old Northwich Union Workhouse, Weaver Hall Museum promotes the history and industry of West Cheshire. The museum’s displays relate to local industry, transport, archaeology and the building’s former history as a Victorian workhouse.

Lisa Harris, Director of Place Strategy, Cheshire West and Chester Council said: “We are grateful to INOVYN for choosing to support the Lion Salt Works and Weaver Hall Museum and their vital work for residents and visitors alike.

“Businesses can play a vital role in supporting communities, developing arts, culture and education programmes. Our new Corporate Partnership Scheme will help to safeguard an essential part of west Cheshire’s heritage for current and future generations. I would urge other like-minded businesses to also get involved, you can do this by contacting Richard Hall, Development and Fundraising Officer (01244 972134) if you would like to become a partner.”

Jon Whieldon, Operations Manager at INOVYN’s Northwich based Brine & Water Business said of the company’s decision to join the Northwich Museums Corporate Partnership Scheme: “As a business we have worked closely with the Lion Salt Works over a number of years and this has developed into a very valuable partnership for both parties. We are very keen to work with local community organisations to provide support where we can, so becoming a Corporate Partner was an obvious choice to reinforce our support. We look forward to working with both museums going forward.”