2024 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of the writer and biographer LTC Rolt, also known as ‘Tom’. The Ironbridge Gorge Museum trust has partnered with academics from Keele University to host this event with the aim of celebrating the life, and explore the continuing legacy, of LTC Rolt.

LTC Rolt was a prolific author of books and articles on a wide range of subjects – including Industrial History, Canals, Railways, Cars, Ecology and Fiction. His passion for the subjects, and accessible writing style, has meant that a large pool of existing fans of his work are regularly joined by new readers, who are just discovering his work. His publications played a significant role in the emerging field of industrial archaeology and industrial heritage preservation, and he was personally involved in the foundation of organisations such as The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, the Talyllyn Railway, the Inland Waterways Association and the Vintage Sports-Car Club, to name just a few.

The conference programme has now been announced and tickets are on sale. See the programme here and buy tickets below. 


Please note there are two prices, a ‘General Sale’ and one for ‘Friends of Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust’. Those purchasing ‘Friends’ tickets will be required to show evidence of their Friends Membership during Registration at the Conference.


Call for Papers deadline – This has now passed but the Call for Papers document can still be found here.

Thursday 9th May 2024 – 50th anniversary of the death of LTC Rolt. Drinks reception in the Furnace Kitchen, Coalbrookdale.  

Friday 10th May 2024 – Conference Main Day - three sessions over the day, with an evening meal.

Saturday 11th May 2024 – Activities at one of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust sites – details TBC

Session titles

  • Rolt as a Writer
  • Legacies of Rolt
  • Who was LTC Rolt?

If you have any questions please contact Sarah Watson, Communications Manager, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, on sarah.watson@ironbridge.org.uk or telephone 01952 435900.