The London Livery Weekend

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2015 – Friday 5 June to Sunday 7 June
2016 – Friday 10 June to Sunday 12 June
2017 – Friday 9 June to Sunday 11 June

A Livery tradition for more than 30 years…

Livery Companies have been coming to the Ironbridge Gorge Museums for over three decades. The tradition was started by the late Sir Peter Gadsden who was Lord Mayor of London 1979-1980. Having grown up in Shropshire, Sir Peter undertook a visit to the county as part of his Mayoral year which included a visit to the Museum where he became fascinated by the story of Ironbridge as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.

He went on to become President of the Museum’s former Development Trust in 1983 and started the Livery Day that year as a one day visit to the Museum on a Saturday in June. This developed over the years and as word spread more Companies started to attend. The day soon started to expand until it became the full weekend of activities that it is today. It is thanks to Sir Peter’s enthusiasm for the Museum and his Livery connections that the annual trip to Ironbridge has grown into a major event.

A Weekend in every Master’s Diary

The Ironbridge Weekend is a much anticipated event in every Master’s year of office. It provides a rare opportunity for all of the Livery Companies to get together, socialise and relax while also enjoying the stunning scenery and fascinating history of the Ironbridge Gorge. During the weekend, our guests are shown the sites and given a flavour of the ten award-winning Museums and the amazing monuments in the UNESCO Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site. This small corner of Shropshire is the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution – a world changing event.



From 2pm - Arrive at the hotel
7.30pm to 11pm - Black Tie Livery Dinner in the Covered Bays at Coalbrookdale


9.30am to 4.30pm - Tour of the four main Museum sites plus the Iron Bridge. Lunch and refreshments included.

7.30pm to Midnight - President’s Ball in the Engine Shop at Coalbrookdale including Champagne reception, four course dinner and entertainment


11am to 2pm -  Behind the scenes tour of the Darby Houses and the Costume Project at Coalbrookdale. Lunch and refreshments included.

Please note this is an example itinerary only and may be subject to change. Hotel accommodation, food, drink and coach travel to and from the hotel and Museums is included in the package cost. Full details will be sent to all Livery Companies in advance of the event each year.

How Livery donations have supported the Museum

Since the beginning of the Livery Weekends the Livery Companies have donated approximately £500,000 to Ironbridge in cash and in-kind donations.

Donations from Livery Companies have supported many of the museums, projects, developments and education programmes at Ironbridge including:

  • The £12m Development at Blists Hill Victorian Town which opened in 2009
  • The Coalbrookdale Scientific and Literary Institute which is now the YHA Youth Hostel
  • Jackfield Tile Museum
  • Many individual exhibits at Blists Hill
  • Enginuity workshops
  • The Wardrobe Department
  • The Museum of Iron
  • The development and conservation of our Nationally Designated Collections

The Trustees, staff and volunteers of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums are extremely grateful for the generous support that the Livery Companies have shown over the past 30 years. We hope that the special relationship that exists between our organisations will continue and we look forward to many years of working together to ensure that future generations can learn about the world changing story of Ironbridge as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.

If you have an enquiry about the Ironbridge Livery Weekend, please email or call 01952 435900.