As part of the nationwide Museums at Night festival of arts, culture and heritage, Enginuity, one of the 10 Ironbridge Gorge Museums will be opening its doors free of charge on Friday 18 May from 5pm- 8pm. During the evening you can join a talk and tour of two of the latest temporary exhibitions at Coalbrookdale and take part in hands-on family printing workshops.
At the workshops younger visitors can create their own designs based on the various styles in the School of Art exhibition using simple block, relief or collagraph techniques and compare them to today’s innovative 3D printing techniques in the Fab Lab.
The evening is also a great opportunity to experience the giant techno exhibits in Enginuity. Discover how a little ingenuity will empower you to pull a 10-ton locomotive by hand, generate electricity from flowing water, build an earthquake proof tower. There's also a play area for smaller children and a shop packed with great science, design and technology inspired toys.
The highlight of the evening for adults will be the chance to join a guided tour around the site to discover more about the history of some of the original Coalbrookdale Company buildings before walking around the ‘Vote or No Vote’ exhibition on The Green. The outdoor installation marks the centenary of women’s right to vote and the inequality that continued for a further 10 years. The exhibition features 37 life-sized silhouettes of women representing those who gained the vote out of some 160 who were working in the Gorge. Women could only vote if they were at least 30 years old and if they, or their husband, owned a certain amount of property.
The tour also takes in a new exhibition at the Coalbrookdale Gallery, adjacent to Enginuity. Schooling Good Taste - The Coalbrookdale School of Art, 1856-1924 explores the artists and the artwork that came out of the school. Themes of style, taste and design examine the broader story of Victorian aesthetics with original design work and objects from the Coalbrookdale Company, Maw & Co. and Craven Dunnill & Co. held in the Museum’s Library and Archives.
The 40-minute talk and tour is best suited to those over 15 years old and the drop-in Enginuity workshops are suitable for all ages. Entry is free but tickets must be booked in advance at www.ironbridge.org.uk. You can also call the Tourist Information Centre on 01952 433424 for more information.