|A wet beginning to our day...|
|The starting point for our Industrial Revolution adventure|
|The first cast iron bridge|
|Up close inspection...|
|A break in the rain for our group shot!|
From the Iron Bridge, we made our way to the Museum of Iron where we explored some early blast furnaces, learned more about the process of making iron and the important impact of coal as a source of fuel.
|Ron pointing out important aspects of the blast furnace|
|Ron and the crew|
|The Museum of Iron|
|Erik F excited to learn about the history of iron!|
Ron then took us to the tar tunnels, which ooze bitumen from their walls (and required students to wear hard hats which we're finding makes for excellent photo-ops!). Walking through the tunnel, we could still see the black, sticky substance running like sap from a tree.
|Heading into the tunnel|
|An underground group shot|
Our final stop of the day was the Coalport China Museum, which used to house some of the most expansive ceramic facilities in the UK. Our time here was a bit rushed, but we were able to get a sense of how the use of coal impacted the important local industry. From there it was back to Shrewsbury for an evening of class discussion relating the outings to our readings about the economics of technological innovation throughout the era.
|View of the countryside from the coach|