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RAF Museum crowned ‘Apprentice of the Year’ at Shropshire Business Awards

19th June 2012

The Royal Air Force Museum was delighted to be crowed winners of the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ category at the Shropshire Business Awards 2012. Held at The International Centre, Telford on Friday 15th June, the Museum’s Conservation Centre Deputy Manager Darren Priday and Apprentice Nathan Pugh attended as finalists in the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ category.


‘Air raids’ return to SVR’s 1940s Weekends - by public demand!

19th June 2012

IN WARTIME, the heavy drone of large formations of Luftwaffe bombers and the sound of bombs exploding struck dread into British hearts. But a decision to drop the simulated ‘Luftwaffe air raids’ from the Severn Valley Railway’s 1940s re-enactment weekends’ last year brought complaints from visitors - so they’re being brought back!


SVR ‘one of England’s top three tourism experiences’

13th June 2012

IT’S OFFICIAL - the Severn Valley Railway is one of the top three tourism experiences in England! The 16-mile Kidderminster-to-Bridgnorth steam heritage line which attracts up to a quarter of a million visitors each year, has landed the Bronze medal in the ‘Tourism Experience of the Year’ category of the English Tourist Board’s 2012 ‘Visit England’ Awards.


Bridgnorth goes carnival with railway station gala

12th June 2012

BRIDGNORTH STATION, northern terminus of the 16-mile Severn Valley Railway, goes carnival this weekend (June 16th & 17th) with its own special gala as part of this year’s celebrations to mark the line’s 150th anniversary.


The Severn Valley Railway: stops for elephants!

18th May 2012

EVERY morning for the past two weeks, the steam engine which has run from the Severn Valley Railway’s locomotive depot at Bewdley, to Kidderminster, to work the first passenger train of the day from the railway’s southern terminus, has been taking an unusually long time to get there. And the reason is, ‘the elephant stop.’


First the Duke - and now ‘Queen Victoria’ makes Royal visit to Severn Valley Railway!

15th May 2012

HARD on the heels of yesterday’s Royal Visit by HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG KCVO, the Severn Valley Railway moves to its main event in celebration of the line’s 150th anniversary this weekend (May 19th & 20th) – and the visit of HM Queen Victoria!


HRH Duke of Gloucester gives royal seal to SVR's 150th anniversary

10th May 2012

THE 150th ANNIVERSARY of the Severn Valley Railway is to receive Royal recognition, with the official visit to the Kidderminster - Bridgnorth steam heritage line by HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG, DCVO, on a day of special commemoration next Monday, May 14th.



Bikers raise thousands of pounds for local charity

4th April 2012

Almost 1,000 bikers from across the Midlands took part in the Bike 4 Life Easter Run last weekend in aid of two local charities. Raising money for the Midlands Air Ambulance and Royal Air Force Museum, bikers travelled on mass from Shrewsbury Meole Brace park and ride along the M54 to the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford.


EASTER PLANS FOR APLEY FARM SHOP

2nd April 2012

Apley Farm Shop is planning a busy weekend for Easter, incorporating both fun events for children and food tasters for the adults.


Severn Valley Railway looks to carry ‘buoyant’ start into Easter

2nd April 2012

AFTER the best start to a new season since 2008, the Severn Valley Railway rolls out its busiest steam train timetables for the forthcoming Easter bank holiday weekend, optimistic that the buoyant passenger figures it has seen so far can be maintained.


Calling all young detectives - we need your help!

28th March 2012

If you’re currently searching for something to keep the younger members of the family entertained this Easter, why not give them a day out at the Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford? This Easter holiday, children can play detective as they take part in the ‘Cold War Investigation’ trail, which includes a prize for every successful participant.


THE SEARCH IS ON FOR ENGLAND'S BIGGEST FAN!

27th March 2012

VisitEngland, the country's national tourist board has launched a nationwide campaign to find England’s biggest fan for an all-expenses paid 70-day trip around the country. The organisation is looking for a budding travel writer / broadcaster / social networker who is passionate about England, and likes nothing more than exploring the country and passing on their experiences.


