MECCANO COMES TO IRONBRIDGE
9th March 2016
An amazing display of working Meccano models created by Telford and Ironbridge Meccano Society (TIMS), Shropshire will be an extra bonus for anyone visiting Enginuity, one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums, over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend from Saturday 30th April to Monday 2nd May.
Open 10am to 4.30pm daily and larger than ever before, the amazing Meccanuity 2016 exhibition will feature an impressive array of large and small models. Now in its 15th year, the exhibition has grown to become one of the biggest in the country. Large quantities of Meccano parts will also be available for youngsters to create their own Meccano wonders.
Traditional models on display will include giant cranes, live steam engines, pattern-drawing machines, fairground rides and clocks, to mention just a few, but there will also be the latest programmable robots from Meccano, or Meccanoids, the largest being around 4ft tall.
The Meccanuity Challenge this year will be the ‘relay race’, when clockwork or electric Meccano vehicles will be used in teams battling for the ‘gold’ trophy during the afternoon of Sunday, 1st May. Every year exhibitors also compete for the John Linder Memorial Shield, commemorating one of the founder members of the Telford and Ironbridge Meccano Society. This year, the Shield will be awarded for the best model that represents 25 years of the society, which began back in 1991.
Series and Defender Land Rovers, in any of their many and varied guises, have been chosen for this year’s Meccanuity theme to help inspire exhibitors, in celebration, and perhaps mourning too, of these long lived vehicles that ceased production in late January this year after almost 68 years. For the first time, exhibitors entering themed models will compete for the Keith Way Memorial Trophy, in honour of one of the society’s most active and enthusiastic builders.
Meccano was invented in 1901 by Frank Hornby, and is still made using imperial British measurements. It was used to build the world’s first programmable industrial robot in 1937. The only known replica of this Robot Gargantua is currently displayed in Enginuity.
Open 10am to 5pm Enginuity is one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums. A great value Annual Passport Ticket allowing unlimited entry into all ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums costs £25 per adult, £20 for seniors, £15 for children under 18, £68 for a family of two adults and all their children and £50 for a family with one adult; under 5s free (terms and conditions apply); Passports can also be bought online in advance saving 10% and individual entry tickets are available at each museum. Activities and workshops vary day-to-day and some carry an extra charge.
For further information call the Ironbridge Tourist Information Centre on 01952 433 424 or visit www.ironbridge.org.uk and www.tims.org.uk. The Gorge is easily reached via the M54 motorway exiting at Telford junction 4 or 6.
2016 marks 30 years since the Ironbridge Gorge was added to UNESCO's prestigious World Heritage Site list. Enginuity, together with the other nine Ironbridge Gorge Museums, will be celebrating this anniversary throughout the year with a variety of activities and events.