21 Jun 2017 - Civic Lunch
21 Jun 2017 - City Walk
21 Jun 2017 - Ironbridge Weekend

Ironbridge Weekend

IronbridgeOn 10 & 11 June the Master attended the Annual Livery visit to Ironbridge

Livery Companies have been coming to the Ironbridge Gorge Museums for over three decades. The tradition was started by the late Sir Peter Gadsden who was Lord Mayor of London 1979-1980. Having grown up in Shropshire, Sir Peter undertook a visit to the county as part of his Mayoral year which included a visit to the Museum where he became fascinated by the story of Ironbridge as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.

He went on to become President of the Museum’s former Development Trust in 1983 and started the Livery Day that year as a one day visit to the Museum on a Saturday in June. This developed over the years and as word spread more Companies started to attend. 

During the weekend, masters are shown the sites and given a flavour of the ten award-winning Museums and the amazing monuments in the UNESCO Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site.

Since the beginning of the Livery Weekends the Livery Companies have donated approximately £500,000 to Ironbridge in cash and in-kind donations.

Donations from Livery Companies have supported many of the museums, projects, developments and education programmes at Ironbridge including:

  • The £12m Development at Blists Hill Victorian Town which opened in 2009
  • The Coalbrookdale Scientific and Literary Institute which is now the YHA Youth Hostel
  • Jackfield Tile Museum
  • Many individual exhibits at Blists Hill
  • Enginuity workshops
  • The Wardrobe Department
  • The Museum of Iron
  • The development and conservation of our Nationally Designated Collections