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            Family History Society                                  Registered Charity 1100843

Saturday 24th April 2010

Ironbridge Gorge Museum – Glass Meeting Room, The Coach Road, Coalbrookdale, Telford, Shropshire TF8 7DQ
10.30 am    Arrival & tea/coffee
10.55          Welcome - by Margaret Page ( QFHS Chair )
11.00          Gillian Whitham - Ironbridge Gorge Heritage Site Museums - Introduction
11.10 – 11.45          Gillian Whitham   - “The Darby Houses and Quaker Costume collection” - Gillian Whitham is the Curatorial officer for the Darby Houses
11.45 - 12:30          Michael Darby    - “ Coke, Quakers and Charcoal – Abraham Darby I and Coalbrookdale”
                                - Michael Darby is a direct descendant of Abraham Darby 1 and Vice President of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust
12.30 – 13.15          - Neil Clarke - “William Reynolds - a man of many parts"
                                - Neil Clarke of the Broseley Local history Group. He is a past Chair of the Friends of the Museum.

13.15 – 14.15 Lunch – bring your own or use the small museum Cafeteria (note: no return to the meeting room after 14.15). Toilet facilities at the Darby houses are limited

14:15 – 15:00          - Walk or be shuttled to the Darby houses (250 yds - steep climb - disabled parking only).
                                 The more able might like to visit the nearby Broseley Friends Burial Ground further uphill
15:00 – 17:00          Visit Darby Houses and Abraham’s furnace accompanied by Michael Darby (health permitting)

Cost for the day - £6 per person - payable in advance – includes entry to the Darby houses (normally over £4)

  • Please let us know you will be attending
  • Everyone is welcome - you do not need to be a member of QFHS. Bring a friend and your family records to share.
  • The QFHS Bookstall will be present with a range of Quaker related books to browse and purchase.

  • Ironbridge Gorge Museum is in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, 1 of 10 museums so why not make a long weekend of it. See the nearby world's first iron bridge spanning the River Severn. See 300 years ago the Industrial Revolution was born here. In 1709 Abraham Darby, Quaker, perfected the secret of smelting iron with coke rather than charcoal.

    The Darby Houses - At the Darby Houses you'll gain an insight into the gracious lifestyle of the Darby family. Rosehill House, was one of their and their descendants homes during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and many of the rooms are lavishly decorated with the original furniture. Adjacent to Rosehill House is Dale House, which includes the original wood-panelled study, where the great Quaker Ironmaster Abraham Darby III finalised his preparations and plans for the construction of the worlds first Iron bridge. As you wonder around the Darby Houses, you can read extracts from the personal Darby family papers, giving you further insight into the thoughts of this revolutionary family.

    The Glass Meeting Room is next to Enginuity to the rear of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum
    Road: Take junction 4 from the M54 and follow brown signs for Enginuity and the Ironbridge Gorge Museum. Car parking at the museum – £1 charge applies
    Rail: Telford Central Station is 5 miles north. For rail info call 08457 484 950. Please let us know if you will require to be picked up and returned
    Bus: services in Telford area - call Telford Travelink on 01952 200 005.

    Click for printable booking form

    Please return your completed form and A5 size SAE to:
    Richard Wilcockson, 68, Gifford Terrace Road, PLYMOUTH PL3 4JE. - He will send a map of the venue and area