Ironbridge Gorge Museum celebrates World Heritage Site’s 30th anniversary with free admission for Shropshire and Telford residents on Saturday 19th March

The Ironbridge Gorge Museum is inviting all Telford and Shropshire residents to visit its many sites* for free on Saturday, 19th March 2016 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of UNESCO’s designation of the Ironbridge Gorge as a World Heritage Site.

Everyone planning to visit on this Community Day will need to bring proof of their Telford or Shropshire home address such as a utility bill or similar.

Ironbridge was one of the first seven UK sites to be granted World Heritage status in 1986 in recognition of the area’s unique contribution to the birth of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century, the impact of which was felt across the world. The Museum will be celebrating the 30th anniversary throughout 2016 with a variety of activities and events in partnership with other sites across the UK that were listed during the same year.

You can choose to spend the free day in Victorian England at Blists Hill Victorian Town and explore atmospheric shops, homes and businesses, or admire the magnificent ceramics in Coalport China Museum and savor the best of British tile design at Jackfield Tile Museum.

Families can fuel their imagination at Enginuity and get involved with the huge exciting and interactive exhibits. Test your reaction against the speed of a robot, try pulling a 10 ton steam locomotive by hand or generate electricity from flowing water.

Then walk in the footsteps of ironmasters and visit their former homes, the Darby Houses. See Abraham Darby’s original furnace and find out how the iron made here changed the world at Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron, and learn how industry flourished at the newly redisplayed Museum of The Gorge. A more unusual attraction is the 900-metre Tar Tunnel, where you can don a hard hat and see the bitumen seeping slowly from the rock.

Finally discover the great symbol of the Industrial Revolution as you walk across the world’s first cast Iron Bridge. The perfect place to imagine what life was like around 300 years ago when industrial development began.


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