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Adopt an Object you love at The Ironbridge Gorges Museums (11th May 2015)

Adopt an Object you love at The Ironbridge Gorges Museums

The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust in Shropshire has launched a brilliant way to show you care about its amazing collections. By adopting one of the Museum’s special objects, you will be helping the charity to care for its nationally designated collections and supporting its education programmes.

You can now adopt an object such as the Dentist’s Chair at Blists Hill Victorian Town, the iconic Deerhound Hall Table in the Museum of Iron, the delightful set of four Noah’s Ark tiles at Jackfield Tile Museum or the stunning Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Vase at Coalport China Museum. These items help to tell the story of how the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site became known as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution – an event which changed the world forever.

Supporters can go to the Museum’s website and choose to adopt any one of 11 of our most popular objects for as little as £50. Benefits of adoption (depending on the level you choose) include; a certificate which you can proudly display, an information sheet about your object, a text credit on the Museum website, which gives you the opportunity to tell everyone why you have adopted the object, invitations to visit the museums, a behind the scenes tour with a curator and a credit line on the object.

Ruth Brown, Fundraising Manager, said: “This is a great opportunity to create a personal connection with one of the objects from our collections by adopting it for 12 months. You will receive a number of benefits whilst also knowing that you are really helping to support our charitable aims.

“This would make a fantastic gift idea for someone for any occasion. We are hoping to add more objects to the range soon and if anyone is interested in adopting an item not on the website then just get in touch to speak to me and we can discuss whether it is possible.”

All of the Museum’s collections are designated of national importance. They include art and memorabilia relating to industrial history, Coalbrookdale ironwork and engines, decorative ceramics, especially Coalport China and Maws’ tiles and the Darby Collection, which covers the homes, furnaces, possessions and records of the Darby family.

To find out more about adopting an object, go to