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Fundraising Blog

A day at the races - save the date and help support our £1m fundraising campaign

Wow! What an honour! We have had some great news which is going to play a big part in our £1m fundraising efforts. Ludlow Racecourse has named us as the beneficiary of its Ludlow Charity Race Day on Wednesday, March 18 - and we want you to be part of it.

It’s all very exciting and we are extremely grateful to the racecourse for naming us as their charity beneficiary. We are now asking people to save the date, go along on the day, have a great time and help us with our fundraising campaign.

It’s all in a good cause

Money raised from the day will help fund our heritage conservation and education programmes and our Fund for the Future appeal, helping us to preserve and protect our heritage buildings and ancient monuments.

Fund for the Future is trying to raise £1m by next year’s deadline when any money raised by us up to a maximum £1m will be match-funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund through money raised from people playing the National Lottery.

We are edging ever-nearer to our fundraising deadline and it’s important for us to raise as much money as possible before then to take full advantage of the Lottery Heritage Fund grant.

The Ludlow event will be a major event for us and we are really looking forward to meeting racing fans on the day to explain about the campaign and the work of the trust.

The race day will include:

  • A three-course lunch
  • Champagne raffle
  • Silent auction
  • Live auction

Tickets are priced at £75 per head with tables of 10 or individual tickets available and we also have some exciting sponsorship opportunities:

  • A £5,000 sponsorship of the live auction
  • £1,500 sponsorship of the Champagne raffle
  • Full and half page race day programme adverts.

Ludlow races are always a great day out - an occasion to remember and we would love to see you there, helping us edge closer to our fundraising goals.

To book a table, enquire about sponsorship opportunities and find out about what you get for your sponsorship, please email or call 01952 435 900. For more about Fund for the Future, visit


Previous blog posts are below

Over the moon with special night

It promises to be an occasion to remember with lots going on to entertain our guests and we can now reveal poet and professional boxer Matt Windle will be our presenter and Dr Peter Borg-Bartolo, Vice-Chairman of the Lunar Society, is the guest speaker for the evening.

Guests will be dining at Enginuity in the shadow of the Museum of the Moon exhibition, measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface.

There will be an auction with some wonderful prizes and the aim of the night is to raise much-needed cash towards our £1m target by 2021 to take advantage of match-funding to secure the heritage of Ironbridge for future generations.

Every pound raised by Fund for the Future will be match-funded up to a maximum £1m by a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund through money raised by people playing the National Lottery.

Matt Windle was Birmingham Poet Laureate between 2016 and 2018 and combines his passion for poetry with a career as a super flyweight boxer who has enjoyed success at a very high level. Matt delivers workshops, performances and poetry-boxercise to a wide variety of groups and organisations.

Dr Peter Borg-Bartolo is a retired GP with a keen interest in the architecture and industry heritage of Birmingham. He plays an active role in the Lunar Society which brings together business people, entrepreneurs and other professionals to discuss the social, ethical and political life in Birmingham.

We are delighted Peter and Matt have agreed to come along and help us mark this memorable occasion. Part of the evening will take the form of a silent auction and run by Jumblebee, where guests get to bid for lots on iPads.

Our Ironbridge by Moonlight dinner will be an evening of celebration within the centre of historic industrial innovation in the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site and the event will also include a champagne reception, sponsored by FBC Manby Bowdler, a three-course dinner and raffle.


At the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust we have the opportunity to secure the future of some of the world’s most important industrial heritage buildings - and we need your help to do it.

We’re thrilled to have been awarded a £1 million Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant, which will be used to create an endowment fund.

As it’s a match-funded grant we need to match it pound for pound and have until 2021 to raise £1 million ourselves.

The endowment will be used to conserve sites across the Coalbrookdale area, including Darby’s Old Furnace, where iron was first smelted using coke by Abraham Darby, the Quaker Burial Ground, Arboretum, Darby Houses and Coalbrookdale Company’s Warehouses.

With your support, our Fund for the Future will allow us to conserve these precious buildings. It will enable us to improve access and interpretation for our thousands of visitors and will create a better understanding of the global significance of our sites.

The fund is the first part of a larger plan to raise £15 million to develop and conserve the Coalbrookdale area of Ironbridge Gorge for future generations of visitors, given its importance across the globe.

The Gorge is widely considered the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and is a World Heritage Site.

The Ironbridge museums attract around half a million people each year, but many of those don’t realise the sites are run by an independent education and heritage conservation charity and all profits are reinvested.

