The Lion Salt Works Trust
41 years after it first came to the attention of Vale Royal Borough Council, and 28 years after it closed as a going concern, the Lion Salt Works re-opened to the public on 5th June 2015. A project costing nearly ten million pounds, has seen the restoration of the listed and scheduled buildings, the rebuilding of pan house 5 as a visitor centre and conference centre, and the installation of state of the art museum displays telling the story of the Works.
Since it was established in 1993, the Lion Salt Works Trust has been a partner in the restoration campaign for the Salt Works, first with Vale Royal Borough Council, and, since 2009, with Cheshire West and Chester Council. During those many difficult years, the Trust has received the support of organisations and individuals too numerous to mention, without whose help in fundraising and keeping the project alive, the restoration might never have been achieved.
The re-opening of the Works was far from the end of the story. There is still much to be done on site, the Trust intends to play a significant role in helping to run the museum, and it has a long term ambition to begin making salt again in the traditional manner.
The next few years promise to be even more exciting, the Trust is reconsidering its role in the future, and we are hoping that our old friends and supporters will join us in helping to take the project forward.