|Harold Grice (volunteer) with the replica Trevithick locomotive|
Blists Hill Victorian Town, one of Shropshire’s 10 Ironbridge Gorge Museums is adding two new buildings to its ever expanding site in 2015.
The Spry, the last remaining Lower Severn Trow, is being given a new home, which is due to open during the summer. Trows were used to transport raw materials and finished goods up and down the River Severn before the railways took over this role and are one of the unsung heroes of the Industrial Revolution. The new building will protect The Spry from the elements and contain a fascinating new exhibition about the boat, while a walkway over the deck will allow visitors to see the boat from a whole new perspective.
Elsewhere around the Town, the transport story continues as another new building is being created to house the Museum’s replica Trevithick Engine, arguably the world’s first steam powered locomotive, along with two other historic boats, a Canal Ice Breaker and Canal Tub Boat.
Open 10am to 5pm Blists Hill is one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums. A great value Annual Passport Ticket allowing entry into all ten museums and unlimited return visits, costs £27.95 per adult, £21.50 for the 60 plus, £16.95 for students and children, £68 for a family of two adults and all their children aged up to 18 years in full time education (terms and conditions apply) and £50 for a family with one adult; under 5s free. Activities and workshops vary day-to-day and some carry an extra charge in addition to the museum admission fee. Individual museum entry tickets are also available.
For further information, contact the Ironbridge Tourist Information Centre on Tel: 01952 433 424 or visit www.ironbridge.org.uk. The Gorge is easily reached via the M6 and M54 motorways exiting at Telford (M54 junction 4 or 6).