While this money is ploughed into the day-to-day running of the buildings, the fund is needed to ensure we can keep these specific buildings in good condition for future visitors, as well as creating better access for the public and putting measures in place to improve the public’s understanding of the global significance of the sites.

To help support the fund, you can donate online - we’ll also be keeping you up to date on all the ways you can get involved through this blog and our Facebook page.

2 August 2018


As the saying goes - children are our future. In the Ironbridge Gorge, they’re our past too, as they were often found working on construction sites, as chimney sweeps and in various other roles throughout the Industrial Revolution.

Because the youngest generation have always had a key role in the buildings of Coalbrookdale, we wanted to find a way for them to become involved in our Fund for the Future fundraising effort.

We’re in the middle of raising £1 million before 2021 which will then be match funded with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

All the money will go towards conserving buildings including Abraham Darby’s Old Furnace where he first smelted iron using coke, maintaining and repairing them as well as improving public access and knowledge about the sites.

Thousands of children visit and enjoy Ironbridge every year so to get them involved in the fundraiser, we’re asking them to ‘Live like a Victorian’ and get some sponsorship for doing so.

While we’re not suggesting they should be forced to work for 16 hours a day like children in the day were, the idea is to get them involved in some of their chores their Victorian ancestors would have done like making beds and washing clothes.

As a thank you for raising money, we’ll give them a special badge to acknowledge their help in conserving the globally-significant sites, and the top three fundraisers will receive a child’s Annual Passport Ticket giving them free entry into any of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust sites for a whole year*.

We think it’s extremely important for the youngsters of today to become involved in the fund, especially as in the future they’ll be the ones looking after the buildings as well as the stories of those who worked inside them.

When the buildings were in use, children could be found working within almost every industry, so it’s only fitting that we get the children of the 21st century involved in conserving them.

The closing date for 'Live like a Victorian' donations is Friday 19 October.

To see what else you can get involved in right now visit or to donate click on

* Only valid when accompanied by a paying adult.

6 August 2018


The Ironbridge Gorge Museums is one of the most visited tourist attractions in England - and this is something that we are very proud of.

But the fact that we attract hundreds of thousands of visitors every year to our 10 museum sites is no surprise to those that have seen what the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust has to offer.

Coalbrookdale is a tributary valley to the River Severn, which, thanks to the coalfield, the river and the vision of Abraham Darby, first sparked the early Industrial Revolution, then a century later, became the heart of mass production.

Over the river stretches the Iron Bridge, constructed between 1777 and 1781- the first major bridge in the world to be made of cast iron.

And 10 wonderful museums along the river in Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge Gorge and the former mining settlement of Blists Hill – now a living museum which has become a firm favourite for children and adults across the board. All our museums tell the story of the remarkable events that took place in this World Heritage site 300 years ago.

Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust marked its 50th anniversary in 2017 and we expect hundreds of thousands more visitors to visit our museums over the next 50 years - so it is extremely important that we work now to conserve our precious heritage assets for future generations.

As a Trust we have been awarded a £1 million National Lottery grant via the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help protect what is some of the most significant industrial heritage in the world.

The grant is a match funding scheme and we need to raise another £1million to match this by 2021 to take full advantage of the grant.

The race is on and we need people to get behind our £1 million fundraising campaign. You can help by contributing your £1 to our Fund for the Future and then this will be doubled by HLF.

The endowment will create an annual income which will be used to conserve some of the most important industrial heritage in the world including the Old Furnace, Quaker Burial Ground, an arboretum, the Darby Houses and the Coalbrookdale Company’s Warehouse.

It will enable us to improve access and interpretation for our thousands of visitors and will create a better understanding of the global significance of our museum sites.

The long-term goal for the Trust is to raise a total of £15 million to invest in the Coalbrookdale area.

There are all sorts of ways that the people of Shropshire and beyond can help - from corporate sponsorship and fundraising to fancy dress runs, children’s’ activities’ and more.

To see what you can get involved in right now visit

To donate to the campaign visit

8 August 2018


This month we launched our Fund for the Future campaign and called on businesses and the public, across Shropshire and beyond, to help us raise the funds needed to secure the future of some of the key monuments within the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site.

And now we want to tell you all about what it is you will be helping to conserve…..

 As you may know, it was the achievements of pioneering industrialists including Abraham Darby, William Reynolds and John Wilkinson that led to the Ironbridge Gorge becoming, by the close of the 18th century, the most technologically advanced area in the world.

