The Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron has opened after a six-month redevelopment, revealing how the remarkable events that happened in this part of Shropshire changed the world forever. Situated in the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, the revamped attraction forms the centrepiece of celebrations marking 50 years of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust.
The museum takes visitors on a journey through time, exploring how Coalbrookdale became the centre of the 4,000-year-old story of iron. Gillian Crumpton, curator of the exhibition, said, “The Iron Bridge may be Coalbrookdale’s most recognised and inspirational structure, and the story of how events here went on to change the world is a compelling one.
“Buildings, wars, transport and trade are all shaped by the innovations of 1709 and the world that iron built. This new museum tells that story, setting the amazing industrial innovations that began here, in their historical context.”
For more information visit http://www.ironbridge.org.uk