Ironbridge News

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2022 Events Programme Announced


Plan your year of days out with our newly announced summer events programme for Blists Hill Victorian Town!

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Launch of The PASS PLUS


We’re delighted to announce the launch of two new ticketing options.

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Volunteers' Valuable Contribution


The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust would like to express it's gratitude to the volunteers who make a valuable contribution to the Trust, this Volunteers Week.

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The Costume Project Delivers For Lanhydrock


The Costume Project's team of talented costume interpreters deliver new costumes for the National Trust's Lanhydrock Estate.

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Monument Trail Celebrates 50 Years of World Heritage Sites


Today, Monday 18 April, is the 50th anniversary of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We're marking this occasion with a family-friendly trail around some of the key monuments in the Ironbridge…

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Reopened - Victorian Photography Studio


Rowland Percy Smitheman’s Photography Studio at Blists Hill Victorian TownOur studio offers fully costumed sittings for visitors to the town.To book a sitting in advance please telephone 01952 601031…

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Easter Arrives At Ironbridge


If you're visiting Ironbridge this Easter, make sure you don't miss out on our fun family Easter themed events. From Saturday 9th to Sunday 24th April, see if you can Crack the Code, with an…

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Blists Hill Foundry to re-open after year-long closure


Visitors to Blists Hill Victorian Town will be able to enjoy even more of the sights, sounds and smells of the Industrial Revolution when the museum's historic iron foundry restarts casting this week.

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A Victorian Valentines: How Salopians did dating in the 1800’s


Research has revealed that our Victorian ancestors had time to find love.

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A Forge for the Future


A brand new 1880’s William Allday & Co Ltd Blacksmiths Forge has been installed at Blists Hill Victorian Town.

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A Victorian New Year


How the era of industry gave us New Years as we know it Ever wondered why we sing Auld Lang Syne every New Years Eve? Or, the reason why we take our decorations down in the first week of January? The…

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O little town of Ironbridge


What did a Victorian Christmas look like for the residents of Blists Hill?

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Changes from Monday 19 July


The Government are relaxing Covid-19 restrictions from Monday 19 July onwards. Find out what this means for you.

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Captain Tom 100 Challenge


The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust is joining the nationwide effort to support charities across the UK this May Bank Holiday Weekend with the Captain Tom 100 ChallengeThis is the fantastic opportunity…

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Prince Philip has died aged 99


Everyone at Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust would like to add their condolences on the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.A statement from Buckingham Palace said: "It is…

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Museum awarded £1.14m from Culture Recovery Fund


The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust to receive £1.14 million from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

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Work Starts on Blists Hill Victorian Town's New Outdoor Adventure


Work starts on an exciting new Outdoor Adventure coming to Blists Hill Victorian Town this summerConstruction has started on an imaginative family friendly outdoor adventure experience set to open at…

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First look at exciting new Outdoor Adventure


The first CGI image of a fantastic new family-friendly outdoor adventure experience set to open at Blists Hill Victorian Town this summer has been released.

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The Museum is now in a Tier 3 Area


The Government has announced that Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin will move to Tier 3 restrictions as of tomorrow, Thursday 31 December. As a consequence the Museums, and the Furnace Kitchen, are now…

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January Closure


We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support during 2020, it’s much appreciated and we can’t wait to see you in 2021. We’re taking some time out in January & February to support…

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Sew this is Christmas….


Father Christmas and his elves will be all dressed up for the festive season at one of the region’s leading visitor attractions thanks to a massive team effort from a dedicated costume team.

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Visiting Us From A Tier 3 Area


The Museum is in an area that has been designated as Tier 2 in the new post-national lockdown restrictions. This means that we’re able to open some of our Museums from 3 December at 10am and that our…

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Reopening in December


Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that national lockdown restrictions will be lifted at midnight on Wednesday 2 December, and the designation of our location as a Tier 2 area, we’re…

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Christmas countdown under way with Ironbridge Gorge Advent calendar


The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust has made counting the days down to Christmas more fun than ever – with a special Advent calendar filled with festive prizes.

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TV celebrities get into the swing at Blists Hill Victorian Town


Television celebrities Keith Lemon and Richard Blackwood enjoyed all the fun of the fair at Shropshire’s leading visitor attraction as they filmed a revealing interview for a hit ITV show.

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Santa to shoot personalised videos from Blists Hill Victorian Town


Shropshire’s leading tourist attraction has unwrapped a brand new early Christmas present – personalised video messages from Father Christmas.

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Museum promises Christmas to remember after lockdown


The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust today promised a Christmas to remember to help the region emerge from the November lockdown.

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November National Lockdown


We have really enjoyed and appreciated the support from all our visitors from July to November 2020. However, following the Prime Minister’s statement on Saturday 31 October on the revised COVID-19…

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Ice and easy does it at new Blists Hill Victorian Town attraction


The finishing touches were today being put to the latest star attraction at Shropshire’s world-famous Blists Hill Victorian Town – a spectacular outdoor ice rink.

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Museum awarded £1.86m from Culture Recovery Fund


The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust has been awarded £1.86 million from the Government's Culture Recovery Fund to help its long-term recovery from the coronavirus lockdown.

