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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.

Shropshire communities to welcome Olympic Flame

7th November 2011

A total of 11 Shropshire communities will welcome the Olympic Flame next May (2012) as it makes its mammoth journey from Greece to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

VIP Unveils Comper Swift

4th November 2011

The Royal Air Force Museum has today officially unveiled the Museum’s latest acquisition, the Comper Swift CLA.7 G-ACGL. The aircraft was unveiled to invited guests including relatives of the aircraft’s designer and of original owner in the Museum’s Hangar 1, where it is now on permanent display to the public.

Museum staff help construct charity pedal car

3rd November 2011

Staff at RAF Cosford, assisted by staff in the Michael Beetham Conservation Centre at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford have created a pedal car in the form of a World War Two Hurricane aircraft. The pedal car will be entered into a 24 hour charity cycle car race taking place in St Etienne de Chigny in the centre of France. A team of four from RAF Cosford will travel to France for the race in August 2012 hoping to raise money for RAF Charities whilst winning the best design for their pedal car.

Early bookings surge for Severn Valley ‘Santa’ trains

28th October 2011

A SURGE of early bookings for its Santa steam trains this week has put a smile on the face of the Severn Valley Railway.

Museum unveils new Spitfire

26th October 2011

A Supermarine Spitfire Photo Reconnaissance PR. XIX PM651 is the latest addition to the aircraft collection at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford. This rare reconnaissance Spitfire can now be seen on display in the Museum’s Warplanes Hangar standing next to a Hurricane and a Mk 1 Spitfire.

Furnaceman’s Dream

26th October 2011

Play inspired by Shakespeare and Ironbridge Heritage - Enginuity 12th and 13th November

Police dig new Anderson Shelter at Museum

24th October 2011

Earlier this year the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford took delivery of an original Anderson Shelter donated to the Museum by Etruria Industrial Museum, Stoke-On-Trent. The 8ft long by 6ft high shelter will be constructed by officers from Longbridge Police Station assisted by a group of teenagers as part of their community outreach work. It will then be placed in the Museum’s World War II garden enhancing the WWII workshops, used by thousands of school groups each year.

Taste a Flavour of the Olympics with Wenlock Hampers

21st October 2011

A flavour of the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games can now be tasted across the globe following the launch of Wenlock Hampers.

SVR’s Halloween ‘Ghost Trains’ doing scarily well!

18th October 2011

THE SEVERN Valley Railway’s first-ever dabble into the world of ghouls and ghosts appears to be heading towards monster success.

Wellington Restoration Progress is highlight of Open Week

17th October 2011

The award winning Michael Beetham Conservation Centre at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford will be opening its doors to visitors for one special week to enable greater public access and understanding of the Centre's work. From Monday 14th to Saturday 19th November, a range of aircraft and other artefacts in various stages of restoration will be on display daily from 10.15 to 1.00pm. This includes the Centre’s largest project, the Wellington Bomber.

Half Term Helicopter’s at Cosford

13th October 2011

This October Half Term, the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford invites families to join in the free and exciting Helicopter Half Term activity. Taking place from Monday 24th October to Friday 28th October visitors will have the opportunity to see inside a replica Air Ambulance cockpit, speak with Air Ambulance and Search and Rescue helicopter crew, plus take part in a Question and Answer session with ex United States Air Force (USAF) Flight Engineers and Technical Sergeants Chuck Gutshall and Walt Brown.

Half Term Activities at the National Trust's Dudmaston Estate

12th October 2011

The staff at the National Trust’s Dudmaston Estate have been working hard to develop a range of workshops and activities that families can take part in during the school half-term holidays which they will be running from their meeting centre located at Mose.

New Ironbridge Stamp Unveiled

11th October 2011

Ironbridge in Shropshire has been included in a new range of first class stamps unveiled by Royal Mail that shows off some of Britain's most famous landmarks.