And now it is one of the UK’s top tourist attractions with 10 museums for visitors to tour and find out about the history of this amazing town.

We are going start with Coalbrookdale.

The early industrial landscape of Coalbrookdale is internationally significant, as it is where Abraham Darby I first smelted iron using coke (heated coal) rather than charcoal (heated wood).

Darby’s Old Furnace, where this took place, is one of the key sites that will benefit from the money raised as part of Fund for the Future, along with nearby buildings such as the Darby Houses, Coalbrookdale Company’s Warehouses, the Quaker Burial Ground and Arboretum.

The site hosts the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron and Enginuity in former company warehouses and visitors can see the Boy and the Swan fountain, cast by the Coalbrookdale Company for the Great Exhibition of 1851 - the first in a series of World Fairs (exhibitions of culture and industry).

And of course the Coalbrookdale site is also home to the wonderful Darby houses, where the Darby family lived and thrived.

But we will tell you more about those in our next blog…..

13 August 2018


If your business is based in Shropshire then the chances are you’ll have paid a visit to the Ironbridge Gorge.

You may have visited our museums and enjoyed fun days out with family and friends - but have you ever stopped to think about how Ironbridge put the area on the map when it became the Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution nearly 300 years ago?

Without those people who began exploring new ways to manufacture, the world as we know it would be a very different place.

There are many buildings within Ironbridge which need conserving due to their global importance, and that’s why we’ve launched our Fund for the Future with the aim of raising £1 million in the next three years, which will unlock a further £1 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

And we need your help to do it. 

There are so many thriving companies within the area so we know with them on board we’ll be able to reach our aim much more easily - and that’s why we’ve launched our Business Bridge networking group.

The group will meet for the first time at 5pm on Thursday, September 27th, at Coalbrookdale and then every two months at various venues in the area to showcase some of our iconic buildings.

The idea is to highlight to our members the importance of the assets we run (and just how many heritage sites we’re responsible for) as well as how the £1 million will be used.

We’ll be putting the money towards specialist conservation work on a number of sites including Abraham Darby’s Old Furnace, the Quaker Burial Ground, the Coalbrookdale Company’s Warehouses, Enginuity and the Darby Houses - all of which the Business Bridge members will have the chance to find out more about.

For more information about how to get involved with the new networking group and the Fund for the Future campaign, visit 

To donate online, visit

To donate to the Fund for the Future click here.

29 August 2018


This week is Remember a Charity in Your Will Week and as part of our work to raise the profile of Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust’s charitable work we have joined up with Corporate Patron FBC Manby Bowdler to raise awareness of the importance of legacy giving to the charity sector.

As Remember a Charity week continues, now might be the time you’re thinking of drafting or updating your Will to include a gift to your favourite charity.

While 35 per cent of people say they would leave a legacy to charity in their Will, only seven per cent actually do (nfp Synergy – Facts and Figures: Legacies for Charities).

Supporting a charity is a very personal decision and it’s important to balance charitable giving with first making provision for your family and loved ones in your Will.

There are a number of options open if you want to remember a charity in your Will including leaving a cash gift or donating a percentage of what remains of your estate once all other costs and gifts have been made. Our Patrons, FBC Manby Bowdler can help you should this be something that you are considering. Click here for further information.   

If you leave a legacy in your Will, then it won't count towards the total taxable value of your estate. If you leave at least 10 per cent of your 'net estate' to a charity, it reduces the inheritance tax rate on the remainder of your estate from 40 per cent to 36 per cent.

* If you would like to discuss leaving a gift to Ironbridge Gorge Museum in your Will, please contact our Director of Museum Development on 01952 435900 or by email

13 September 2018


Businesses signed up to our 1,000 Builders Campaign will have their very own plaque laid at a special ceremony next month - and we are urging anyone wanting to join them to pledge their support now ahead of a March 22nd deadline.

The campaign is part of our Fund for the Future programme which aims to raise £1m within the next two years so we can take advantage of match funding in the form of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Our 1,000 Builders Campaign is specifically targeted at businesses and is aimed at 1,000 companies pledging £1,000 over a three-year period, £400 in the first year and £300 in the second and third.

The first plaque-laying ceremony will take place on April 3 when our ‘founder builders’ will be recognised officially by having their own iron plaque with company name etched on it, and made in the foundry at Blists Hill, laid in the grounds of Enginuity car park.

