I’ve recently started the CBA funded Community Archaeology Training Placement at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, and so far so good. Ironbridge is the birthplace of Industry, where in the early eighteenth century Abraham Darby I first worked out how to use coke to smelt iron allowing the mass production of cast iron to begin. As a result this area is jam-packed with industrial archaeology of all types from iron working, coal mining and even tile, brick and pottery manufacturing at sites such as Coalport and Jackfield. Its a really exciting place to work, and I hope that with the events and projects planning to go ahead over the coming year, it will be a great chance for people to become involved with archaeology in this area. There will be educational workshops, survey opportunities and hopefully a chance to do some excavation as well. In addition to that there are a number of projects planned which will involve the help and support of the Ironbridge Archaeology Volunteer Group as well. So stay tuned to see what we get up to and if you’re interested in becoming a volunteer please do not hesitate to get in touch.