Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust

Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust

Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust

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Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust is an industrial heritage organisation which runs ten museums and manages 35 historic sites within the Ironbridge Gorge in Shropshire, England, widely considered as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.

Located at Ironbridge, Coalbrookdale and Broseley on the River Severn, the area is a World Heritage Site and an anchor point of the European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH).


The ten museum sites run by the Trust, collectively known as the Ironbridge Gorge Museums are:

  1. Blists Hill Victorian Town, including the Hay Inclined Plane
  2. Broseley Pipeworks
  3. Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron
  4. Coalport China Museum
  5. Coalport Tar Tunnel
  6. Darby Houses
  7. Enginuity
  8. Iron Bridge and Tollhouse
  9. Jackfield Tile Museum
  10. Museum of the Gorge

Also associated with the ten Trust museums are the Mews Craft Centre at Jackfield and the Merrythought museum at Dale End.

The Trust

Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust was established in 1967 to preserve and interpret the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in the Ironbridge Gorge. It is an independent educational charity.

Its present CEO is Steve Miller, who took over from Glen Lawes in 2007. Previous CEOs have included Stuart Smith and Sir Neil Cossons, both well-respected experts on industrial history and archaeology.

The museum staff manage 35 historic sites within the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, including ten museums. The sites...
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