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Saturday evening – invite to delegates

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Delegate Information: Coach Timetables

During the conference complimentary coaches will be available for delegates at various times at the start and finish of each day. A full timetable of the coach times and pick up / drop off points is available here.

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Delegate informaton: conference venue

To help delegates during their stay we have a simple map of the conference venue available. The conference takes place between the Ironbridge Institute and Enginuity Building.

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Ironbridge Gorge Brass Band Festival

The evening of Saturday 13th July sees the Brass Band Festival in the beautiful outdoors of The Green at the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron. Now in its ninth year, this event showcases some of the finest brass bands from Shropshire and the surrounding counties and is the largest, non-competitive brass band festival in the country.


Delegates can join the crowd watching the festival, which will feature 16 brass bands including the Jackfield Elcock Reisen Band, the Jaguar Landrover Band, the Abraham Darby Brass Band, Wem Jubilee Brass Band, Cleobury Mortimer Brass Band, Llangollen Silver Band, City of Wolverhampton Brass Band, Black Country Brass Band, Shropshire Youth Band, Wrekin Brass, Shrewsbury Brass Band, Wellington Brass Band, Newport Town Band, Salopian Brass and Crewe Brass Band.

Neil Fury, Chairman, said: “This year’s festival looks like being even bigger and better. It’s thanks to our sponsors and volunteers that the festival is such a success and it couldn’t take place without the support and enthusiasm of the local community and the wonderful bands, which all perform their amazing music.”

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Day delegate rate now available

The conference committee are pleased to announce that a day delegate rate is now available to anyone wishing to attend the conference.

Day delegate rates are inclusive off all sessions running on the day booked (including the conference visits if booking for the Saturday), refreshments and lunches, and the conference proceedings CD, issued post-conference to all delegates.

To register for the conference and take advantage of this great rate please visit our secure online shop

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Pit Profiles: Re-Profiled Exhibition

We are pleased to announce that delegates will have the opportunity to visit this exciting new exhibition opening at the Coalbrookdale Gallery on 21st June.

Pit Profiles: Re-Profiled is an absorbing and thought-provoking exhibition of miner’s portraits and their personal stories.

The collection is made up of evocative contemporary photographs of colliery workers taken by Anton Want along with a selection of drawings of pit workers by H Andrew Freeth, originally published in the 1940s and 50s.

The relevance of such an exhibition touches many areas, from workers experience to the visual arts, and we hope that many of you will take the opportunity to enjoy the exhibition.

The exhibition is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm, perfect for conference breaks.


Note to delegates

Holding the conference in the stunning Ironbridge Gorge provides an opportunity to reflect upon one of the most significant, and successful, industrial heritage sites in the world. One of the challenges of working with industrial sites is its compatibility with the demands of modern technology. Delegates may find that whilst in the gorge there is limited mobile phone signal and access to the internet will also be limited. This will not be a problem in Telford or in the surrounding areas and we hope that it will give delegates the opportunity to focus on the proceedings and to get the most out of the conference during the day.

Any problems please contact the team