Local archaeological artefacts discovered in the last two years as part of a community archaeology project run by Saltscape and the University of Salford will go on display at the Lion Salt Works Museum until 13 November. In this interesting exhibition, the artefacts tell the story of salt production around the Lion Salt Works and in the Wincham areas. Parking is free. For more information contact: 01606 275038
As part of their research, the community volunteers, led by Salford University and Saltscape, compared archaeology finds to the historical maps, allowing them to identify various phases of development on site from the late 18th century – mid 19th century.
Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing, Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “This exhibition explores the history around the Lion Salt Works in a very real ‘hands-on’ way. History is not a static thing, there are always new things to discover, whether this is by sifting through old records, or in this case quite literally digging the earth beneath our feet. For those of us who are not archaeologists, this is a fascinating insight into how archaeologists work, what they find and how it is interpreted. I am very grateful to the community project who spent so much of their time and hard work on this project.”
The Lion Salt Works Museum is one of the last open-pan, salt-making sites in the World and is an Ancient Scheduled Monument. It tells the story of salt through fun, interactive displays and has won eight awards since opening in June 2015, after a four-year £10m refurbishment, including the National Lottery’s ‘Best Heritage Project 2016’. The restoration by Cheshire West and Chester Council was made possible thanks to a £5 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.