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This ticket offers daytime admission to all 10 museums for a family of 1 adult + all of their children (aged 5-16 incl). Annual Passport Tickets are valid for 12 months from the date of first use. Plus save 5% online compared to the walk-up price if you buy online in advance.

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This ticket offers daytime admission to all 10 museums for a family of 2 adults + all of their children (aged 5-16 incl). Annual Passport Tickets are valid for 12 months from the date of first use. Plus save 5% online compared to the walk-up price if you buy online in advance.

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Fundraising Blog

If you’ve been reading our blogs recently you’ll know we have launched a campaign to raise £1 million by 2021.

When we reach our target, we’ll be given a further £1 million through a match funded grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

And that money will go towards conserving some of our most important heritage assets and ensuring they’re kept accessible to the public for years to come.

But what are these buildings and why are they of global significance? To help you understand more about them we’ve been shining a light on them in turn once a month through our history blog posts.

You can click here to read about Coalbrookdale and here to read about the Darby Houses - this month’s focus is on the Coalbrookdale Company’s Warehouses.

Since Abraham Darby’s pioneering achievements in 1709, the Coalbrookdale Company had become hugely successful. By 1850 it was the largest ironworks in the world employing around 3000 people and exporting goods all across the globe.

As the Company grew, new buildings were needed, in particular, warehouses to store all their products. Many of the warehouses are still used by the Museum today.

The Great Warehouse, now the Museum of Iron, was built in 1838 to store the Company’s decorative ironware. When Matilda married Abraham Darby IV in 1839, a ball was held in the newly-built warehouse, with a triumphal arch declaring ‘Prosperity to the House of Darby’.

The clock tower was added to the building in 1843, a prominent advert for the Company’s products, and no doubt a reminder to its employees to arrive on time!

Another warehouse was built in 1838-47, this time right next to the river so that goods could be easily transported. Known as the Severn Warehouse, it is now the Museum of the Gorge and a fitting place to discover the history of the Ironbridge Gorge as a whole.

Back at Coalbrookdale is Enginuity, the design and technology centre which is full of interactive exhibits and hands-on activities. It was previously the site of the old engineering workshop, built in 1879, and was reopened as the museum in 2002. Since then visitors have been finding out how to pull a 10-ton locomotive by hand and turn electricity into water. It was also the first museum in the UK to have a Fabrication Lab used to develop new products using state of the art digital manufacturing equipment.

Another warehouse at Coalbrookdale is the Long Warehouse, built between 1883-1902, and now home to the Library & Archives. It has an open front at the lower level because it had railways passing through it, and goods were loaded on to wagons from the floors above.

You can find out more about visiting Enginuity here, (the Museum of the Gorge here, the Library & Archives here?), or the Museum of Iron here. To donate to Fund for the Future, visit or find out more about the Fund here:


Previous blog posts are below


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

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