It is to the Arts and Humanities Research Council and aims to describe all different process of salt making from 1500, create a 'trusted sources' archive and reconstruct all the process and major sites using 3d graphics using the University's THINKlab.
There is a growing need for this approach as more and more publications carry on repeating outdated publications and ones that are just WRONG -
- Agricola's illustration do not show salt making in the Saxon period! They show illustrations of salt making described by someone from Saxony, Germany.
- A publication of 2006 quotes a reference of a publication dated 1920 attributing the discover of rock salt in 1670 as having been made in Droitwich, when it should have been in Northwich!
- A celebrity chef described how white salt was made in Cheshire from rock salt by taking the liquid out of the rock. A bit of a difference to the operation of evaporating brine made under ground by rainwater soaking through the ground and dissolving rock salt.
- The historic use of rock salt to strengthen sea water in the eighteenth century was not an 'adulteration of sea water' it was a realistic opportunity to make white salt using less fuel.
- Salt has not been 'mined' in Cheshire from the Roman period. It was made from extracting brine from natural brine springs that were enhanced by digging wells.
- Is a 'leaden' salt pan made of lead, or is it just heavy?
- A 'salt ship' found in Nantwich was used to store brine in, and is not a log boat!
Our work is desperately needed. Please leave comments here in support of the application.