Project Iron Bridge: saving an industrial icon

by English Heritage in Ironbridge, England, United Kingdom

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On 10th December 2017 we successfully raised £47,545 with 911 supporters in 30 days

The Iron Bridge is one of the wonders of the modern world. After the strain of two centuries, the bridge is at risk. You can help save it.

by English Heritage in Ironbridge, England, United Kingdom

Video: stretch target: you've helped reach £25,000+ in 48 hours

Thank you for supporting Project Iron Bridge; we’ve been amazed and touched by your response. In less than 48 hours, over 500 of you rallied to save the bridge and we are hugely grateful to everyone for their generosity.

In response to your overwhelming support, we have now increased our target by £15,000 to support the final part of Project Iron Bridge – painting the 378 ton masterpiece. This will protect the bridge from the wind and the rain for decades to come.

One of the finishing touches to the project will be the hand-painting of each letter of the inscription that stretches along the Iron Bridge’s span over the river. The inscription links the bridge firmly with the local Shropshire town of Coalbrookdale where workers braved the furnaces, casting the brand new and unknown material which would become the world’s first iron bridge. In the tradition of their labour and ingenuity, our specialist conservators will use cutting-edge paint technology that is sensitive towards the historic iron and closely matches the original colour. They will work metres above the River Severn to painstakingly re-touch each letter of the paintwork.

Please spread the word so that we can make it happen.

Thank you so much! From Morgan, Matt, and the team at the Iron Bridge.


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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Exclusive thank you film Delivered from 18 December

£15 or more

£15 Reward

Postcard of Paul Catherall's exclusive Iron Bridge print + Thank you film Both delivered from 18 December

£30 or more

139 of 140 claimed

£30 Reward

Tote bag featuring Paul Catherall's exclusive Iron Bridge print + Postcard of Paul Catherall's exclusive Iron Bridge print + Thank you film All delivered from 18 December

£50 or more

51 of 100 claimed

£50 Reward

Extended thank you film with behind-the-scenes footage + Tote bag featuring Paul Catherall's exclusive Iron Bridge print + Postcard of Paul Catherall's exclusive Iron Bridge print All delivered from 18 December

£100 or more

66 of 65 claimed

£100 Reward

Two places on conservation-in-action tour of the Iron Bridge + Extended thank you film with behind-the-scenes footage + Tote bag featuring Paul Catherall's exclusive Iron Bridge print + Postcard of Paul Catherall's exclusive Iron Bridge print We will contact you by 31 January to offer a choice of dates in spring 2018 for the tour. Other rewards delivered from 18 December.

£275 or more

34 of 38 claimed

£275 Reward

Exclusive signed, limited edition print of the Iron Bridge by Paul Catherall + Extended thank you film with behind-the-scenes footage + Postcard of Paul Catherall's exclusive Iron Bridge print All delivered from 18 December

£1,000 or more

4 of 5 claimed

£1,000 Reward

Private conservation-in-action tour of the Iron Bridge for you and a guest + Exclusive signed, limited edition print of the Iron Bridge by Paul Catherall + Extended thank you film with behind-the-scenes footage + Postcard of Paul Catherall's exclusive Iron Bridge print We will contact you by 31 January to offer a choice of dates in spring 2018 for the tour. Other rewards delivered from 18 December.

£2,500 or more

3 of 3 claimed

£2,500 Reward

Private, expert-led conservation-in-action tour of the Iron Bridge for you and five guests + Become a Founding English Heritage Guardian + Exclusive signed, limited edition print of the Iron Bridge by Paul Catherall + Extended thank you film with behind-the-scenes footage + Postcard of Paul Catherall's Iron Bridge print We will contact you by 31 January with a choice of dates in spring 2018 for the tour. Other rewards delivered from 18 December.


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