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New bespoke adventure playground planned for Blists Hill Victorian Town


A bespoke adventure playground could be created at Blists Hill Victorian Town under ambitious plans to attract a new generation of families and visitors.

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Wally is on his way to Blists Hill – but can you find him?


The hunt will be on at Blists Hill Victorian Town this half term as the world’s favourite children’s book character goes into hiding at the historic site.The Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search is…

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Furnace Kitchen wins major award


The Ironbridge Gorge Museum’s Furnace Kitchen has scooped a major award.

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Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search – find Wally at Blists Hill Victorian Town


This Halloween, Wally, the world’s favourite children’s book character – wearing a red-and-white striped shirt and black-rimmed specs – will be travelling the country, appearing in museums including Blists Hill Victorian Town at Ironbridge.

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Just the ticket – The Ironbridge Gorge Museums give away free 4,000 tickets as part of the Festival of Imagination


Shropshire’s premier tourist attraction is to give away 4,000 tickets to residents in Telford and Wrekin as part of the Festival of Imagination that returns to the Ironbridge Gorge between 12-27 September.

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Jackfield Tile Museum to reopen on Thursday


The Jackfield Tile Museum – part of the world-famous Ironbridge Gorge Museums – is to reopen this week.

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Power of steam draws the crowds at Blists Hill


A weekend-long event celebrating the great days of steam power attracted impressive crowds to Shropshire’s premier tourist attraction.

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Ironbridge Gorge Museums win huge vote of support


Shropshire’s most important tourist attraction has been given a massive vote of support by visitors since reopening following the coronavirus lockdown.

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Dress like a Victorian Day success for Blists Hill


Street urchins, chimney sweeps and all manner of Victorian folk took to the streets of Shropshire’s leading tourist attraction as it turned back the clock with a special Dress Like a Victorian day.

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Museums’ thank you for Covid carers hailed a huge success


A huge public thank you to the region’s NHS, care and emergency workers by the Ironbridge Gorge Museums has been hailed a resounding success.

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Dress like a Victorian for Ironbridge fun day


Visitors to Shropshire’s leading tourist attraction are being asked to turn back the clock for a day of Victorian fun in August.

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Ironbridge Gorge museums say thank you to coronavirus heroes with free entry


NHS, care and emergency workers and their families are to be given free entry to the Ironbridge Gorge museums as a special thank you for their work during the coronavirus lockdown.

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Museum reopening wins praise from visitors


The reopening of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums has been given an overwhelming thumbs up by the first visitors to the site.

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Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust awarded £500,000 by Arts Council England


The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust has been awarded £500,000 by Arts Council England to help it recover from the coronavirus lockdown.

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Reopening Hailed a Success


The reopening of Shropshire’s leading museums has been hailed a huge success after thousands of people enjoyed an unforgettable weekend out as lockdown restrictions were eased.The Ironbridge Gorge…

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Final Touches in Place Ready for Reopening


Final touches in place as Ironbridge Gorge Museums get ready to reopenThe finishing touches were today being made to Shropshire’s premier tourist attraction as it prepared to reopen for the first…

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Museums are 'Good To Go'


The Ironbridge Gorge Museums awarded Good To Go statusThe Ironbridge Gorge Museums are Good To Go – and that’s official.The museums – which start to reopen from Saturday after a three-month lockdown…

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Return to classroom at Blists Hill


The reopening of Shropshire’s leading museum will give families the chance to enjoy a fantastic educational day out – and shake off lockdown lethargy with a return to the classroom.Justin Tose,…

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Dogs Welcome at Blists Hill Victorian Town


Reopened Victorian town just purrfect for petsDog owners are being urged to give their pets a real treat – by spending a day out with them at the world-famous Blists Hill Victorian Town.Blists Hill…

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Countdown on to Museums Reopening


Countdown on to The Ironbridge Gorge Museums ReopeningThe countdown is on to the reopening of the region’s biggest tourist attractions – and it’s already shaping up to be a massive success.The first…

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The Ironbridge Gorge Museums to reopen on 4 July


The world-famous Ironbridge Gorge museums will start to reopen their doors for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown on July 4, it was announced today.The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust says…

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Furnace Kitchen Fires Back to Life


The Ironbridge Gorge Museum’s Furnace Kitchen is reopening today (WEDS) – the first of the museum sites to open its doors since the coronavirus lockdown began.The Coalbrookdale restaurant will serve…

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Getting in touch


The museum has made the difficult decision to furlough a large number of the team during this period of extraordinary uncertainty. If you do get in touch with us over the coming weeks we apologise…

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Short-story writing competition


This week marks the first week of home schooling for the majority of families across the nation and finding creative things to do at home has never been more important. To help parents think of…

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Coronavirus Update


The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust latest statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19)UPDATED – 12.30pm, Friday 20 March 2020The safety and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and visitors is our priority, with…

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Meet Guy Rowland - our Tourism Superstar


