The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust

Museum of Iron,how Coalbrookdale Changed the World

The redeveloped Museum of Iron will be the catalyst for the reinterpretation of the iconic industrial landscape that exists at Coalbrookdale and through this project we will seek to explain the global significance of the World Heritage Site from its origins to the present day and beyond

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2012 to 5:00 PM, 19 December 2012


Registered Charity in England and Wales (503717)

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In 1709, Coalbrookdale was the place where Abraham Darby first began smelting iron using coke as a fuel instead of charcoal. The innovations & cycles of industrial development that radiated out from this event have changed every aspect of how people live, work & communicate across the globe. Our overall aim is to significantly improve our education facilities for schools & groups & to help visitors of all ages better understand the world-changing importance of Coalbrookdale & the story of iron.


The project will make a number of significant improvements to the spaces within the Museum & improve access to the Trust’s Designated Collections. The Great Warehouse that houses the Museum is a very beautiful building & through the project we will make the building a more integral part of the overall visitor experience. We will also create for the first time a dedicated education/learning space within the Museum.