Lion Salt Works offers free entry to anyone on earth whose surname is Salt
5% of all people called Salt live in Staffordshire
The Lion Salt Works Museum in Cheshire is offering free entry to anyone on earth whose surname is Salt. There are more people whose surname is ‘Salt’ living in Staffordshire than any other county in the UK*. It is estimated that 5% of all people called ‘Salt’ live there.
The Lion Salt Works Museum is under an hour from many places in Staffordshire. The ‘Salts of the Earth’ offer will be available until 31 May, 2016 to anyone who can prove their surname is Salt by producing photo-ID in the form of a driving licence or passport. There are estimated to be about 7,500 people in the UK with Salt as a surname* and possibly thousands worldwide**.
Councillor Brian Clarke, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure, Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “Salt is critical to living a healthy life, irrespective of where you live in the world and what you do for a living. The Lion Salt Works is one of the world’s last historic open-pan salt-making sites so by attracting the ‘Salts of the Earth’ with this global offer, it shows that the appeal of our museum is universal too. We look forward to seeing Salts from Stafford to Sydney and beyond.”
The award-winning museum, opened after a £10m restoration in June 2015, gives a fascinating and fresh insight into the story of salt, explaining the national significance of Cheshire’s salt industry and how it shaped the local people, economy and landscape. This is brought to life in the Museum with fun, interactive and imaginative educational exhibits, including a walk-in ‘subsiding house’. Theatrical lighting, sound and film also evoke the giant clouds of steam once produced by the site’s huge salt-boiling pans.
The Museum, adjacent to the Trent & Mersey Canal, has access directly from the canal and mooring is available for visitors who come by water. It is within easy walking distance of Marbury Woods, which is excellent for walks or just enjoying nature and just two miles down the canal towpath from the iconic Anderton Boat Lift, one of the wonders of the British waterways. In addition, the Lion Salt Works has a café, a well-established butterfly garden and a well-equipped conference centre, located in one of the historic Grade II-listed Stove Houses. Information about events can be found at westcheshiremuseums.co.uk
During half-term in February, the Museum is offering ‘Love Bugs and Stained Glass Hearts’ activities for children and at May Bank Holiday (Sunday 1 May and Monday 2 May) a Steam Transport Weekend, featuring traction engines and historic boats. Information about events can be found at westcheshiremuseums.co.uk
* According to Britishsurnames.co.uk.
The reason why ‘Salt’ is such a prevalent name in Staffordshire is that most were named after the village of Salt, in the parish of St Mary and St. Chad, three miles North-East of Stafford. According to Sofeminine.co.uk 5% of people called Salt live in Staffordshire.
** The Lion Salt Works will accept any surname in the world which is a direct translation of the world ‘Salt’ as a surname but not names incorporating the word salt eg Salter, Saltman.