Plaques need to be created in advance so we are setting a deadline of March 22 for any business to sign up if they want to be part of the first plaque-laying event.

Further events will be held as more companies sign up to the programme in future but being first is always special and time is short if people want to be part of the inaugural ceremony.

We have a tight deadline to raise the £1m which will help us to secure our important buildings and monuments for future generations to enjoy.

This fundraising campaign is vital to achieve that and it’s important for companies to realise it isn’t just about making a donation - it is such a valuable contribution that will ensure our history is preserved for all those people who come after us.

Ironbridge has a special place in history and anyone supporting our fundraising campaign is investing in the site of the first Industrial Revolution with a view to it still being here in the fourth Industrial Revolution and beyond, as part of our globally important heritage site.

The plaque-laying on April 3 will take place at 9.45am as part of the regular Business Bridge series of meetings sponsored by FBC Manby Bowdler solicitors. Guest speakers will be the firm’s Stuart Rea and Graham Fuller who will be giving an update on the current issues facing family businesses and providing top tips for asset protection and succession planning.

You can find out more about becoming one of our 1,000 builders here or contact Saffron Buckle on for more information.


Our 1,000 Builders Campaign is. . .well, building nicely and if you haven’t already thought about signing up we would like you to take a moment and consider helping us in our £1m quest.

This total needs to be raised before a deadline of 2021 in order for us to take advantage of a match-funding grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The money will be used to safeguard and secure the heritage of Coalbrookdale into the future - so it’s a truly wonderful cause.

Today we would like to tell you the latest name to sign up to our campaign - an organisation which has been in existence for more than 700 years, so we have a rich history in common!

The Worshipful Company of Carpenters, a City of London Livery Company, has pledged its support to the 1,000 Builders Campaign - part of our Fund for the Future programme.

This campaign has a goal of getting 1,000 businesses and other organisations to donate £1,000 before the deadline expires. The founder builders, the first businesses to sign up to the scheme, had their names etched in iron on plaques and laid in an inaugural ceremony last month.

The campaign is gathering momentum and the Trust is delighted with the latest ‘builder’ to pledge its support.

The Worshipful Company of Carpenters is well known for its support to charitable institutions and the craft of woodworking through the Building Crafts College, scholarships and competitions.

We are extremely grateful for the donation which is helping us in the mammoth challenge we are facing. It is vitally important that we do all we can to raise this total so we can take full advantage of the match-funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Every pound we raise will be doubled so any amount donated is vital for our cause and we would dearly love to get the full sum available to us so we will be in the best position possible to protect and maintain our heritage into the future.

The Trust is keen to hear from other businesses, groups, organisations or individuals who would like to donate. The 1,000 Builders Campaign is aimed particularly at businesses and we thank all those who have so far joined the scheme.

The pledge is for £1,000 which can be broken down into a £500 payment now and £500 next year - ahead of the 2021 deadline. Anyone taking part in the scheme will have their own plaque etched in iron and laid to mark their contribution at future plaque laying events.


A Shropshire insurance broker is the latest business to back our Fund for the Future campaign to help preserve some of Ironbridge’s most renowned attractions.

Henshalls has signed up to the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust’s 1,000 Builders fundraising appeal that aims to raise £1 million by March 2021.


The initiative invites local companies to donate £1,000 each and every donation will be doubled by a grant from the Lottery Players National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The donations will go directly to secure the long-term maintenance and conservation of heritage assets in the Ironbridge Gorge, including Abraham Darby’s Old Furnace.

Mark Freeman, Managing Director of Henshalls, which has offices in Newport and Shrewsbury, said the firm was always keen to support local organisations and campaigns.

“The Ironbridge Gorge was the birthplace of the first Industrial Revolution, and it’s vital that as a community we all work towards protecting the treasures that make up this incredible World Heritage site.

“As a company, Henshalls has been at the heart of the local community for over 50 years, and we’re delighted to have been able to play a small part in contributing to this important cause.”

The 1,000 Builders appeal has been set up to ensure that the area’s industrial heritage is conserved to help inspire the entrepreneurs of the future.

Adam Siviter, Fundraising Manager at The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, said: “By getting involved and supporting 1,000 Builders, companies are helping us to celebrate the pioneering and world-changing achievements of our industrial forefathers.”

The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust is a heritage conservation and education charity that cares for and preserves the rich industrial heritage of the Ironbridge Gorge, as well as educating over 500,000 visitors per year at the charity’s 10 award-winning museums.

To find out more about the appeal click here.

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