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Broseley Pipeworks to be re-opened for the season (16th May 2014)

Broseley Pipeworks, one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums, will be re-opened for the summer season during a ceremony at 12.15 on Monday, 19 May 2014 by Cllr Ian Pickles, Mayor of Broseley.

This unique museum offers visitors a fascinating insight into the world of clay tobacco pipe making, an industry that once flourished in the historic town of Broseley. To celebrate the start of the summer season, for the first day of opening the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust is offering free admission to everyone that visits on 19 May from 12noon-5pm.

The buildings that house the Pipeworks were converted from a row of cottages by Rowland Smitheman in 1881. The new factory was known as the Crown Works. Pipes continued to be made there by the Southorn family until the 1957 when the factory sadly closed. With the help of a variety of funders and supporters, including the local community, the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust reopened the buildings to the public, recreating the atmosphere of the former factory.

Cllr Ian Pickles, Mayor of Broseley commented: “The Pipeworks is one of the many magnificent historic buildings in Broseley and I am delighted to re-open it for the summer season on behalf of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust. For many years Rex Key has been volunteering his time here and demonstrating the ancient art of pipe making. This year the Museum is keen to welcome new volunteers to act as demonstrators and guides around the museum and I would encourage anyone that is interested to contact the Museum to find out more by calling 01952 433424. The Pipeworks is a great asset for Broseley, as it not only celebrates this important aspect of the town’s history but also helps bring tourists to the area”.

Broseley Pipeworks is open from 1-5pm every day until 21 September 2014. Admission costs £5.25 for adults and £3.75 for children. To find out more about the Broseley Pipeworks and the other Ironbridge Gorge Museums 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).