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Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust

Founded in 1967, the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust Ltd is a registered charity whose twin aims are education and heritage conservation. The Trust cares for 36 scheduled monuments and listed buildings within the Ironbridge Gorge world heritage site and operates 10 museums which collectively tell the story of the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. The largest of the Trust’s 10 sites is Blists Hill Victorian Town, a recreation of an East Shropshire mining town around 1900.

As well as 10 museums, the sites in the Trust's care include a research library, a tourist information centre, two youth hostels, archaeological monuments, historic woodlands, housing, two chapels and two Quaker burial grounds.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £819,183
  • 2013-2014: £830,341
  • 2014-2015: £784,703

Video feed

Museum of The Gorge Fundraising Appeal on BBC Radio Shropshire

With just a few days left to reach the Museum of The Gorge fundraising target Gemma, our fundraising manager, has taken to the airwaves to tell more about our exciting redevelopment project. Listen to Gemma's interview and find out how your donation will make a difference. You can donate at http://ow.ly/F3rvY

Oliver Twist

Come dressed in character and join the residents of Blists Hill Victorian Town at a new Oliver Twist themed event over the bank holiday weekend of 23 – 25 August based on Charles Dickens’ famous novel. Costumed characters from the Sundial Theatre Company will re-enact scenes from the popular book, while children can take part in street games and activities with the Artful Dodger and his gang. The townsfolk have also been busy making scarecrows based on the book characters, which you will be asked to find and identify. Everyone who is dressed-up can take part in a competition to find the best Oliver or Olivia costume, and the best other character from the book, with the winners receiving a prize portrait taken by the Town’s photographer in their outfits. See more at: http://www.ironbridge.org.uk/plan-your-visit/events-and-exhibitions-calendar/oliver-twist-weekend/view/2014-08-23?CalendarStart=201408#sthash.LEFCqoQi.dpuf

Sherlock Holmes

Are you an amateur sleuth and budding private detective? If so, you can watch Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson solve a mysterious crime, which has taken place at Blists Hill Victorian Town over the weekend of Saturday 09 and Sunday 10 August. Come along and try your hand at forensic science, taking fingerprints, printing reward posters and matching plaster cast footprints to different shoes.

Ironbridge Digital Arts Project - Our Paintings

Congratulations and a huge thanks to the students of Abraham Darby Academy, for taking part in the Ironbridge Digital Arts Project, with the support of Arts Connect West Midlands. The aim of this exciting project was to work with young people from the local Academy to see how they would interpret some of our paintings using modern media techniques. The participants were given access to the images on the BBC Your Paintings website, and also to images taken for the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, showing the Gorge as filmed by a mini helicopter camera. The students worked with a digital media company and several artists such as poet Philip Monks, photographer Garreth Anderson and graphic designer Heather Blackham, to look at different methods of interpreting what the paintings meant to them. The group visited several of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum sites during the project, and went on location to film at the Severn Valley Railway in Bridgnorth. Production of the final film was completed by Digital media company SCADGE, all of which would not have been possible without the constant support and enthusiasm of senior Academy staff, particularly Mrs Edgar, Head of Humanities; and Jeremy Brown, the Academy’s Creative Agent.

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge celebrates the hugely popular Victorian novel by Lewis Carroll. Take part in the Hatter's Mad Tea Party, join the Queen of Hearts for a game of croquet and follow a clue-led trail around the town to find the Cheshire Cat. Enjoy cameo mimes and scenes from the book performed by costumed characters. There will even be a competition to find the best dressed person in a costume from the book!

Billy the Steam Roller - Wallis and Steevens

This is our Wallis and Steevens Steam Roller 'Billy' being driven through the Victorian Town.

Easter Tile Decorating at Jackfield Tile Museum

See how our tiles, made on site, are transformed into a variety of fantastic designs in our workshop! This process, known as tube-lining, is a wonderfully simple way to add decorative patterns to our ceramic tiles. Come along to Jackfield Tile Museum to have a go yourselves. Suitable for all ages, tile decorating is the perfect activity to keep children entertained over the school holidays. For more details, visit http://www.ironbridge.org.uk/our-attractions/jackfield-tile-museum/

Christmas Tile Decorating at Jackfield Tile Museum

See how our tiles, made on site, are transformed into a variety of fantastic designs in our workshop! This process, known as tube-lining, is a wonderfully simple way to add decorative patterns to our ceramic tiles. Come along to Jackfield Tile Museum to have a go yourselves. Suitable for all ages, tile decorating is the perfect activity to keep children entertained over the school holidays. For more details, visit http://www.ironbridge.org.uk/our-attractions/jackfield-tile-museum/

Tile Decorating at Jackfield Tile Museum

See how our tiles, made on site, are transformed into a variety of fantastic designs in our workshop! This process, known as tube-lining, is a wonderfully simple way to add decorative patterns to our ceramic tiles. Come along to Jackfield Tile Museum to have a go yourselves. Suitable for all ages, tile decorating is the perfect activity to keep children entertained over the school holidays. For more details, visit http://www.ironbridge.org.uk/our-attractions/jackfield-tile-museum/

Museums at Night 2014

As part of Museums at Night, the annual late night festival of arts, culture, and heritage, we asked people to help us make a new piece of art in the form of a contemporary 'patchwork quilt' at Enginuity. This modern take on traditional needlework features images of visitors' own faces etched onto sheets of brightly coloured acrylic. At the end of the evening the artwork was illuminated to reveal all the colours and etchings.

Museums at Night at Enginuity

As part of Museums at Night, the annual late night festival of arts, culture, and heritage, we're looking for people to help us make a new piece of art in the form of a contemporary 'patchwork quilt' at Enginuity. This modern take on traditional needlework will feature images of visitors' own faces etched onto sheets of brightly coloured acrylic. At the end of the evening the artwork will be illuminated to reveal all the colours and etchings.

Rachel Frost

Using designs inspired by the industrial architecture and landscapes of the Ironbridge Gorge, Rachel produces work which is bold and dynamic.

Kinki Glass

At the heart of Kinki Glass lies the ethos of designing and creating beautiful contemporary pieces by combining elegant, dynamic form with vibrant, intense colour.

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Contact details

www.ironbridge.org.uk

Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust
Coach Road
Coalbrookdale
Telford
TF8 7DQ

52.638512, -2.49159

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