As part of it 50th anniversary celebrations, the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust has completely refurbished the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron. We were invited along to take a look. The refurbishment is the first phase of the Trust’s 10-year master plan for the future of the Ironbridge Gorge museums. We’d been to the Museum of Iron before and were keen to see what had changed.
H enjoyed learning about rocks in the first room of the museum. He was able to handle the type of rocks that had made the area the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. He examined coal and iron ore under a magnifying screen.
Then we went up to the top floor to learn about how iron has been used by mankind through the ages. Humanity has been using iron for thousands of years and it was interesting to find out about early blast furnaces to trace the technological developments that led to iron being used on an industrial scale. As you can see the museum is light and bright inside and they have added some interactive features.
We got to see lots of items that have been made with iron over the ages. Some were very well-known and quite familiar. But, others were more unusual like this magnificent Deerhound Iron Table which is quite spectacular.
The Museum of Iron is interesting and educational, but it’s not somewhere to spend the whole day. We went round there first and then went onto neighbouring Enginuity which is a very interactive science museum, which H loves visiting. You can also easily combine it with a visit to the Darby Houses. There isn’t a cafe on site, but we had sandwiches from the van parked in the Enginuity courtyard and sat outside as it was a nice day. There are plenty of places to eat in Ironbridge itself if you want more choice.