Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse, Museums Northwich, Cheshire - England where to go, what to see and where to stay in Wales


162 London Road Northwich Cheshire England
The Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse was formerly known as the Salt Museum. There has been a Salt Museum in Northwich for over 100 years. The original museum was established by Thomas Ward and John Brunner two local salt proprietors who felt that Northwich needed something to explain its importance as the “salt capital of the world”. John Brunner and Thomas Ward donated the Northwich Salt Museum and Library to the town in 1889. The Museum was originally in a building with Northwich library, which subsided as a result of the salt extraction. The new building still houses Northwich Library and the title over the door remains. In the 1970s the Cheshire County Council acquired Weaver Hall and the museum moved into its current premises. A visit to the Salt Museum begins with a short introductory film which sets the scene for the galleries. Visitors are then directed upstairs. At the top of the stairs is our new Salt of the Earth gallery, which takes visitors on a walk through Cheshire’s past. The River Weaver gallery tells the story of the River Weaver and the lives of those who worked and lived alongside it. The salt gallery shows how salt has been produced in Cheshire for over 2,000 years. Made from Salt explores some of the 14,000 uses of salt, from mummies to polythene. Two of our galleries have recently been refurbished with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The first gives visitors a “Walk through Cheshire” from pre-historic times to the 21st century. The other, called “Made of Salt” investigates some of the uses of salt, from the sublime to the unbelievable. The grant from the HLF also helped finance a new lift which means that all the galleries are now fully accessible to all. Meanwhile, our interactive “Hands-On-Victorians” room is now open and offers lots of fun for all the family. We also house a display looking at the history of the building as the Northwich Workhouse. The display is installed in the magnificent board room where the Guardians of the workhouse used to meet to conduct the affairs of this institution. This room is used by school groups during the week but is open at weekends and during the main school holidays for visitors to enjoy the displays. ....
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