Chrisbeon today made its mark in the ground of the Ironbridge Gorge as we became one of the founder builders to support the future of the historic site.
Why is Ironbridge important?
The area around the town of Ironbridge is known as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and the furnace, which stands in the heart of Coalbrookdale, is where Abraham Darby perfecting the technique of smelting iron with coke.
The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust (IGMT) launched Fund for the Future, a bid to raise £1 million by 2021 which will then be match-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
What are we supporting?
As part of that bid the 1,000 Builders Campaign was launched and IGMT appealed for businesses across the UK to step up and support them – and we were proud to put ourselves forward.
The money will be used for specialist work to maintain some of the key buildings in Coalbrookdale, including Darby’s Old Furnace, the Quaker Burial Ground and the Coalbrookdale Company Warehouses.
An iron plaque, forged by Bridgnorth-based Grainger & Worrall, and etched with our company name, has now been laid in the grounds of Coalbrookdale, near Enginuity, marking our contribution.
We are a founder builder for the campaign but as more businesses sign up further ceremonies will be held and more plaques laid in the grounds – and the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust will be closer to their goal and closer to securing the important buildings and monuments for future generations to enjoy.