Guy Rowland – Blists Hill Victorian Town SuperstarPlease enjoy this Q&A with your favourite resident policeman at Blists Hill Victorian Town!Hello Guy, how did you start out at the Ironbridge Gorge…

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Our statement on Coronavirus


COVID-19Our Museums are open as normal, we are alert and following Government advice and will announce any changes here if the advice is updated. We are making contingency plans to ensure we can…

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Curator awarded prestigious fellowship


Shropshire curator awarded fellowship which provides time and resources to boost research

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Free Admission for Shropshire Flood-hit School Kids


Pupils from Shropshire schools - which have been forced to close due to flooding - can enjoy two Ironbridge museums for free for the next two days, after bosses axed entry prices.Bosses at the…

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Do you know a mini genius? We're calling for children aged 5-10 to show off their inventions this February half-term!In celebration of all things science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM),…

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Let Off Steam this February Half Term


Are you looking for that one destination that can provide your kids with an endless amount of activities this February Half Term? Then look no further than our award-winning museums where children…

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Demolition of the Cooling Towers


On Friday 6 December, the Cooling Towers at the former Ironbridge Power Station will be demolished.

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Exciting Events at the Festival of Imagination


Ironbridge Gorge Museums join Festival of Imagination with anExciting array of special events and activities14 – 29 SeptemberThe Ironbridge Gorge Museums will be taking part in this year’s Festival…

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World's Longest Bridge!


The Ironbridge Gorge Museums and ICE world record attempt for Building a model bridge with the longest span. View at Enginuity from 31 AugustThe Ironbridge Gorge Museums, together with the…

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HRH Princess Alexandra opens The Furnace Kitchen


The new Furnace Kitchen has been officially opened by HRH Princess Alexandra.

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Furnace Kitchen Opens 22 July


The Furnace Kitchen at Coalbrookdale opens 22nd JulyVisitors to the Ironbridge Gorge Museums at Coalbrookdale will be able to extend their day at the historic attractions when the new Furnace Kitchen…

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Polar Explorers augmented reality experience


An amazing augmented reality event featuring polar animals!

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‘Green of the Gorge’ Photography Competition


A new photography competition, Green of the Gorge, is being launched by the organisers of the International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) in partnership with the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust.

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40th anniversary Grease outdoor cinema experience


Fans of John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John will be treated to an outdoor screening of the original 1978 Grease film with a difference at Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge on Friday evening, 6 July.

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'Feast' Street Food & Drink Festival


‘Feast’ First Street Food and Drink Festival at EnginuitySaturday 5 May 2018Fancy eating out somewhere a bit different? Do you and your other-half enjoy different types of food? If so come along to…

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Schooling Good Taste - Free Exhibition at The Coalbrookdale Gallery


A new free exhibition exploring the story of the Coalbrookdale School of Art, the artists and the artwork that came out of the school.

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Easter School Holidays - Activities & Days Out at Ironbridge


Easter school holiday activities at Ironbridge Museums

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International Garden Photographer of the Year Exhibition


International Garden Photographer of the Year Exhibition returns to Ironbridge Gorge Museums Fusion Gallery, Jackfield Tile Museum 3 May – 17 September 2018The stunning, free entry, International…

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The Annual Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival - 5 to 13 May


The annual Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival, 5 - 13 May, is offering 53 FREE guided walks around the World Heritage Site

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The Man Engine is Coming to Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge


The colossal engineering miracle ‘Man Engine’ will be coming to Blists Hill Victorian Town on 14 April 2018

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Twixmas Opening at Ironbridge Gorge Museums


For a fun day out during the Twixmas festive period go along to the Ironbridge Gorge Museums.

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Bedlam Furnaces, one of the most important industrial monuments in the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, has been taken off Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register.

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Mrs Beeton's Christmas with Dr Annie Gray


Food historian and TV & radio presenter Dr Annie Gray will be giving a festive-themed talk looking at Christmas in mid-Victorian times through the eyes of Isabella Beeton.

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Museum features on BBC Two’s ‘The Sweet Makers: A Victorian Treat’


Blists Hill Victorian Town is the star location for the final episode of a BBC Two food history programme

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1940s Supper & Song Evening


Step back in time and come along to a nostalgic 1940s themed Supper and Song evening.

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Vote for Ironbridge


Great news! We have reached the finals of the National Lottery Awards 2017

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Ironbridge Steampunk Festival


Steampunks and their friends are invited to Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge over the weekend of 1 & 2 July for its first ever Steampunk Festival.

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Launch of the Art of The Community Exhibition


The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017 and is marking this golden milestone with an exhibition of works of art inspired by the 10 Ironbridge museums, all created by members of the local community.

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50th Anniversary Lecture


Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust 50th anniversary lectureBy Sir David Pepper, former Director General of GCHQThursday 15th June, 7pmAs part of the 50th anniversary celebrations marking the founding of…

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Museum Secures £1m National Lottery Grant


The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust in Shropshire has been awarded a £1 million National Lottery grant via the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help protect some of the most significant industrial heritage in the world by building an endowment.

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Heroes of History Activities for May Half-term


Discover more about your favourite heroes of history, engineering and sport during the spring half term, 27 May – 4 June

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