Arts & Culture

New 1930s-style Altrincham and Hale posters released – and here’s how you can buy one

By David Prior at

Two 1930s-style railway posters promoting Altrincham and Hale have been produced as part of a new exhibition to be held next month at a museum in Northwich.

Between August 8th and September 3rd, the Lion Salt Works Museum will host an exhibition of 13 colourful railway posters promoting the Mid Cheshire Railway Line.

Produced by the Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership and designed by artist Nicky Thompson of Chester-based Lemondrop Creative, the posters are intended to evoke the Golden Age of British travel and encourage holiday-makers in the North West and beyond to embrace the spirit of adventure and explore the sites of the region by rail.

Places featured on the posters include Altrincham, Hale, Chester, Northwich and Knutsford.

The 1930s-style Altrincham poster

There is no charge to view the exhibition and regular tours will take place.

Cllr Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing, Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “The railway posters of the 1930s hailed a new era of train travel and this imaginative campaign featuring fourteen railway stops on the Mid-Cheshire Railway line hopes to trigger a similar reaction.

“I think this is a marvellous initiative and an excellent way of showcasing the beautiful attractions of the region. Not only can visitors view the exhibition free-of-charge at the Lion Salt Works Museum, but they can also buy their own copies of the posters and postcards.

“They make an excellent present and I am sure there will be high demand for them.”

The Hale version

Artist Nicky Thompson, who owns and manages Chester design studio Lemondrop Creative, said: The posters draw on the work of Frank Henry Mason, one of the most influential poster designers of this era. In their day, these posters with their strikingly bold colours and experimental flat design were quite different and new.

“What is unarguable is that they were highly effective in creating an aspirational sense of adventure that drew city-dwellers to explore the countryside. I’m an Ellesmere Port lad, and as a Cheshire resident, it has been a total pleasure to produce the artwork for these posters. I hope everyone enjoys them.”

How to buy them: Posters will be available for purchase at the Lion Salt Works Museum in A3 and A2 size for £5 and £10 respectively. Postcards sets will also be available of 12 posters. If attractions across the region would like to stock these posters and postcards, call Sally Buttifant on 01244 976788 or 0773 652 3863.