Apley Farm Shop Project on Top Award List

26th March 2012

The Apley Farm Shop project just outside Bridgnorth has been shortlisted for the 2012 West Midlands Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Awards.


SVR gala ‘time warps’ back to the 1930s ‘art deco’ era

20th March 2012

A CLASSIC streamlined train of the 1930s ‘art deco’ era jumps straight from the pages of the history books and into the 2012 reality of the Severn Valley Railway, when the Kidderminster-to-Bridgnorth steam heritage line’s three-day ‘Spring Steam Gala’ gets under way this Friday, March 23rd.


New Wenlock Olympians Games Book Published

19th March 2012

A new pictorial history of the Wenlock Olympian Games - the inspiration behind the modern Olympic movement - is about to be published.


‘Lady A’ waves the Severn Valley Railway flag at NEC

14th March 2012

A 112-year-old steam locomotive which has travelled the country acting the role of ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’, makes its debut appearance at the NEC, Birmingham, today, in a flag-waving exercise by the engine’s custodians, the Severn Valley Railway.


Bridgnorth station goes back to drawing board for £2m revamp

12th March 2012

THE SEVERN Valley Railway’s Bridgnorth station, built exactly 150 years ago, has gone back onto the drawing board for a major remodelling and expansion expected to cost in the region of £2 million.


Poets give UK Poetry Festival an Olympic Theme

1st March 2012

Dozens of poets will be reciting, cart-wheeling, drinking tea and busking in the streets as a UK town celebrates the country’s creativity and variety with the Wenlock Poetry Festival 2012.


Poetry for Youngsters at Shropshire Festival

29th February 2012

Youngsters across the county will be the focus of poetry and workshops at this year’s Wenlock Poetry Festival. The event, which will take place in Much Wenlock from April 13 to 15, features some of the best poets writing today with a line-up including Carol Ann Duffy, Liz Lockhead, Fiona Sampson and Nick Drake.


Piglet’s Olympian story told in new book

8th February 2012

A new book which tells the tale of the Wenlock Olympian Games through the eyes of a piglet has been launched. This beautifully-illustrated children’s book follows Peggy the Much Wenlock Piglet as she takes part in the town’s games organised by Dr William Penny Brookes, the inspiration for the modern Olympic movement.


Severn Valley Railway reopens to signify that ‘Spring is on its way’

7th February 2012

IT’S the surest sign that Spring is on its way - the Severn Valley Railway is reopening for the new season this coming Saturday, February 11th, after a winter shutdown that has seen the Kidderminster-to-Bridgnorth steam heritage line invest more than a quarter of a million pounds on track renewals.


Shropshire medals included in prestigious display

7th February 2012

A display at The British Museum in London, running until 9th September 2012, is to include a range of objects from the 19th-century Wenlock Olympian games.


Severn Valley Railway remembers its 150th anniversary - by laying new track!

31st January 2012

WHETHER running Royal Trains, re-enacting ‘how it was’ in the 1940s or staging spectacular steam galas for thousands of visitors, the Severn Valley Railway has always been ‘up’ for the big occasion.


Severn Valley basks in the glow of new ‘Sherlock Holmes’ film hit

31st January 2012

THE SEVERN VALLEY Railway is basking in the afterglow of the Christmas cinema box-office hit ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’, part of which was filmed on the popular Kidderminster-to-Bridgnorth steam heritage line.


Discover your creative side this February half-term with fun hands-on activities at Blists Hill Victorian Town

27th January 2012

Visit Blists Hill Victorian Town during February half-term week and take part in two fantastic hands-on workshops. Discover the art of candle dipping or create your own Valentine’s card in these great family-friendly activities which run from Saturday 11th until Sunday 19th February 2012.


Ironbridge Gorge Museum wins share of £20m Arts Council England Major Grants funding

26th January 2012

The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust is celebrating the news that it has secured a share of a £20 million per annum Major Grants funding stream from Arts Council England, to cover the period 2012-15.


Coalbrookdale 300 Project Receives Funding Boost

25th January 2012

The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust has received a £150,000 funding boost from the DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Fund towards the second phase of its exciting Coalbrookdale 300 Project. This will include the redevelopment of the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron with new gallery and education spaces and help provide improved access to its nationally designated collections.


