Shropshire

Falcon Hildred artwork on show at Coalbrookdale Gallery

Moelwyn Mill, Tan y Grisiau © Crown copyright: Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales: Falcon Hildred Collection
Image caption The drawings and watercolours will be on display until April 2013.

A "unique record" of industrial buildings and landscapes, bought with lottery money, have gone on show at a Shropshire museum.

The drawings and watercolours by Falcon Hildred are being displayed at the Coalbrookdale Gallery in Ironbridge.

His artwork records Blaenau Ffestiniog and industrial towns including Grimsby, Coventry, London and Birmingham.

The collection was acquired with the help of a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) award of £46,700.

Dr Peter Wakelin, Secretary of the Royal Commission, said Mr Hildred's work was a "unique record of working-class culture and industrial landscapes" much of which has disappeared.

Dr Matt Thompson, from Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, said; "We believe that Ironbridge, internationally known as the birthplace of industry, is a fitting setting for this beautiful and evocative work which documents so eloquently the industrial past of both England and Wales."

The drawings and watercolours will be on display until April 2013.

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