Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron

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Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron

Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron
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Ian C
London, UK23,985 contributions
A fascinating piece of English industrial history
Oct 2020
Abraham Derby I transformed the cast iron industry when he perfected the smelting of iron with coke rather than charcoal The remains of his blast furnace of 1709 still exist in Coalbrookdale alongside the new Museum of Iron in the old 1838 warehouse which celebrates the individuals who made this area 'the birthplace of the industrial revolution' in England plus the products of the famous Coalbrookdale Company which are still to be found all over England, having started from creating cooking pots from 1709. The displays include the gold medal presented by the Royal Academy in 1787 for the wooden model of the Iron Bridge, also on show, and ends with a couple of Agas, which are made in Coalbrookdale today. It shows how designers created many useful objects that we still see in our towns and cities today and also some very strange objects such as a dining room table held up by dogs. A fascinating museum telling the story of how Coalbrookdale changed the world, and there is a good shop and a popular coffeeshop/restaurant in an adjacent building. There is a link to Scotland, with a lamp from the Carron Works in Falkirk - in its day one of the largest ironworks in Europe, whose achievements are in need of similar recognition to the works at Coalbrookdale
Written November 9, 2020
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Steve-and-Andie
Lancaster, UK2,906 contributions
History first hand
Sep 2020 • Couples
Interesting museum with plenty to see showing the development of iron making from ancient times through the early railways to steamships. The remains of a blast furnace are also housed in a modern building. Cafe, gift shop and well maintained toilets also on site. There is a charge for parking but was not in use when we visited.
Written September 25, 2020
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georginat
London, UK14 contributions
Interesting and explained the local ruins / landscape
Sep 2020 • Friends
The museum had well set out exhibits including working models explaining how the ruins we had seen worked as industrial sites.
Written September 12, 2020
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Bruce S
Nottingham, UK152 contributions
Interesting.
Aug 2020
Went for a visit just to see what was here really. This is a really good museum all about the history of iron and also gives an insight into the area as well as the bridge in Ironbridge. Definitely worth a visit to find out more rather than just see the sights and sites. Definitely not a place for small children.
Written August 23, 2020
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kevin w
Winchester,20 contributions
Good presentations
Mar 2020
Visited as part of Ironbridges museum ticket. On that basis it is seen as good value. Well presented displays. Good cafeteria on site.
Written March 13, 2020
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Ian S
Kettering, UK679 contributions
Iron mad!
Jan 2020 • Couples
Museum of Iron with interesting artefacts and examples of goods made from Iron. Lots about the manufacturers too so quite interesting. Took us about an hour to explore here on a cold wet day! The restaurant adjacent was really nice and we thoroughly enjoyed lunch there
Written January 14, 2020
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Andrew
Tetbury, UK163 contributions
Fascinating
Oct 2019
The old furnace is wonderfully housed in a beautiful modern structure. The walk around facilitates a great learning opportunity, with simple information. I am always amazed at the growth of the industrial revolution and here is the centrenof it. So glad I finally got here - may well come back to see more as there is so much.
Written November 9, 2019
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christine b
Fordingbridge, UK1,266 contributions
Excellent visit & tour with guide
Oct 2019
I was lucky enough to arrive just as a guide was about to start. This made it so much more interesting & put things into perspective for me. If I had been doing a 'self tour', I don't think I'd have understood things as well. The museum is well laid out. Parking is close by (although you do have to pay extra). The cafe was very nice. It was an excellent visit.
Written October 31, 2019
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Christine S
Derbyshire, UK90 contributions
10,000 years of history in one hour
Oct 2019
We were lucky to arrive just as the volunteer guide, Martin, was about to start a tour of the site, and he really brought it to life, with his knowledge, clear delivery, and the way he was able to engage with all the group. It is a very large site, and without a guide might have seemed rather lifeless, but he told us the ancient history of how the gorge developed, and why the iron works were there. It was fascinating to hear about Abraham Darby and his family, who took iron technology to new levels and cared for their workers. After the tour, the visit to the museum itself let us see how cast iron developed into decorative arts. Well worth a visit.
Written October 11, 2019
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claire s
129 contributions
Very informative!!
Sep 2019
This was the first Museum we visited on our trip and bought annual passes for myself and my husband ( we forgot to mention that we are English Heritage Members as we would have got a discount but it didnt matter). The Museum is full of iron exhibits as it is the birthplace of the industrial revolution and there is so much to see and read. They have a shop selling lovely gifts/souvenirs. Staff are lovely and friendly. There was also a building containing the furnace etc with more information. The furnace was known for smelting iron using coke not charcoal by Abraham Darby. There is a large diner there but we didnt have time to visit.
Written October 4, 2019
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