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Collection Summary

Collection Title
Science & Industry Collection
The collection includes a wide range of iron castings for a variety of purposes, including the Lewis collection.

It also includes the blast furnace built by Abraham Darby III, used to smelt the iron used for making the Iron Bridge itself.
The Lewis Collection of plateway, waggonway and railway artefacts is an important element in the collections. Blast furnace built by Abraham Darby III, and where he first successfullt smelted iron using coke instead of charcoal. Used for smelting the iron for the Iron Bridge in 1767.
Date range of collection
01/01/1735 -
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Location Details

Museum Of Iron And Darby Furnace
Great Warehouse Coalbrookdale Telford TF8 7DX
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Building Information
Grade SAM/II* The Darby furnace is protected in a purpose-built structure of recent date. The other buildings on the site are original Coalbrookdale Company buildings of mainly 18th. century date.
Collections Overview
Arguably the most important exhibit is the remains of the Darby Furnace itself. The unique Elton Collection of images of industry and technology in art is also a distinctive feature. The collection of iron castings, both decorative and industrial, is supported by early iron machines, steam engines, locomotives and power generating machines of various types.
Display Overview
The museum of Iron tells the story of ironmaking and of Coalbrookdale, and also shows items from the Elton Collection. The nearby warehouse tells the story of iron and its use in engineering.
Star Objects
The Darby furnace. Boy and Swan Fountain, 1851 Deerheard Hall table, 1813 William Ball's chair (The Shropshire Giant)
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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