The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust was Founded in 1967. It is a registered charity with the twin aims of education and conservation. The Trust manages 10 museums along with 36 scheduled monuments and listed buildings, a research library, a Tourist Information Centre, two youth hostels, archaeological sites, historic woodlands, housing, two chapels, and two Quaker burial grounds.
Ironbridge Gorge is known across the world as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. It was designated a World Heritage Site in 1986.The Trust is in the privileged position of having its entire collection Designated as being of national importance and these collections cover a diverse range including art and memorabilia relating to the industrial revolution, decorative ceramics and ironwork.
The Trust is one of the largest independent Museums in the world employing over 200 people. The Museum welcomes over half a million visitors a year from across the world, including 70,000 educational visitors. The Trust has a wide network of regional and national partners and as an Arts Council England Major Partner Museum plays a leadership role for the sector.