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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).



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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