Help the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust save one of its most important heritage locations; The Museum of the Gorge, and support us through helping to fund vital heritage preservation work and a new roof for the building.
The Museum of the Gorge is one of our 10 award-winning museums. Built in 1834 on the River Severn in Ironbridge, the gothic style building was a main warehouse for the Coalbrookdale Company. During the 19th century, goods would have been bought from the furnaces and forges in Coalbrookdale and shipped down the River Severn to the markets of Gloucester, Bristol and eventually the rest of the world, thus it rightly earned the moniker "The Warehouse of the World".
Due to the age and location of the building, there is substantial damage to the entire roof. The wall plate is rotting and as the roof truss sits against the wall is not watertight, the stagnant water that pools in the gap is being carried along to the original timber beams, causing rot, decay and structural instability. Due to the extreme hot and cold temperatures we have had over recent years, consistent expansion and contraction is causing cracks, allowing further water to enter the structure. As a result of the roof quality, the walls regularly drip water throughout the building in bad, wet weather. In the Lady Chapel, the ceiling has collapsed and we have had to move items of our collection into storage, for their own preservation. This includes Harry Roger's famous Coracle, a fundamental piece of Ironbridge history. There is also water damage in the Community Auditorium, and during heavy rain the walls are wet to the touch.
The museum (a grade II listed building) is the starting point for many visitors wanting to explore our unique museums and landscapes of the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, and acts as the Tourist Information Centre for the area. It also houses key items from our collection, a gift shop, a riverside gallery, the Lady Chapel and an auditorium used by the local community.
We vitally need to raise £67,326.54 to help save this iconic and indispensable building. Help us by donating as much as you can today, knowing you would have made a real difference.
Donations received via our campaign page are gratefully received and will be displayed on this page. All donations received are highly appreciated, with any donations of over £500 being acknowledged via a unique supporter wall that will be on display in the Museum of the Gorge, once the preservation works have been completed. To find out more about our appeal, please contact our Fundraising Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01952 435 900.