Working replica of world’s first at Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge on display this summer
England as the birthplace of the steam locomotive has been revealed as part of VisitEngland’s Hall of Fame to celebrate St George’s Day. Later this summer a working replica of the world’s first steam locomotive can be seen in action at Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge, Shropshire.
The steam locomotive will be featured in the hotly anticipated, free, Hall of Fame exhibition, which opens to the public on St George’s Day, 23 April and runs for a week until 30th April at the Observation Point on London’s Southbank. It achieved a Bronze award in the Hall of Fame Inventions and Discoveries category.
The search to establish England’s Hall of Fame began in February when the tourist board asked the public to submit their suggestions. The Hall of Fame app received almost 1,000 submissions from Harry Potter to Harry Styles, the mini skirt to the tuxedo, the Beatles to punk music, and Earl Grey tea to the Scotch egg.
A panel of experts has awarded a bronze, silver and gold across six categories, to celebrate the best of what England has brought to the world and what makes the country such a diverse and fascinating place to visit and explore. The public has also been given a vote; The People’s Choice will be revealed on St George’s Day. The Hall of Fame expert panel included VisitEngland Chairman, Lady Cobham and VisitEngland Chief Executive, James Berresford.
For more information about Blists Hill Victorian Town and the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums visit www.ironbridge.org.uk or for details of where to stay and other places to visit in and around the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site see www.visitironbridge.co.uk.