Nearly 200 classic cars line-up for SVR’s big transport event

5th October 2011

THE CARS which stopped the Earls Court Motor Show in their hey-day - almost 200 of them – will take the Severn Valley Railway by siege this Sunday, October 9th, as the Kidderminster - Bridgnorth steam heritage line puts on its big transport event of the year - Classic Car & Bike Day.

Severn Valley Railway goes for ‘100% diesel’ experiment

4th October 2011

THE SEVERN Valley Railway will take one of the biggest public relations gambles in its 40-year history later this week, when for three days it will run an intensive train service - without a single steam locomotive in sight.

‘Forgotten’ war heroes to be recognised at SVR ceremony

29th September 2011

NINE ‘forgotten’ military railwaymen who were killed during the Battle of Britain in 1940 when a lone German bomber attacked the railway on which they were training, are to be remembered, more than 60 years on, in a special ceremony at the Severn Valley Railway this Saturday (October 1st).

It's Official - The Shropshire Hills Welcomes Walkers!

27th September 2011

Much Wenlock is the latest market town to be added to a growing list of places in the Shropshire Hills to gain “Walkers Are Welcome” status.

Marketing agency creates windows into Shropshire’s history

22nd September 2011

Striking photographs taken by a Shropshire marketing agency that create ‘windows into history’ are to be displayed during celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of Ironbridge Gorge becoming a World Heritage Site

Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Festival

16th September 2011

Celebrates 25th Anniversary: 24th September 2011

Time flies when you’re having fun!

18th August 2011

After a hectic summer of thrilling activities at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, next week’s final August Activity is dedicated to a flying theme guaranteed to excite youngsters - ‘Mini Kites and Windmills’, a hands-on workshop to get all the family working together that will run from 22nd to 26th of August.

Discover rural attractions on Much Wenlock’s ‘Marathon Trails’

18th August 2011

Fifty one Shropshire-based rural tourist attractions are giving their businesses an extra boost in the run up to the 2012 Olympic Games through an initiative funded by the Rural Development Programme for England. All are within the magic 26 mile ‘marathon’ radius of Much Wenlock, home of the Wenlock Olympian Games and inspiration for the modern day Olympics. And all the businesses are included in a series of four ‘Marathon Trail’ guides, which tell visitors about special places to go and things to do in the county.

Hop & Stagger Brewery create an Apley Gamekeeper Pale [beer]

22nd July 2011

Husband & wife, Bob & Sam Hayes of the Hop & Stagger Brewery have recently moved into renovated farm buildings on the Apley Estate, very close to Apley Farm Shop where they’re selling their beers, including their newly created Apley label, Apley Gamekeeper Pale.

Football legend Bert Williams shares RAF wartime memories

24th June 2011

Royal Air Museum Cosford - Thursday 30th June 2011 11.30am

Scalextric For Schools Challenge

21st June 2011

Secondary school children from across the country will be taking part in a giant size scalextric event, hosted at the RAF Museum Cosford on Sunday 26th June. ‘Scalextric4Schools’ will see teams of students aged 11-18, from as far away as Devon participating. The event aims to inspire students to take Science and Engineering related subjects for Higher Education and as a career.

'Allo, 'Allo!' stars boost SVR’s two big '1940s Weekends'

20th June 2011

Stars from the cast of the hugely popular BBC sitcom 'Allo, 'Allo!' will be centre-stage when the Severn Valley Railway turns back the clock once more and rolls out its big wartime nostalgia '1940s Weekends', on June 25th & 26th and July 2nd & 3rd.

75th Anniversary of the first Wellington flight

15th June 2011

First Flight 15th June 1936

Severn Valley Carriage Works turns out first ‘external’ contract coach

31st May 2011

The Severn Valley Railway’s carriage restoration department at Bewdley, reorganised last year as a stand-alone profit centre under the name SVR Carriage Contracts, has just completed its first ‘external’ contract.

Armed Forces Day For All 3 Services

27th May 2011

Saturday 25th June 2011

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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