Campaign to save the Lion Salt works goes digital

A DIGITAL archive chronicling the efforts to save the Lion Salt Works has been launched. 

European specialists in regenerating former industrial and brownfield sites visited the site in November 2012. Photo: Flickr/CheshireWest

European specialists in regenerating former industrial and brownfield sites visited the site in November 2012. Photo: Flickr/CheshireWest

Named after a tool used to pack salt crystals into the moulds when making lump salt, The Mundling Stick is a newsletter that has been produced by the Trust since 1995, detailing their efforts to save the open pan salt works.

As a part of the digitalization, almost 60 back issues of the newsletter have been uploaded to the Trust’s website in a bid to provide insight into the work the trust carried out over  13 years from 1995 until 2008.

The earliest edition reports on the Trust moving into the former Lion Inn, whilst the last celebrates Cheshire West and Chester Council signing contracts with the Heritage Lottery Fund and the North West Development Agency to take the restoration forward.

Councillor Stuart Parker, Executive Member for Culture and Economy, said: “I am delighted that the newsletters can now be accessed online. Not only is this fascinating resource more accessible to a wider audience, it is also preserved for future generations.”

“The Mundling Stick newsletters are real assets to the historic story of the Lion Salt Works. They illustrate the vital role the Trust has played in bringing us to where we are today – with the £8.8m restoration of this unique historic site well underway.”

The Lion Salt Works Trust was formed in 1993 as a registered charity and has secured a number of substantial grants, the support of the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery fund and is working closely with Cheshire West and Cheshire to turn the site into a visitor attraction.

Trust Chairman Nick Hunt said: “The Lion Salt Works Trust have always regarded the Mundling Stick as a primary way of communicating the salt heritage story to local and wider interest groups.

“It will be an invaluable archive in understanding how the Salt Works came to be regenerated.”

The newsletter can be downloaded in PDF form at http://lionsaltworks.org/the-trust/mundling-stick/.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer for the Lion Salt Works project can email Nick Hunt at ngkhunt@yahoo.co.uk for further details.

Chester Intelligencer reporter, Sean Lunt

 

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