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"A part of the World Heritage Site Ironbridge Gorge"

This is perhaps an unusual exhibit or museum to find at Ironbridge with so much of the other stuff concentrating on the history of the place, how it developed over centuries and focusing on the people and inventions of the time period. This museum does look a little at the past but is primarily a hands-on exhibition on how things or processes work. It has been designed to switch on the imagination and inform you about Design and Technology with lots of interactive activities for you to take part in to see how it works.

Some of the exhibits include; giving you the chance to pull a 10 ton train with just a short rope, using a giant x-ray machine you get to see inside some familiar objects, see how electricity is generated from water, how to go about building an earthquake proof tower and use a robotic arm.

The large warehouse is split primarily into 4 sections, but it is one big room so you can move about from one exhibit to another freely and try things out as many times as you want. In the Energy section you get to use the exhibits which shows how you can generate electricity by using water, pedal power, wind, get to find out how much energy is used by familiar household products. In the materials and structure section discover how materials have been used to create products and with the large x-ray machines get to see inside some familiar items such as a teddy bear. Also here get to find out what different materials might have in common. In Systems and Control find out what happens to your rubbish once it is collected every week, or use a robot to defuse a bomb! the design and make takes you through the process of inventing something and how to take it through to the final product stage. there are many other exhibits displaying the power of technology and inventions.

It is a fun space both children and adults will enjoy, so allow at least 1-2 hours for your visit.

The Annual Passport. The Ironbridge Museums operate an Annual Ticket and Passport where for one price you can get access to all 10 of their sites with unlimited day time access during normal opening hours, so you can return as often as you like for a whole year. If after 12 months you have still not visited particular sites, you can return at any time in the future to make one free visit to the sites that you've missed. These tickets are sold at all the museums and the visitor information centre in Ironbridge itself or you can buy them in advance by phone. The 2009 prices for the Passport tickets are:

Adult 19.95;  60+ 15.95; Child 12.95 or a family ticket for 2A up to 3C 54.95.

Location: Enginuity, Ironbridge, Shropshire

Grid Reference: SJ667046 Ceremonial County: Shropshire

Map Link: Multimap

Aerial photo: Multimap Birds eye

Getting there: Exit J6 or J4 of M54. Follow signs for Ironbridge Gorge. Then follow signs for Coalbrookdale Museums and park in Museum of Iron car park

Access: In a building behind the Museum of Iron, and accessible to all.
Website: Enginuity at Ironbridge
Other Useful Websites:
Email: tic@ironbridge.org.uk
Address: Enginuity, Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge
Postcode: TF8 7DQ Telephone: 01952 884391
Opening Times: All Year 10am-5pm daily

Charges: Use the Annual Passport as detailed above or for entry to the Museum only prices are: Adult 6.95; 60+ 5.95; Child 5.95

Nearby Locations: Museum of Iron    Darby Houses
Other Location Pages:

Bedlam Furnaces

Blists Hill Victorian Town

Broseley Pipeworks

Coalport China Museum

Hay Inclined Plane    Hay Inclined Plane Gallery

Jackfield Tile Museum  

Iron Bridge and Toll House

Museum of the Gorge Ironbridge

Tar Tunnel

Other Relevant Pages:

Living History Section

List of Living History Museums

Living history museums introduction

World Heritage Sites     

World Heritage Sites - Further Information

World Heritage Sites in the UK

Industrial Heritage

Anchor Points and The European Route of Industrial Heritage  

The Industrial Revolutions

Technological Developments in the Industrial Revolution

Transport in the Industrial Revolution 

Further Information on Industrial Heritage 

European Route of Industrial Heritage - UK Sites   




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Page Ref: Enginuity Topic: Activities and Educational  Last Updated: 10/2009


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