Heritage & Story of The Gorge

‘The leaves soak-up the energy. The trees fall and turn to coal. Coal is solid sunlight, the stored memory of millions of uninhabited summers. Then one day, in Coalbrookdale, someone opens a hole in the ground and all that stored energy comes pouring out and is consumed in furnaces, engines, motors.’ Danny Boyle

A small riverside town in rural Shropshire seems an unlikely setting for the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. But the unique and natural environment formed during the Ice Age when the original flow of the River Severn was diverted and formed the now famous Ironbridge Gorge exposed vital ingredients of layers of limestone, coal, ironstone and clay. It took a man of great vision and imagination in the shape of Abraham Darby I , to put all of these vital ingredients together; he was the first, in 1709, to master major innovations in smelting iron with coke, which resulted in the production of better quality iron which in turn led to his grandson Abraham Darby III overseeing the building of the first ever cast-Iron Bridge. 

Watch this space for a full online programme of Ironbridge Coracle Making Heritage from the Ironbridge Coracle Trust as well as ‘back by popular demand’ an online version of our famous “Blist Hill Fish & Chip Walk with Q&A’ . All on our new for 2020 Festival TV page.

Coracle Stories Art Exhibition

Coracle Stories Art Exhibition

Category: Art & Artists, Environment & The River Severn, Heritage & Story of the Gorge, Skills & Crafts

Date & Time: 09:00 - 15:00 on Thu 23 Sep 2021

Venue: The New Coracle Shed

Tickets: Free Entry

Partner: Coracle Shed, Ironbridge Coracle Trust

Artwork by local artists inspired by the Coracle Stories of the Ironbridge Coracle Men.
Part of the Secret Severn Art Trail display continues throughout the Festival of Imagination.
The New Coracle Shed and its displays open to view daily 9am - 3pm until 26th September.

Walk, Talk and Fish Supper at Blists Hill Victorian Town

Walk, Talk and Fish Supper at Blists Hill Victorian Town

Category: Heritage & Story of the Gorge, Skills & Crafts, Words & Wordsmiths

Date & Time: 17:30 - 20:00 on Thu 23 Sep 2021

Venue: Blists Hill Museum

Partner: The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust

An evening stroll through Blists Hill Victorian Town with short talks on ecology, mineral content, social history and restoration of the Tub Boat and Ice Breaker all rounded off with a Fish & Chip Supper (included in the price). The New inn Public House will be open for a well earned drink.
Come dressed for all weathers and wear sensible walking shoes.
Access to site is off the first level car park. Parking charges apply at Blists Hill Victorian Town, pay on exit.
Must be pre-booked.

Coracle Stories Art Exhibition

Coracle Stories Art Exhibition

Category: Art & Artists, Environment & The River Severn, Heritage & Story of the Gorge, Skills & Crafts

Date & Time: 09:00 - 15:00 on Fri 24 Sep 2021

Venue: The New Coracle Shed

Tickets: Free Entry

Partner: Coracle Shed, Ironbridge Coracle Trust

Artwork by local artists inspired by the Coracle Stories of the Ironbridge Coracle Men.
Part of the Secret Severn Art Trail display continues throughout the Festival of Imagination.
The New Coracle Shed and its displays open to view daily 9am - 3pm until 26th September.

Walk the gorge: Walk Number 09 - Buildwas Abbey - 7 miles (~4hrs)

Walk the gorge: Walk Number 09 - Buildwas Abbey - 7 miles (~4hrs)

Category: Heritage & Story of the Gorge, Walks & Trails

Date & Time: 10:00 - 14:00 on Fri 24 Sep 2021

Venue: The Iron Bridge Tollhouse

Tickets: Free Entry

Partner: Ironbridge Walking Group

Meeting at Ironbridge Toll House TF8 7JP Grid Ref SJ 672033 10.00 a.m. ( 4hrs )
From the Toll House, we follow the line of the old railway before climbing out of the gorge, through the woods, on The Shropshire Way. We skirt around the site of the old power station, dropping through Banghams Wood to Buildwas Abbey. After exploring the remains of this 12th Century Cistercian Abbey, we follow the Severn Way along the river, back towards Ironbridge, leaving the river to climb up over Strethill, with far reaching views. This takes us to Coalbrookdale, through the old arboretum and past the Quaker Burial Ground. We reach Rough Park via part of the Sabbath Walks, then cross The Beeches Nature Reserve, before dropping back through the town to the Ironbridge. Stiles and can be muddy in places.

Walk leader: Jane Warman
Duration: 4 hours
Length: 7 miles
Grade: ▲▲▲

Parking at Station Yard Car Park (Pay & Display)

Coracle Stories Art Exhibition

Coracle Stories Art Exhibition

Category: Art & Artists, Environment & The River Severn, Heritage & Story of the Gorge, Skills & Crafts

Date & Time: 09:00 - 15:00 on Sat 25 Sep 2021

Venue: The New Coracle Shed

Tickets: Free Entry

Partner: Coracle Shed, Ironbridge Coracle Trust

Artwork by local artists inspired by the Coracle Stories of the Ironbridge Coracle Men.
Part of the Secret Severn Art Trail display continues throughout the Festival of Imagination.
The New Coracle Shed and its displays open to view daily 9am - 3pm until 26th September.

Adventures in Art Art Course for Beginners

Adventures in Art Art Course for Beginners

Category: Art & Artists, Heritage & Story of the Gorge, Skills & Crafts

Date & Time: 10:00 - 16:00 on Sat 25 Sep 2021 to Sun 26 Sep 2021

Venue: Jackfield Tile Museum

Partner: The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust

A two day drawing workshop for beginner artists. Run by experienced artists with a background in teaching, this workshop will take you through some fun and relaxed drawing exercises to build your confidence. We will use Jackfield Tile Museum as the inspiration for your work, as well as the surrounding area. There will be a chance to look in depth at the tile collection, including some of the collection which is not on public display. The weekend will culminate in a tube line workshop, where you can transfer your work onto a tile, which will be fired for you to collect if you live nearby, or posted out to you (+ £4.94 P&P).
All equipment and materials are provided.
Lunch is not provided but there is a café on site for drinks and snacks which is open from 11am - 5pm
Age limit 14+. Under 16s require a signed consent form from a parent or guardian.
Parking charges apply at Jackfield Tile Museum, pay on exit. Booking Essential

Coracle Stories Art Exhibition

Coracle Stories Art Exhibition

Category: Art & Artists, Environment & The River Severn, Heritage & Story of the Gorge, Skills & Crafts

Date & Time: 09:00 - 15:00 on Sun 26 Sep 2021

Venue: The New Coracle Shed

Tickets: Free Entry

Partner: Coracle Shed, Ironbridge Coracle Trust

Artwork by local artists inspired by the Coracle Stories of the Ironbridge Coracle Men.
Part of the Secret Severn Art Trail display continues throughout the Festival of Imagination.
The New Coracle Shed and its displays open to view daily 9am - 3pm until 26th September.

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