Matt leaves Weaver Hall Museum for pastures new
15th April 2011


Matt leaves Weaver Hall for pastures new

Jenny Tyson and David Roberts make presentation to Matt
Image courtesy Colin Edmonson

The Friends of Weaver Hall Museum and the Lion Salt Works said a final farewell to Matt Wheeler on Friday, 15th April 2011 as he prepared to move on to pastures new. 

Matt, who has been the Curator of the Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse on London Road, Northwich for the last six years is taking up a new position as Curator and Manager at The Irish Agricultural Museum in County Wexford, Ireland. 

Matt was presented with an “Illuminated Address” that commended him for his work at the Weaver Hall Museum, the Lion Salt Works and Stretton Mill where he is also Curator.  

Jenny Tyson, Chair of the Friends of Weaver Hall Museum, on presenting the Address said: 

“Matt, we are sorry to see you go but wish you will well with your new career in Ireland.  You certainly deserve this prestigious job at their national Agricultural Museum. 

I would also like to thank you, on behalf of the Friends Group, for you commitment to the Weaver Hall Museum over the last six years and your many successes.  

Your have transformed the Museum and its visitor numbers into a local attraction that everybody is proud of”. 

David Roberts, Chairman of the Lion Salt Works Trust said: 

“Matt, many thanks for the help and guidance you have given the Trust since the Lion Salt Works was taken over by Chester West and Chester Council.  

You have been a breath of fresh air to our team and your skills, loyalty and dedication to your job are going to be missed not only at our local museums but throughout Mid Cheshire where you have worked closely with so many different organisations. 

You are going to be a hard act to follow”. 

Matt said: 

“I have really enjoyed my last six years at the Museum but its success must be shared with my staff, the Friends Groups who are very supportive, and all those local organisations I have worked with. 

The last couple of years have been a particularly exciting time.  Our local authority has changed and the former Salt Museum is now the Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse giving it a remit as the local Museum for Northwich and Mid Cheshire. 

Whilst I will miss all those at Weaver Hall, the Lion Salt Works and Stretton Mill, I am looking forward to my new challenges in Ireland”. 

Since Matt became Curator six years ago, the Weaver Hall Museum has seen its visitor number increase through many innovative activities.  There are regular New Exhibitions and Coffee Shop Displays, Afternoon Teas and Talks, Evening Events and trips to other Museums. Weaver Hall even has its own mini cinema, the Regalette, with film nights.


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