Have your London 2012 Moment at the Ironbridge Gorge

24th January 2012

While best known as the Birthplace of Industry and home to ten award winning museums, the Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire has already played a large part in the preparations for London 2012 since it hosted the launch of the Cultural Olympiad in the West Midlands in 2008. This year the Ironbridge Gorge Museum will be hosting a magnificent digital art exhibition as part of the London 2012 Festival, and the World Heritage Site will be welcoming the Olympic Flame when the Torch Relay passes over the Iron Bridge in May.


Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival offers around 30 free outings

24th January 2012

Larger than ever before, the 2012 Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival, which runs from Saturday 5th to Sunday 13th May, features around 30 free guided walks covering a range of interests and abilities. These include some challenging full day outings in and around the glorious Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site as well as family adventures, historic trails and wildlife walks.


Model Making Half Term at RAF Museum

17th January 2012

If you’re looking for something exciting to entertain the children this February Half Term, the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford is inviting families to participate in a fun model making activity. Taking place from Monday 13th to Friday 17th February, visitors will have the opportunity to build an Airfix 1:72 Spitfire.


Have your own London 2012 experience through ‘The Games and Me’ at Enginuity, Ironbridge Gorge Museums

11th January 2012

Celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games this February half-term at Enginuity, one of the 10 Ironbridge Gorge Museums, and challenge yourself at the exciting Games and Me event. Between Saturday 11th and Sunday 19th February, you will be able to have your own Olympic experience by testing your speed and reaction times using state-of-the-art equipment as used by professional sports stars and see amazing shows looking at the science behind sport.


Severn Valley Railway spends £250k on winter track renewals

3rd January 2012

THE SEVERN Valley Railway is to spend a quarter of a million pounds on track and drainage renewal and maintenance, in a major ‘winter works’ programme which gets under way on Tuesday (January 3rd).


Celebrate Chinese Year of the Dragon at Coalport China Museum

22nd December 2011

Go along to the Coalport China Museum, near Ironbridge during half-term between Monday 13th and Friday 17th February to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Dragon, which began on 23rd January. The museum will be taking on an oriental flavour with a series of hands-on family activities.


Fourth International Garden Photographer of the Year Exhibition to be hosted by the Ironbridge Gorge Museums

22nd December 2011

The Ironbridge Gorge Museums are hosting the fourth International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) exhibition at the Footprint Gallery, Fusion, adjacent to the Jackfield Tile Museum from 18 July - 1st September 2012. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to view the fantastic skill of the winning and finalist photographers from the fourth IGPOTY competition in this fascinating exhibition of photographs of gardens, plants, flowers and botany.


Severn Valley Railway goes festive, after Santa trains break records

19th December 2011

THE SEVERN Valley Railway begins its after-Christmas ‘Festive Season’ steam trains on Boxing Day on the back of one of the most amazing ‘Santa’ seasons it has experienced in 40 years.


A Herculean Christmas Gift Arrives at Cosford!

14th December 2011

A Hercules C130K Mk.3 has just become the latest aircraft to go on display at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, arriving just in time for Christmas. The aircraft was moved from the airfield to the Museum’s site yesterday and placed in its new permanent display space, outside overlooking the Museum site. This supersized Christmas present took a team of fifteen Museum Technicians and RAF Personnel three hours to safely move the aircraft into position, once the aircraft had been defueled.


Need a New Year Resolution?! Take the Towering Challenge to help support St Leonard’s Church Bridgnorth.

12th December 2011

If you have ever wanted to see Bridgnorth through the eyes of a bird why not take part in the CCT’s Towering Challenge abseil on Saturday 24th March 2012?


Restored Upton Cressett Hall wins hidden gem award

8th December 2011

One of the finest Tudor manor houses in Shropshire has been voted as the UK’s top hidden gem at an award ceremony. Upton Cressett Hall, near Bridgnorth, beat off competition from some of the country’s top attractions to land the prestigious Hudson’s Heritage Industry Award.


The World’s First Christmas Card is Delivered to Ironbridge

7th December 2011

Today greetings cards are an essential part of our Christmas celebrations but the custom of exchanging cards did not start until 1843, another wonderful Christmas tradition we have to thank the Victorians for.


