By Paul Homewood
h/t Ian Magness/David Bishop
Now the Ironbridge Museum has gone woke!
Ironbridge Gorge is best known as the birthplace of the industrial revolution. But the Unesco World Heritage Site is also considering adopting the moniker “birthplace of climate change”.
The head of the site’s 10 museums, on the edge of Telford, Shropshire, told The Sunday Telegraph that he wanted to teach visitors about Britain’s role in global warming and showcase the district as an example for transitioning to clean manufacturing.
Ironbridge was “the Silicon Valley of its day” and made Britain the leading economic power of its age, said Nick Ralls, of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust.
“The other side of that same coin is that the iron smelting experiments happening in the gorge really signalled the beginning of pollution. It was those early beginnings that lead … to pollution that’s still happening today.”
The museums are updating their displays to include descriptions of how the innovations pioneered in the area led not only to the modern economy but to climate change. That includes considering making use of the phrase “birthplace of climate change”.
“It’s an evocative phrase to use and one which we’re thinking through carefully,” he said, “ [but] if we use that phrase we need to follow it up with action”.
The museums will also look to incorporate the legacy of the Cop26 climate summit into their exhibits.
The trust is among a number of industrial heritage institutions across Britain that are having to confront changing attitudes to the country’s history of heavy industry and pollution.
The National Mining Museum of Scotland and the Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life are among those putting on special events for Cop26, which is being held in Glasgow next month.
Mr Ralls told The Telegraph that Telford and the Ironbridge Gorge area showed how industrial areas could move with the times and meet demands from the likes of Greta Thunberg for action.
“The gorge itself and Telford is a good example of a success story of how a district has reinvented itself. It was attached to all these old polluting processes and it’s moved on and is at the cutting edge of technology and industrial development.”
Telford is now home to AceOn, a battery technology and energy storage company, while hi-tech trains are being tested in the area.
Ironbridge’s industrial heritage began in the first decade of the 18th century, when the experiments of Abraham Darby in Coalbrookdale led him to develop the method of smelting iron using coking coal instead of charcoal, producing a superior and cheaper metal.
I cannot understand what is wrong with simply presenting history to visitors, who I suspect have little interest in being lectured to. I have been to Ironbridge several times, and each time I leave inspired by the achievements of those days.
This latest news coincides with Greta’s latest attack, which singles out Britain, because “we started climate change”. Colin Brazier and David Starkey hit back on GB News:
The Telegraph piece talks about having to confront changing attitudes to the country’s history of heavy industry and pollution.
But as with so much woke nonsense nowadays, the public at large do not share these changing attitudes. At the end of the GB News video, they show the result of their poll:
OK, this may be biased towards GB News viewers, but I suspect a national poll would produce a similar result.
via NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT
October 17, 2021