Ironbridge Gorge is celebrated for its role in
the Industrial Revolution. Here in the eighteenth
century ironmasters began the mass production of
iron and helped to create the British engineering
industry, laying the foundations for the railway
age in the next century. A surprising amount of
this early history can still be seen in the
valley today. Furnaces, houses, factories,
chapels and works now house collections
designated as of national importance. The
Ironbridge Gorge Museums show how people lived,
worked and created the products in the
cradle of industry. In all, there are
nine museums that can be visited, as well as the
great Iron Bridge, an icon of the Industrial
Revolution still spanning the River Severn.
Open Air Museum
is unique. We're no ordinary museum but a living,
working experience of its life as it was in the
Great North at the turn of the century.
people from the past, travel on our trams and
vintage bus, venture underground at the Drift
Mine, sample the treats at the Jubilee
Confectionery, talk to the animals at our farms,
down a pint at the Sun Inn or escape from the
discipline of the Board School into traditional
playground games. Discover life as it was in the
1820's at Pockerley Manor. There's all this to
do, to see, to feel, to smell, to touch, to
taste.... and so much more.
in a picturesque valley, Britain's Favourite Open
Air Museum has welcomed nearly 5 million visitors
over the past 10 years. During this time we've
been presented with both the British and European
Museum of the Year Awards.
to Beamish. We'll take you and your family back
in time for a great day out.
Country Living Museum
Black Country Living Museum deals with the
history of the Black Country, the heart of
industrial England, with recreated buildings from
the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
brought to life by costumed demonstrators and
trained educational guides. Our mission is:
'Preserve material relating to the story of the
Black Country and to communicate that story to
the widest possible audience.'
open air museums at: Bomis:
The Reference/Museums/Open-Air Museums/UK ring