Every year for a while now the Masters and their consorts have descended en masse on the heritage sites around Ironbridge. I’m not sure of the collective noun for Masters but a ‘soaking’ may be appropriate as a reference to the capacity of many (but not me, Dear Reader of course) to drink copious amounts. In our case it would also recognise the weather which was hostile with torrential rain for much of the time; such a shame we had unseasonal weather as the collection of museums is fascinating and the presentation of artefacts both original and fun with many practical demonstrations of 18th and 19thcentury trades.
As part of the weekend we visited Blists Hill, a collection of historic buildings brought together to recreate a town in the late nineteenth century. Each of the shops still functions and cleverly blends original artefacts with modern recreations which are available to buy. A plasterer’s workshop is at the back of the parade with two volunteers demonstrating the process for producing plaster cornices and other items used in the building trade at the time.
If you have chance to visit Ironbridge and its multiple sites all nestling in a pretty valley, do so; it comes with my recommendation.