• The Bleach Packers

The Bleach Packers – Fools’ Gold

Below are images of Pyrite, or iron sulfide (FeS2), a mineral that played a crucial part in Halton chemical factories as it provided sulphur, needed for the creation of soda ash. Pyrite’s metallic luster and pale brass-yellow hue give it a superficial resemblance to gold, hence the well-known nickname of fool’s gold. In the beliefs of Thai people, pyrite is believed to be a sacred item that has the power to prevent evil, black magic or demons.

Laurence Payot has been appointed by Halton Borough Council to create an ambitious artwork inspired by Halton chemical industry, and working with young people from the borough. Following a series of workshops in October/November 2021, the work will consist of large scale public projections, reinventing the stories of the Halton Bleach Packers and other trades of the chemical industry. More information and behind the scenes available here.

More information about Halton’s heritage can be found at Catalyst and on the Halton Heritage Partnership website

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