Winner of the National Lottery’s top award for heritage projects in 2016, Cheshire’s Lion Salt Works Museum has been made a Children’s University Learning Destination site, along with its sister museum, the Weaver Hall Museum & Workhouse, also in Northwich, Cheshire. This is part of their joint aim to encourage children to learn and enjoy museums in a number of different ways.
The prestigious Children's University Trust is a charitable trust that provides children and their families with exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences out of school hours. Its ‘Passport To Learning’ programme allows children aged 7 to 14 year old - and 5 and 6 year olds with grown-ups – to collect 'stamps' that recognise their learning and commitment. These credits lead to certificates.
Children will receive one credit for a museum visit and one credit if they take part in an additional activity, such as a craft activity. This means four credits are possible by visiting the Lion Salt Works Museum and the Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse. Children taking part in the ‘Passport to Learning’ programme simply need to present their passports to the front desk at the Museum to get a special stamp. Normal entry prices apply to these museum visits.
Laura Grigsby, Children’s University Head of Network Development and Support, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Lion Salt Works Museum and the Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse as Learning Destinations. The Museum will be joining a diverse and prestigious range of learning partners around the country, including Museums, Libraries and Archives, Zoos and Aquariums, Woodland Trust, English Heritage and the Forestry Commission.”
Gemma Gainey, teacher at Lache Primary School, Chester, said: “Getting children interested in visiting museums can be a challenge and I think the Children’s University’s scheme is good. It is particularly beneficial for both schools and pupils where it supports the curriculum.”
Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing at Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “Encouraging children to be interested and excited by museums is a key objective for the Council. I am particularly delighted that so soon after re-opening after its four-year £10m restoration, the Lion Salt Works has been made a Learning Destinations for the Children’s University. There are so many different and varied activities taking place this year at both museums, that there is something for children of all ages to be enthralled by.”
The Lion Salt Works Museum tells the story of salt through fun and interactive displays (including a sound and light show). It has won seven prestigious awards since re-opening after a four-year £10m restoration in June 2015.
In addition to fun, interactive displays and exhibitions, the Museum offers back packs and a trail for young children, a geo-caching site for older children and families, a butterfly garden and a fun, industrial-themed play area. Throughout the year, events are designed to appeal to children and there are craft activities during most school holidays, including throughout the Summer.
The Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse records the social, cultural and industrial history of west Cheshire and the history of the building itself as a former workhouse. Both museums have an action-packed programme of interesting and innovative activities throughout 2017