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Double win for Museum at Apprenticeship Awards

16th May 2011

The Michael Beetham Conservation Centre at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford has for the second year in a row, been awarded the West Midlands Regional Winner of the ‘Small Employer of the Year Award’, at The Apprenticeship Awards 2011. It was a double win for the Museum as 2nd year Apprentice, Nathan Pugh was highly commended in the ‘Advanced Apprentice of the Year’ category.


Schools set to participate in local Olympics

13th May 2011

Local school children from across the West Midlands will be taking part in the Olympics 2012 Inspire to Aim Higher event, hosted at the RAF Museum Cosford on Tuesday 17th May. This special event is a collaboration with Wednesfield High School, together with South Cheshire College and Kingswood Outdoor Education Centre. The event aims to promote participation, inclusion and competition, whilst highlighting the values of the Olympic and Paralympic movement.


Dudmaston open for National Garden Scheme Day

12th May 2011

Dudmaston Hall are opening their gardens to visitors this Saturday (14th May) in conjunction with the National Garden Scheme. Being predominantly a spring garden visitors will have the opportunity to wander through the beautiful grounds where rhododendrons and azaleas are currently in full bloom.


Volunteers Efforts Recognised At Awards

11th May 2011

A volunteer at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford yesterday reached the final three in the University of Wolverhampton’s ‘Volunteer of the Year Awards 2011’. Held at the university, the awards recognise students who have made a significant and meaningful contribution to the community by volunteering.


History comes to life at Dudmaston Hall

5th May 2011

Visitors to Dudmaston Hall on 8th May will be given the opportunity to find out all about the many different people who have lived in the Hall since the eighteenth century.


Thousands of bikers expected for charity ride out

21st April 2011

Thousands of bikers from across the country are expected to join together for a massive ‘Ride Out’ in support of the RAF. The third annual charity motorcycle run will take place on Sunday 8th May 2011 in aid of the RAF Association and RAF Museum. Motorheads from all over the UK will ride out from Shrewsbury Meole Brace park & ride to the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford in Shropshire on mass at 11.30am.


The Magic of the FA Cup comes to the Birthplace of Industry

18th April 2011

One of the oldest and most iconic football trophies in the world will be paying a rare visit to Enginuity, one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums in Shropshire on Saturday, 30th April between 10am and 5pm.


Come and celebrate Shropshire Butterflies - in poems, art, and real life!

13th April 2011

The Dower House Gardens June 11thGardens open at midday.


Museum Apprentice In Welding Challenge

12th April 2011

Alex Weston, an Apprentice in the Michael Beetham Conservation Centre at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, this week achieved third place in the ‘Trainee Welders Challenge’ held at City of Wolverhampton College. The challenge took place on Monday 4th April 2011, where twenty-five first year Engineering trainees took on a series of challenges testing their welding ability and skill.


Rare Chance To Step Inside Historic Aircraft

7th April 2011

14th May 2011 - 6.00pm - 8.30pm - £10.00 per person


Kitchen Garden comes to life at Dudmaston

15th March 2011

The Gardeners at Dudmaston have been busy during the winter months creating a new kitchen garden at the property.


Vote for Festival at the Edge to win National Award

1st March 2011

Festival at the Edge, a unique storytelling event in Much Wenlock, has made it through to the regional finals of the 2011 ‘Where Else But England’ Award for the second year in a row, after being nominated by Shropshire Tourism.


Enginuity to host exciting Sci-Tech Fair

28th February 2011

For one day only families will be able to participate in a wide range of exciting activities and challenges at the Sci-Tech Fair to be held at Enginuity, near Ironbridge, Shropshire on Saturday, 5th March.


Heroic Spitfire Veterans to Attend 75th Anniversary Event

28th February 2011

The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, home to the world’s oldest Spitfire, will be marking the 75th Anniversary of the first Supermarine Spitfire flight on Saturday 5th March 2011. Attending the event will be a host of special guests including three Spitfire Pilots and an Engine Fitter. This 1936 Anniversary will be marked with a day packed full of events, activities and exhibitions for the whole family to enjoy.


Historic RAF aircraft to fly into Cosford on Friday 11th February.

