Living museum expands with two new Victorian-style buildings

Date Posted: 19/03/2015

Blists Hill Victorian Town, one of Shropshire’s ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums is adding to its offering with two new transport buildings.

The Spry, the last remaining Lower Severn Trow will be given a new home, which is due to open during the summer.

Trows were used to transport raw materials and finished goods up and down the river Severn before the railways took over this role and are one of the unsung heroes of the Industrial Revolution.

The new building will protect The Spry from the elements and contain an exhibition about the boat, while a walkway over the deck will allow visitors to see the boat from a whole new perspective.

Elsewhere around the town, the transport story continues as another new building is being created to house the museum’s replica Trevithick Engine, arguably the world’s first steam powered locomotive, along with two other historic boats, a Canal Ice Breaker and Canal Tub Boat.

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