News & Events
February 1, 2018
Visit Blists Hill Victorian Town in Shropshire over the February half-term break between 17th and 25th February and try your hand at the intaglio printing technique, which was used by the Victorians more than 100 years ago.
The ‘Create Another World’ print workshop will take place in the Town’s Goods Shed. Use your imagination to create an image from another world or another time and make an etching of your design. Carving lines into a printing plate creates a pattern of small grooves. By adding ink then cleaning the surface of the plate, the grooves remain filled with colour and your design can be transferred onto a sheet of card under the immense pressure of the printing press. The prints are dry immediately and ready to take away. This fun activity is included in the admission price.
There will also be two self-led trails to follow around the Town and discover more about the Victorian era as well wonderful storytelling sessions. Afterwards tuck into some traditional fish and chips at the Fish Fryers or pop into the New Inn for some tasty refreshments.
One of the 10 Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Blists Hill Victorian Town is open from 10am until 4pm; entrance is £17.75 adults, £13.75 60 plus and £11.85 children 5-16, under 5s free.
February 1, 2018
Discover how the Victorians celebrated Valentine’s and make a card for someone you love at Blists Hill Victorian Town
10th – 11th February
Discover how the Victorians celebrated Valentine’s Day over 100 years ago at Blists Hill Victorian Town as the residents prepare for the special day of romance over the weekend of 10th and 11th February.
The Valentine’s industry boomed during Victorian times when more and more people sent love notes, poems and cards to their sweet heart as paper and printing became cheaper and 1840 saw the establishment of the Penny Post.
Over the weekend you can print your very own Valentine’s card for someone you love using Victorian techniques in the Town’s Goods Shed. The drop-in session will take place between 11am and 1pm, while at other times children can colour-in a Valentine’s card to take home.
Then follow a self-led quiz trail around the Town; meet and chat to the townsfolk in their cottages and watch them demonstrate traditional Victorian crafts including the beautiful art of decoupage.
Activities will vary from day-today and are included in your admission fee.
January 30, 2018
September 11, 2017
Madeley Town Council are advertising the post of Town Clerk. More information: http://madeleytowncouncil.gov.uk/about/vacancies/
August 2, 2017
Saturday 12th August, call in any time between 10am & 4pm.
Contact Willie Gormley, 07504 636303 firstname.lastname@example.org
Family events inspired by Fire, Steam & Furnace – The Ironbridge Gorge Museums 26th July-3rd September.
July 26, 2017
Family events inspired by Fire, Steam & Furnace – The Ironbridge Gorge Museums during the summer school holiday 26th July-3rd September.
All are on a Fire, Steam and Furnace inspired theme to celebrate the Museum’s 50th anniversary.
Full steam ahead at Blists Hill Victorian Town – 19th and 20th August, 10am-4.30pm
Discover how the Victorians harnessed steam to power their engines and other machines. The weekend will provide a rare chance to get up close and personal with an eclectic collection of Victorian steam powered machines, all of which will be in their full working splendour. The town’s replica of Trevithick’s 1802 Coalbrookdale locomotive will be running. Other engines will include ‘Billy’, a fantastic 1903 Wallis & Steevens road roller, the Merryweather fire pump and the Fielding oil engine as well as portable and ploughing engines. The impressive Blists Hill Ironworks steam hammer will also be in operation as well as the two ironworks engines. In addition, there will be a variety of special guest engines, both large and small, around the Town throughout the weekend.
A highlight every Wednesday morning will be the chance to see the furnace ablaze in the Town’s Iron Foundry and to watch a spectacular iron casting demonstration. Younger visitors can follow a fun self-led family trail around Blists Hill to discover more about the role played by furnaces, fire and steam in the Industrial Revolution as well as take part in lessons in the Victorian School House. They can also enjoy seeing the magnificent heavy horses, pigs and chickens and have a go on the Victorian Fairground. Whatever their age everyone is invited to join in the lunchtime and afternoon sing-a-longs in the New Inn.
Furnace, fire and steam themed ceramic workshops, Coalport China Museum
Use your creativity to sculpt a model from air-drying clay at the furnace, fire and steam themed family workshops. The drop-in sessions will take place every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the summer school holidays from 26th July to 3rd September. Every day throughout the holidays young artists can also decorate ceramic money boxes or fridge magnets and paint delicate china flowers. The hands-on workshops will be held from 11am until 3.30pm; ceramic painting activities carry a charge from £1 per item and clay for modelling is an additional £2 per item, plus admission. You can take all items home with you on the day.
Try enamelling and pewter casting or make a paddleboat at Enginuity, Coalbrookdale
Different activities will take place during different weeks, when families can join drop-in workshops to try enamelling, pewter casting or use their imagination to create a paddleboat to sail across Enginuity’s pool.
The enamelling workshops will take place between 26th and 30th July and again from 7th to 13th August. Families will be able to decorate copper key rings using enamel beads and watch as they are fixed in place using very high temperatures in a mini-furnace.
If you visit Enginuity between 31st July and 6th August, or 14th to 20th August then you can have a go at making a pewter medallion to attach to a key ring. Paddleboat making sessions will be held during the last fortnight of the school holidays from 21st August to 3rd September.
The drop-in workshops will take place daily, between 10.30am and 3.15pm; there is a small additional charge of between £1 and £3 for materials. These fun family sessions are part of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums 50th anniversary programme of events, which will continue throughout the year.
For further information, call the Ironbridge Tourist Information Centre on 01952 433 424 or visit www.ironbridge.org.uk. The Gorge is easily reached via the M54 motorway exiting at Telford junction 4 or 6.
June 20, 2017
May 8, 2017
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Spring half-term 27th May – 4th June
Hands-on activities bring the inventions of our past heroes to life at Blists Hill Victorian Town
Visit Blists Hill Victorian Town over the spring half-term break between 27th May and 4th June and discover more about Victorian engineering heroes and inspirational inventors, all of whom would have been regarded as superheroes of their day. Across the Town there will be a range of fun hands-on activities, all of which are part of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums’ 50th anniversary celebrations.
Have a go at packing tea in the Grocers and learn about Ferdinand de Lesseps. The French diplomat and engineer was the driving force behind the building of the Suez Canal, which halved journey times from India and made tea more affordable for working people. Then learn about Morse Code in the Town’s Post Office; Samuel Morse revolutionised long distance communication and allowed people to send messages across the world.
Transform your smartphone into a ‘Box Brownie’ camera with a special cover at the Photographers and hear about Julia Cameron, one of the greatest Victorian photographers who was known for her portraits of celebrities. Between 11am and 1pm, you can thread a bolt in the Machine Shop using the standardised thread system invented by British engineer, Sir Joseph Whitworth.
Go along to Speakers Corner at 2pm where all ages can follow in the footsteps of the famous Victorian social campaigner Millicent Fawcett, who fought for women to have the right to vote. Props and scripts will be available to help you get into character. And finally try the Izod tester in the Ironworks between 2pm and 4pm; named after its inventor, Edwin Gilbert Izod, the tester determines the impact strength of metals.
On Bank Holiday Monday, 29th May only, Blists Hill’s own ‘engineers’ will demonstrate how a large, steel oil drum can be crushed using less than a cup of water. This simple but very effective ‘trick’ was developed by Thomas Newcomen when he invented the world’s first steam engine.
There will also be a self-led trail around Blists Hill to discover more about the heroes who lived during the Victorian era as well as lessons in the Victorian School House, lunchtime and afternoon sing-a-longs in the New Inn and rides in the horse-drawn bus between 1.30 and 3pm.
April 22, 2017
Bring your picnic and a blanket.