Invitation and further information
On Friday 19th and Saturday 20th October Middlewich Town Council will be putting on our last Heritage display of the year. The Middlewich Salt Event is free for all the family, held in the Civic Hall on Civic Way with free parking next to the venue, open from 11am to 5pm.
The aim of the event is to celebrate our salt heritage and the salt trade routes used. We explore what salt has done for our town in different ways, through exhibitions and displays, hands on exhibits, photographs, films, demonstrations, family activities and a mini market.
For the market area we welcome Mrs Bourne’s Cheshire Cheese, our own Middlewich Coulson’s Le Patissier, Sutton Soaps, plus other food goodies; the family Jam company, Chocolate Gallery, Yoxalls free-range eggs, Guernsey Gold Yoghurt. We will also have Neil Glendining our enthusiastic potter who will get children involved in clay working and show how salt is used for glazing, plus Jigsaw beaded figures.
The main exhibition area is of the salt-working families and companies of Middlewich and the salt routes used to transport it by canal and railway. Special viewings of traders and companies past and present who have used salt in their processes or been brought to the town through salt prosperity; these include Electro Bleach Co. and Steventon’s (Ideal Standard).
We of course take a look at the salt companies Middlewich was most famous for; Seddon’s, Murgatroyd’s and Cerebos. This exhibition is also a partnership event, joining forces with the Ecosal-Atlantis Project, which promotes Cheshire Salt Heritage and trade routes through Europe, our aim is to link up various sites in Mid-Cheshire; Middlewich, Winsford, Northwich and Nantwich for tourism and educational purposes.
Among the exhibitors is Colin Edmondson, a local historian specialising in the History of the River Weaver, exploring the traders using the river system and the works that lined it. Winsford Heritage Society is bringing a wonderful exhibition outlining their town history and involvement with the salt trade. Also present will be Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse, a wonderful museum, formerly the ‘Salt Museum’ and British Salt, our own Middlewich salt producer still going strong within our community.
Salt demonstrations will take place outside on the car park; see the salt making process for yourself!
Tours will also take place of our ‘Salt Church’ St Michael and All Angels, a beautiful church which will be open on Saturday from 12 noon to 4pm. Tours will run on the hour at 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and the last at 4pm, these normally last around 45 minutes depending on questions, there are lots of hidden gems in the church so well worth having a guide. The church will be open for anyone who wants to go along and have a look. On Friday during the preview day we will only be running two tours at 12 noon and 3pm, (there is a service at 1pm-2.45pm).
Tea and coffee will be served at the Civic Hall throughout the two days, courtesy of Middlewich U3A. There is a lot going on over these two days, it’s a fantastic opportunity to discover Middlewich and its connection with salt and other townships; see what information we have accumulated and how we intend to use it.
For stall holders and exhibitors taking part in this event, the hall will be open on Friday and Saturday at 9am for setting up, the civic way car park will be open. Sat Nav: CW10 9AS. Doors for the public will be open at 11am and close at 5pm on each day. Please note we will have a school in on Friday morning at 9am – 10am, they are coming for the displays and handling collections plus the salt demonstration and will be guided around.
Teas and coffees are available for everyone from the kitchen, and I recommend bringing some lunch with you, alternatively I can provide lunchtime cover for stands as I will have volunteer stewards throughout the two days.
For all staff visiting from Cheshire wide organisations and groups, I do recommend that time is made to attend this event, as it is not often we get the chance to put on a large display of this type. This exhibition shows where we are up to with regards to our Salt Heritage, potential projects and networking efforts to strengthen the tourism options in Mid-Cheshire.
Kerry Fletcher BA (Hons)
Heritage Development Officer for Middlewich Town Council