Friends of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums

Join the friends and support the museum by helping at events, fundraising, volunteering or just by visiting the museums.

Plus don't miss the exciting and information-packed Friends Facebook Group.

To join the Friends please contact us on 01952 435 900  or email

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Join the Friends of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum

The Friends of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum (reg. charity no 518657) exist to support the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust and its mission to protect the fascinating stories of innovation and invention that took place in the Ironbridge Gorge, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century.

By becoming a Friend, you will directly be supporting the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust and its work across all the museums, its heritage conservation and education projects. Each Friend also receives the following benefits as part of their membership: 

  • 10% discount in all Museum catering outlets and shops
  • Discounts on special events
  • Priority booking
  • Member only entry at Blists Hill at busy times
  • Friends only events
  • Free admission to the Friends Talks Programme
  • Access to Friends trips and social events
  • Friends Newsletter

Friends also play an important role in ‘museum life’ getting involved in the following ways:

  • Staffing exhibits
  • Providing a trained guiding service
  • Purchasing important additions to the Museum’s collections
  • Providing ‘Kick-start’ donations for larger national grants
  • Researching into the social history of the area, recording memories and volunteering in the Library and Archive collections
  • Contributing specialised knowledge and interests

Please contact us on 01952 435 900 or email

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An update from the Friends Committee: July 2022

The role of the Friends in supporting the Museum has been highlighted this year through our ability to provide £50,000 as a 5% match funding contribution for the Museum’s bid to the Arts Council’s Museum Estate Development Fund, which has helped secure a £1 million grant for vital infrastructure and maintenance work at Blists Hill Victorian Town. In addition, a further contribution of £788 allowed the Museum to reach its target for their Steam Engine Appeal which will allow urgent repair work to bring back the ‘steam experience’ for visitors to Blists Hill Victorian Town.

Financial support apart, the Friends have been busy volunteering on a range of projects such as cleaning up the ‘David and Sampson’ Beam Engine at Blists Hill, giving the Arboretum at Coalbrookdale a ‘spring clean’ and offering guiding at the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron and Coalport China Museum. Later in the summer Friends will also be in evidence at the Darby Houses, Coalbrookdale, the Clay Pipe Museum, Broseley and the Toll House on the Iron Bridge.

The regular Talks Programme has been well supported and Friends have been kept up to date with details of the Talks through our Facebook Page as well as news and information through our Newsletter; details of the forthcoming programme of talks over the Summer and Autumn are listed below:

Talks Programme for Autumn 2022

  • September 14 Wednesday 7.30pm ‘Mrs Beeton – the Victorian Delia Smith?’ a talk by Amanda Phillipson, IGMT Lifelong Learning Manager.  In the Glass Classroom, Museum Offices, Coalbrookdale.
  • October 19 Wednesday 7.30pm – The Families of Caughley (Caughley 250 Anniversary), a talk by Allan Smith, member of the Caughley Society. In the Glass Classroom, Museum Offices, Coalbrookdale.
  • November 2 Wednesday 7.30pm– Annual Joint Meeting with Broseley Local History Society. ‘Benthall Railways’, a talk by Steve Dewhirst, local Historian, following recent excavations on Benthall Edge which was partly funded by IGMT.   In the Glass Classroom, Museum Offices, Coalbrookdale.
  • November 23 Wednesday 2.30pm – 18thCentury Colliery Steam Engines in the Gorge, a talk by Dr Mike Nevell, Industrial Heritage Support Officer. In the Glass Classroom, Museum Offices, Coalbrookdale.

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The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust would like to sincerely thank the Friends for their unwavering support to us over many years.