A view over the Coalbrookdale Museum complex. The railway viaduct, deigned by Isambard Kingdom Brunel can be seen in the distance. The centre of the image focusses on the pyramid cover building over Abraham Darby's Old Furnace.

Support us through The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2022

The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust is thrilled to be taking part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge for 2022 – the online match funding campaign run by the Big Give. Find out more and support us at our online Christmas Challenge giving page at https://donate.thebiggive.org.uk/campaign/a056900002MR4DjAAL

Each year The Big Give Christmas Challenge helps UK charities raise vital funds, making a huge contribution to their charitable work. From 12noon on Tuesday 29th November through to Tuesday 6th December, all donations to us through our online Christmas Challenge giving page will be doubled by pledges already made by some of our supporters.

The Christmas Challenge will help us raise funds towards our Fund for the Future appeal to help protect the historic landscape at Coalbrookdale, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution from the 18th century and where great minds changed the world. It is vital that the heritage within our care is protected and preserved so that we can continue to inspire our audiences with the innovation of the past.

What your donation will do,

  • Help us continue to inspire and educate our diverse audiences.
  • Continue to help us inspire learners of all ages in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
  • Support future ongoing heritage conservation work to protect scheduled monuments and listed buildings that played an historically important role in the Industrial Revolution, such as The Old Furnace, the Darby Houses and the buildings of the former Coalbrookdale Company.

Remember that your donations via our online Christmas Challenge giving page will be match funded throughout the entire week, turning your £5 to 10, your £10 to £20 and your £50 to £100. 

The impact of our work on people


The historical impact

It was at Coalbrookdale in 1709 that Abraham Darby I first smelted iron using coke rather than charcoal at the Old Furnace. This ground-breaking innovation was the catalyst that was needed to enable the iron industry to flourish, and which led to substantial evolutionary changes in the way that society lives, works and communicates.

For more information about our involvement in The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2022 and other ways to support us, please contact our Fundraising Team at fundraising.manager@ironbridge.org.uk

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