The Florin Street Band to support ITV’s Text Santa appeal Music Video Filmed at Blists Hill Victorian Town

5th December 2011

The spectacular Victorian-themed Christmas song; My Favourite Time of Year by The Florin Street Band, whose music video was filmed at Blists Hill Victorian Town in the Ironbridge Gorge, is set to benefit numerous charities this Christmas as it becomes the theme to ITV’s Text Santa appeal.The YouTube hit recently caused a stir across the pond when the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” requested permission to perform it at their high profile concerts in Washington D.C. – an honour rarely bestowed upon modern-day Christmas songs.


Culinary expert welcomed to Blists Hill Victorian Town for Christmas cooking demonstrations

5th December 2011

The Ironbridge Gorge Museums are set to welcome culinary expert Simon Smith to Blists Hill Victorian Town for a series of live cooking demonstrations this Christmas. These special cooking demonstrations will take place during the weekends of 10 – 11 and 17 – 18 December as part of the Museums’ Victorian Christmas events which will also feature Father Christmas and his reindeer, brass bands and a Punch and Judy show.


Ironbridge Gorge Museums extend ‘Our Sporting Life: Sporting Heroes’ exhibition until 9th September 2012

30th November 2011

The Ironbridge Gorge Museums are extending the ‘Our Sporting Life: Sporting Heroes’ exhibition for a further seven months until 9th September 2012 due to popular demand (it was planned to close on 29th February 2012). The temporary display, which celebrates Shropshire’s rich, sporting heritage, forms part of the Science Sport Life programme of events, part of the national ‘Stories of the World’ project, which is at the heart of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.


Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Shropshire - Open during festive break for a great family day out

29th November 2011

For a fun day out during the festive period (26 December – 3 January) go along to the Ironbridge Gorge Museums in Shropshire’s stunning Severn Valley where six of the ten museums will be open daily from 10am until 4pm. They will only be closing on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Whether you are interested in a recreated Victorian town, hands-on interactives, fine china, decorative tiles or the history of iron making, it’s all to be found in this fascinating World Heritage Site.


Severn Valley’s ‘Santa’ trains hit a new high in popularity

29th November 2011

Times may be hard, and families everywhere are being forced to make cuts and compromises in their spending. But in the Midlands, it seems there’s one seasonal tradition that families are absolutely NOT prepared to compromise upon – and that’s their annual visit to see Santa at the Severn Valley Railway.


Ironbridge Gorge Museums to host the Ironbridge Lecture

18th November 2011

The prestigious Ironbridge Lecture will once again be hosted by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust on Tuesday, 6th December in the Engine Shop at Enginuity in Coalbrookdale. The annual lecture, held in partnership with the University of Birmingham, will be delivered by the University’s Professor of Community History and Director of the BirminghamLives project, Professor Carl Chinn MBE.


Christmas Shopping at the Ironbridge Gorge Museums

10th November 2011

With shops packed with unusual gift ideas the Ironbridge Gorge Museums are the place to head in the run up to Christmas. To help you make a dent in your Christmas shopping list they are holding a series of free special shopping events.


AGA Christmas Cooking Demonstration Evening at the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Wednesday 23rd November

10th November 2011

Join the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust for a fantastic evening where a feast of Christmas party food and other treats will be created before your very eyes in an iconic AGA range.


VIP Guests To View Wellingtons Progress

9th November 2011

Cosford’s award winning conservation centre will be opening its doors to visitors for exclusive behind-the-scenes access to aircraft conservation work from Monday 14th to Saturday 19th November.


Ironbridge Gorge Museums welcomes news of London 2012 Torch Relay through World Heritage Site

7th November 2011

The Trustees, staff & volunteers at the Ironbridge Gorge Museums were said to be ‘over the moon’ when they heard the news that the Olympic Flame will be visiting the World Heritage Site as part of next year’s Torch Relay.



The Modern Olympic Games


The 2012 Olympic Mascot, Wenlock, was created to celebrate the fact that the modern Olympic movement all started in Much Wenlock, Shropshire.

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