Where: Blists Hill Victorian Town, Shropshire
£: Free entry for those born on 1st April (Easter Monday). Normal admission price is 15.95 for adults, 12.50 for the 60+ and 10.50 for children. An Annual Passport Ticket allowing daytime entry into all ten Ironbridge Gorge museums with unlimited return visits, costs 24 for adults, 19 for the 60+, 15.25 for children and 65 for a family ticket; under 5s free.
What is it?
Blists Hill Victorian Town, one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge museums, will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2013 with a variety of special events and activities. The town gives visitors the opportunity to experience life as it was over 100 years ago through the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of a recreated Victorian town.
On the actual Anniversary Day itself, Monday 1st April 2013, Blists Hill will be offering free entry to those born on 1st April (as long as they can show ID at the pay desk proving their date of birth).
A new exhibition in the Goods Shed will showcase how the town has evolved over the last forty years. There will be panels looking at developments over each decade from 1973 to the present day. Visitors are invited to share their own memories of visiting, working and volunteering at Blists Hill Victorian Town over the years and chat to the Curatorial Officer.
On 1st April, there will be two special tours and talks looking at different aspects of the town, including a fascinating insight into the historic costumes worn by the demonstrators around Blists Hill. The talk will explore what was worn in the Victorian period and how the wardrobe department, in conjunction with the curatorial team, researches and makes every garment on site; from the dresses worn by the ladies in the cottages to the hard-wearing workers’ clothing for the engine drivers and foundry men. This talk will take place at 12 noon in the Goods Shed.
More info: www.ironbridge.org.uk