The race is on for the people of Shropshire to get behind a £1m fundraising campaign to ensure historic buildings and monuments in the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site are secured for future generations – but the money must be raised in just three years.
A figure of up to £1m has been secured through a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, but the fundraising team now needs to match this by another £1m by the 2021 deadline to take full advantage of the grant. The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust today invited the people and businesses of Shropshire to rally behind the Fund for the Future campaign to support the Trust in reaching the target. Anna Brennand, the Trust’s CEO, says, “The long-term goal is to raise a £15m Fund for the Future endowment for the conservation of some of the most important industrial heritage in the world.
“It’s a huge task and a lot of money but we are ready for the challenge. We hope Shropshire residents, visitors and businesses will support our campaign.”