On Sunday 28 October, two of Cheshire’s outstanding sites – Northwich’s Lion Salt Works Museum and the Anderton Boat Lift - will be featured on Channel 4’s highly successful ‘Great Canal Journeys’. The programme, which was filmed in June, stars Timothy West and Prunella Scales and on this occasion, their son, actor Sam West. The programme will be shown at 8pm on Channel 4.
At the Lion Salt Works Museum, the Wests interviewed Kate Harland, Cheshire West & Chester Council’s Senior Learning & Operations Officer as well as Nick Hunt, Chairman of the Lion Salt Works Trustees who helped them try their hand at making salt in an open-pan.
At the Anderton Boat Lift, known as the ‘Cathedral of the Canals’, the West family climbed the giant lift as well as travelled through the lift by boat. The Lift floats boats through the air from the River Weaver and the Trent & Mersey Canal and is part of the Canal & River Trust Charity. Melissa Darch, Duty Manager and Boatmaster was interviewed about the lift, which is a masterpiece of Victorian engineering.
‘Great Canal Journeys’ features Timothy West and Prunella Scales on a series of canal journeys across Britain and abroad. Filming at both sites was part of a programme on the Trent & Mersey Canal and River Weaver and was produced for Channel 4 by the Spungold Production Company.
Cheshire’s Lion Salt Works Museum tells the story of salt in fun and interactive displays, including a sound and light show that evokes the steam rising from the giant salt pans. The Anderton Boat Lift is the world’s first successful boat lift and is often referred to as one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Waterways’. Both sites are Scheduled Ancient Monuments with the same protection status as Stonehenge.