9th February 2011

The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford will be taking delivery of its latest acquisition, an RAF Dominie T.MK.1, on Friday 11th February 2011 at 11.30am, when it makes its final flight into RAF Cosford. This particular aircraft is significant because it was the first Dominie to enter RAF Service.


'We Are England' Photography Competition

22nd December 2010

Shropshire Tourism is encouraging people to take photos of Shropshire to enter into the 'We Are England' photography competition to help raise the profile of the county ahead of the Commonwealth Games that take place later this year in Delhi, with great prizes on offer.


Shropshire Tourism Member Business to feature on BBC One's Country Tracks

22nd December 2010

A unique Shropshire business, Hawks on Walks, that gives people the opportunity to walk through the countryside and become a falconer for the morning, has been chosen to feature on BBC One’s Country Tracks.


New look for the Shropshire Tourism Brochure

16th December 2010

Shropshire Tourism has just taken delivery of their 2011 Shropshire and the Welsh Borders brochure and, for the first time in 15 years, it is now in landscape format to better show off the stunning photographs of the county.


Santa Visits RAF Cosford's Wartime Grotto

3rd December 2010

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th December will be a time to celebrate Christmas during the Second World War as part of a Wartime Christmas Weekend packed wtih activities for all the family.


Museum Launches Conservation Blog

2nd November 2010

The Royal Air Force Museum has today launched a conservation blog, enabling members of the public, aviation enthusiasts and conservators to learn more about the various projects that the Museum’s Sir Michael Beetham Conservation Centre is currently undertaking to preserve our nation’s aviation heritage.


Museum to Remember Fallen Comrades

2nd November 2010

Sunday 14th November 2010, service to commence at 10.30am.


Full Steam Ahead for Caravan Park's December Bookings

2nd November 2010

Caravanners keen to take part in the Christmas festivities on the Severn Valley Railway and in Bridgnorth are booking their places early at a five star touring caravan park in East Shropshire.


Ironbridge Society of Artists Sends Locals Back to the Drawing Board

4th October 2010

Jackfield to host The Campaign for Drawing’s 'The Big Draw' event, 23 – 24 October 2010


Heritage Open Days across Shropshire

16th August 2010

Hidden gems and family favourites across Shropshire will open free as part of Britain’s annual Heritage Open Days, a four day celebration of heritage and architecture this September.


St Bartholomew's Day Celebrations At Blists Hill

11th August 2010

St Bartholomew’s Day celebrations are being revived at Blists Hill Victorian Town in the Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire on Tuesday, 24th August with drama, wizardry and fun family entertainment.


Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum!

9th August 2010

Come along to Blists Hill Victorian Town over the late summer Bank Holiday weekend, dressed as a pirate or your favourite character from Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, Treasure Island.  From Saturday 28th to Monday 30th August, the open-air museum in Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge will be running a special literary themed event with actors recreating scenes from the famous maritime book of mutiny and buried treasure.


Detective Weekend at Blists Hill Victorian Town is ‘Elementary my Dear Watson’

5th August 2010

Budding amateur sleuths and would-be private detectives will have the chance to help Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson solve a mysterious crime, which has taken place at Blists Hill Victorian Town in the Ironbridge Gorge during the weekend of Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th August. Youngsters will also be able to try their hands at forensic science during the two-day event by taking each other’s finger prints, printing reward posters and matching plaster cast footprints to different shoes.


Dance takes guests back to Battle of Britain era

23rd July 2010

Members of the public are invited to join the Aerospace Museum Society’s popular 1940’s Hangar Dance at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford on Saturday 18th September 2010 at 7pm.


New Season of Evening Events at Museum of the Gorge

23rd July 2010

Professional Production Company to Perform Murder Mystery Play during August and September


Summer in Ironbridge

8th July 2010

A whole host of events are taking place in Ironbridge this Summer to keep everyone entertained


Tanners Wines in The Times Top Ten

8th July 2010

Tanners Wines has been lauded in The Times as one of the top ten wine shops in the country. The article, which appeared in Saturday’s edition, said of the Shrewsbury-based firm:


Olympic Mascot coming to Wenlock Olympian Games

8th July 2010

The London 2012 Olympic mascot will be a VIP visitor at the annual Wenlock Olympian Games in Much Wenlock on Sunday 11th July.


