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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.



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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