Did you know we are a charity?
Many people know the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust is a world class visitor attraction, but not everyone realises that we are also an independent charitable trust that does not receive any mandatory funding from local or national government.
The Museum relies on visitor revenue, grants and donations to achieve its twin charitable aims of Heritage Conservation and Education in the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site.
Each year we welcome 500,000 visitors of which approximately 70,000 are students, many of whom take part in award winning educational workshops.
Across the World Heritage Site the Trust conserves 36 historic listed buildings and monuments, including ten museums, 3 blast furnaces, 2 Quaker burial grounds and a research Library and Archive.
It costs over £15,000 a day to operate these sites, with more funding needed for conservation activities and major capital projects.