Enginuity

Enginuity
Coach Road
Coalbrookdale
Telford
Shropshire
TF8 7DQ
England

Website

www.ironbridge.org.uk/our_attractions/enginuity/

E-mail

Visitor Information Centre

tic@ironbridge.org.uk

Telephone

Visitor Information Centre

01952 433 424

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Enginuity
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Packed with hands-on experiences and interactive exhibits, a visit to this fun-filled science and technology centre is great fun for all ages. Investigate science and discover more about the power of technology at Enginuity.

• Discover how a little ingenuity will empower you to pull a 10 ton locomotive by hand or generate electricity from flowing water
• Look at familiar objects with new eyes using the giant x-ray machine
• Build an earthquake proof tower
• Challenge our robotic arm to test the speed of your reactions
• Sketch out your own ideas in the design zone
• Join in one of our great hands-on school holiday workshops including: Speed, Techno Terrors and Space Race
• Watch amazing interactive shows during most school holiday workshops

Throughout the year there will also be a fun and challenging series of hands on activities and special events for all ages and abilities.

Venue Type:

Museum, Industrial heritage site, Science centre

Opening hours

Seven days a week from 10am until 5pm

Closed: 24 & 25 December and 01 January

Admission charges

Adults £7.85, 60 Plus £6.75 and Children £6.75

Annual Passport Ticket to all ten of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums allowing repeat visits all year- Adult £22.50, 60 Plus £18.25, Children £14.75 and Family £61.50 (2A & 3C)

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • International Council of Museums
  • English Heritage
Getting there

The Ironbridge Gorge is on the River Severn, 5 miles (8km) south of Telford town centre in Shropshire. Take junction 4 or junction 6 off the M54. Follow brown and white signs to Ironbridge Gorge.

For Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron, Enginuity and Darby Houses, follow Coalbrookdale Museums.

Collection details

Industry, Science and Technology

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Devil's in the Detail The Wrekin feed and water trough by S Corbett and Son of Wellington

Devil’s in the Detail

  • 1 October 2013 — 30 April 2014 *on now

The Devil’s in the Detail, a new exhibition opening at the Enginuity design and technology centre near Ironbridge, Shropshire from 1st October, will celebrate the steady hand and eagle eye of the Victorian trade catalogue engraver. It will feature large scale prints and audio description to help make the exhibition accessible to visitors who are blind or partially sighted.

From the late medieval period right up until the 20th century, images were painstakingly engraved and then reproduced on the printing press. Even after the invention of photography the skill of the engraver remained very much in demand and yet engravers seldom gained public recognition for their skills. Particularly overlooked were those who engraved for trade catalogues which were rendered with the same respect and accuracy as any piece of fine art. This new exhibition aims to redress this and champions the great skill of the Victorian trade catalogue engravers.

Developed with the support of the RNIB, the exhibition will feature large scale reproductions of the engravings. These magnified reproductions will help make the exhibition accessible to visitors who may be partially-sighted and will clearly demonstrate the extent of the engravers’ skill. It is only when the prints are viewed at this size that you can truly see ‘the devil’s in the detail’. The big images will be displayed alongside original sized prints, produced on the Museum’s own Victorian printing press.

Tactile material, including reproduction printing blocks will be available for handling and visitors who are blind or partially sighted will be able to hear about the displays by means of ‘Pen Friends’. These devices, kindly donated by the RNIB, will use creative audio description to bring the engravings and objects to life.

This exhibition draws on the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust’s collection of rare nineteenth-century wood engravings from the catalogues of the Coalbrookdale Company and S Corbett and Sons, a firm of agricultural engineers based in Wellington, Shropshire.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission prices apply.

Website

http://www.​ironbridge.​org.​uk/​our_​attractions/​enginuity/​

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Ben Ball and Lyndsey Bird prepare for Museums at Night in the Fab Lab at Enginuity

Giant Patchwork Quilt

  • 17 May 2014 5:30-7:30pm

As part of Museums at Night, the annual late night festival of arts, culture, and heritage, Enginuity, one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums, is looking for people to help make a new piece of art in the form of a contemporary ‘patchwork quilt’. This modern take on traditional needlework will feature images of visitors’ own faces etched onto sheets of brightly coloured acrylic. At the end of the evening the artwork will be illuminated to reveal all the colours and etchings.

The free family event, which runs from 5.30pm until 7.30pm on Saturday, 17th May, is also a great opportunity for everyone to experience the giant techno exhibits in Enginuity.

Rather than sewing together squares of fabric, the Enginuity team are re-inventing the concept using their brand new Fab Lab to etch the images. The state-of-the-art design and manufacture facility houses 3D printers, moulding equipment and high powered laser cutters.

Once all of the individual panels have been joined together with cable ties, the finished ‘quilt’ will be hung in Enginuity as a lasting reminder of this fun event.

Various quilts have been created by museum visitors over the years; the last, which comprised individually decorated squares, was made by local community groups to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site. The museum is now keen to develop the theme across a wide variety of media.

Traci Dix-Williams, Director of Operations commented: “We have taken part in Museums at Night for a number of years and it’s always a great way for the local community and visitors to enjoy free admission to Enginuity and take part in fun workshops and unique activities. There is a great history of quilt making in this area, by both individuals and groups for practical and decorative reasons, as well as being used to commemorate events or as a means of telling stories. We are thrilled that our visitors will be able to make a truly personalised contribution to the quilt by having an image of their own face featured in this unique work of art. The project sums up the spirit of Ironbridge as we have taken a historic tradition and reinvented it for the 21st century”.

Admission to Enginuity will be free of charge from 5.30pm until 7.30pm on Saturday, 17th May. And as previous years have shown, fun is an integral part of Museums at Night. Wild appears to fully buy in to the principle of museums staying open after dark. “I’m quite drawn to the idea of museums doing special events and trying to be more inclusive," he adds. And as previous years have shown, fun is an integral part of Museums at Night. Wild appears to fully buy in to the principle of museums staying open after dark. “I’m quite drawn to the idea of museums doing special events and trying to be more inclusive," he adds. For further information about the Ironbridge Gorge Museums, contact the Ironbridge Visitor Information Centre on Tel: 01952 433 424 or visit www.ironbridge.org.uk. The Gorge is easily reached via the M6 and M54 motorways exiting at Telford (M54 junction 4 or 6).

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.ironbridge.org.uk

Carbon filament

Energy on the Move

  • 24 — 30 May 2014
  • 1 June 2014 10am-3:45pm

Discover more about different types of energy and how energy transfers in some fantastic interactive activities. Then make your own dancing jitterbug and see how it transfers electrical energy into kinetic energy. Daily sessions 10.30am-3.45pm; small additional charge for materials plus admission; activities vary from day-to-day. Event will be held at:

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Small additional charge for materials plus admission; activities vary from day-to-day.

Website

http://www.ironbridge.org.uk

Getting there

The Ironbridge Gorge is on the River Severn, 5 miles (8km) south of Telford town centre in Shropshire. Take junction 4 or junction 6 off the M54. Follow brown and white signs to Ironbridge Gorge.

For Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron, Enginuity and Darby Houses, follow Coalbrookdale Museums.

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