Monthly Archives: May 2013

My Favourite Pictures: The Great Iron Bridge (1779)

Brilliant to see others appreciating the wonder of the Iron Bridge. Its an amazing feat of engineering and a very special part of the heritage of the Severn Gorge and Shropshire.

Francis Pryor - In the Long Run

I’ve been a very keen photographer all my life, starting as a child with a box Brownie, then moving on to a large Ilford, which I can remember taking to the Farnborough Air Show several years running. Later I acquired other cameras, usually 120 or 35mm format, which I sometimes lost on digs, or in pub car parks. It wasn’t until I started working for the Royal Ontario Museum in 1969 that I started to cherish the cameras I was given, starting, in 1970 with a superb Nikon F, with a detachable photomic head (for any camera nerds who might be reading). I loved that camera dearly: it was easy to use and very durable; several times I left it on the Land-Rover wing and drove off – I even got to recognise the sound of it hitting the loose gravel in the excavation car park. On those early digs…

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New IAVG Project – Craven Dunnill Tile Moulds

We’ve had a busy morning so far today as half a dozen volunteers and myself started to pack up a rather large collection of tile moulds from the Craven Dunnill tile works that were excavated during renovations to the Jackfield Tile Museum back in 2004. These moulds, which we’ve now packed up very carefully, are going to be transported to Coalbrookdale so that we can start to record and catalogue the various designs over the next couple of months. There are some really interesting designs and it will be a great chance for the volunteers to learn about finds recording and photographing, creating a catalogue, illustration and eventually putting together a short article on their findings that we could look to get published. Its really exciting and I’m looking forward to seeing the results.

IAVG Fieldwork in the Sunshine

At 10am on Sunday morning we met at Jackfield Tile Museum to go out with the LiDAR and historic map images to go and groundtruth the are around Bedlam Furnaces on the north bank of the River Severn. There were 7 of us in total and we started the morning with a trip into the ‘Stream’ exhibition (see Stream) as Viviana was going to give a short talk on the process she went through in using the groups photos from the last day of fieldwork in March to create this part of the exhibition. After this, we put on our walking boots and high viz gear and went to explore. The first anomaly was a large circular blackspot which on closer inspection turned out to be a laurel tree, however from then on we did identify so archaeology with a gully which would appear to have been a trackway, and possible evidence of the old wharf down by the river bank. We even ended up being taken to look at some features in a gentleman’s garden, which was very kind of him to grant us access. All in all it was a good few hours of work, and we look forward to going back and doing a bit more survey once the undergrowth starts to die down in ther Autumn.