Archaeology

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Ironbridge Archaeology is the archaeology unit of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust. Established over 30 years ago, we specialise in historical archaeology, historic building recording and the archaeology of industrialisation. We are based in the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site and have undertaken commercial archaeology work throughout Shropshire, the West Midlands and beyond.

We provide a highly professional, comprehensive and cost effective service. Each project is run by a dedicated project manager whose role is to ensure that the project brought to a successful conclusion, on time and on budget. We work with developers and planners at every stage of the planning process, from pre-planning application consultation through to fieldwork, interpretation and dissemination.

We offer a wide range of services including pre-planning consultancy, Desk-based Assessments and Appraisals, Environmental Impact Assessments, Archaeological Watching Briefs, Evaluations and Excavations, Historic Building Recording and Assessments, Community Outreach, Heritage Management Advice, Landscape Characterisation Studies, Conservation Area Appraisals and Conservation Plans.

Ironbridge Archaeology has made a number of significant contributions to archaeological research and to developments in field methods and practice over the years. We also have a proud history of publication, training and outreach. Some of this has been undertaken in conjunction with academic partners, such as the University of Birmingham, the University of Bristol, and Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada. We also work closely with the museum's Education Department in bringing archaeology to schools.