Last Chance to help Blists Hill Victorian Town win £100,000

16th June 2010

Blists Hill Victorian Town in Ironbridge has got just a few days left to beat off stiff competition to win £100,000. It is one of only four museums in the country shortlisted to win the prestigious Art Fund Prize. The Museum is encouraging people to get on line and vote as soon as possible as the voting closes at 5pm on Friday 18th June


Red Arrows to fly at RAF Cosford Air Show on 13th June

11th June 2010

The Team has been able to complete the revised training schedule and has now been given the Public Display Authority required to enable them to perform their display at Air Shows this year


Armed Forces’ Day For All 3 Services

2nd June 2010

Saturday 26th June 2010 - 10.30am – 3pm - All guests must pre-register


Horsing About In Ironbridge Gorge

2nd June 2010

On Saturday, 12 June Blists Hill Victorian Town in Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge will stage a special event to demonstrate the important role played by horses in daily life over a hundred years ago. Around ten horses across a range of breeds and sizes will be on show, some wearing traditional harness while others will be highly decorated as they would have appeared on high days and holidays.


Enginuity Converts Power Tools Into Racing Cars

24th May 2010

Saturday 29th May to Sunday 6th June


Back by popular demand: Whalebone at Wenlock Pottery

24th May 2010

Following the enormous success of their previous evenings at Wenlock Pottery, popular and lively acoustic folk trio Whalebone will be bringing their 2010 The Gathering Tour to the Pottery on Saturday 19th June at 8.00pm.


Tourism Chief’s Delight at New Olympic Mascot

20th May 2010

Chief Executive of Shropshire Tourism Simon McCloy has expressed his delight that the new official 2012 Olympic mascot has been named ‘Wenlock’, firmly putting Much Wenlock and Shropshire’s Olympic connection on the map.


Blists Hill Victorian Town Short-Listed for £100,000

14th May 2010

Blists Hill Victorian Town, one of ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums, is one of four institutions short-listed for the £100,000 Art Fund Prize, the UK’s largest single arts prize.


Shropshire & the Welsh Borders brochure

6th May 2010

Over the past 12 months the team at Shropshire Tourism has handled 19,050 direct requests for the Shropshire & the Welsh Borders brochure and we are continuing to respond to requests on a daily basis. You will receive your booking forms for the 2011 brochure in the next couple of weeks so please keep an eye out for them.


Comet to feature on BBC’s ‘The One Show’

29th April 2010

The de Havilland Comet was the world’s first jet airliner. The Comet 1, an early example which is on display at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, will appear in a special feature on BBC 1's ‘The One Show’ on 4th May at 7.00pm, covering the short but historic service of the aircraft.


Blists Hill Victorian Town Wins National Enjoy England Silver Award

26th April 2010

The redeveloped Blists Hill Victorian Town in the Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire has won a coveted Silver Award in the Large Visitor Attraction category of the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence 2010.


Vote for Festival at the Edge to win National Award

7th April 2010

Festival at the Edge, a unique storytelling event in Much Wenlock, has made it through to the finals of a new national award, after being nominated by Shropshire Tourism. Visit England has joined forces with The Sun Newspaper to launch a national vote for its new ‘Where Else But England’ Award.


Aircraft Carrier to be ‘Centaur’ of Shropshire Model Show

1st April 2010

Royal Air Force Museum Cosford - 11th April 2010


Blists Hill Victorian Town asks visitors to ‘Love Your Museum’

1st April 2010

Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 April 2010


'Staycationers' Boost Bookings at Shropshire Caravan Park

30th March 2010

Staycationers are boosting bookings at a five star touring caravan park in Shropshire where £70,000 has been invested over the winter to ensure that caravanners can spend a penny in luxury.


Blists Hill Victorian Town Joins National Museums at Night Campaign

3rd March 2010

On Saturday 15th May, Blists Hill Victorian Town near Ironbridge in Shropshire is taking part in the national Museums at Night campaign, when cultural and historic attractions across the country will open their doors to visitors after dark


Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge Gorge Museums would like your help

2nd March 2010

Vote for Blists Hill Victorian Town to win Art Fund Prize


Easter fun in the Ironbridge Gorge

1st March 2010

Have a go at Egg dancing, Hunt the chick and make 'flapping birds', easter themed tile and china painting. Make a weekend of it and stay in one of Shropshire's exclusive hotels at a special discounted rate.



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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