Archaeology Collections

The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust houses all archaeological material recovered from excavations within the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site. The earliest archaeological projects in the Gorge go back to the 1970s. We also hold other material from fieldwork that we have undertaken elsewhere in Shropshire and within the hinterland of the River Severn. Most of the material is post-medieval in date, but we do have a number of medieval and earlier finds from the local area. Professional colleagues and members of the public are welcome to examine our collections on appointment.

Ironbridge Archaeology is committed to improving access to all its collections. Uniquely amongst departments of Museum, our entire collection is accessible to visitors with mobility disabilities. A major overhaul of our physical storage space is currently underway, with a view to improving conditions. This will provide a unique environment for the storage of archaeological material.

The archaeology collections contain all material from all excavations undertaken within the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage site. We also house the National Slag Collection, an internationally-important collection of metallurgical residues from sites of all periods throughout the UK.