Welcome to the Cinderloo 1821 website


The dramatic story of the Cinderloo Uprising took place 200 years ago on 1st and 2nd February 1821, when 3,000 miners, women and children marched in protest at proposed pay cuts and increasing poverty.  They gathered at the cinderhills of Old Park (now the Telford Forge Retail Park), where the protest culminated in a pitched battle with the Shropshire Yeomanry.  Two men were shot dead with many injured.  One man, Thomas Palin, was hung that April for “felonious riot”.

To mark the Bicentenary of this important event in the development of Telford, there are a number of events planned:


  • The Cinderloo Remembered exhibition opened on 23rd October and runs until Sunday 5th December at the Coalbrookdale Gallery.  The exhibition brings together much of the work we have been doing over the last 4 years, and led or delivered by more than 50 different artists, historians and activists.  It contains paintings, drawings, collage, prints, sculpture and film from 11 artists, school project work, archive materials loaned from Ironbridge Gorge Museums, the illustrated Cinderloo story, maps, family history, banners, poetry, zines, research and hundreds of photographs.The Exhibition is open: –
    • Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays from 10 – 4,
    • Saturdays and Sundays open 12 – 2
    • Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

    If driving, there is plenty of parking space, but you will need to pay. The exhibition is free to enter.  Why not combine with a visit to Enginuity or the Museum of Iron?

    Location – it is quite hard to describe! 

    The exhibition is located at the Museum of Iron in Coalbrookdale. The gallery is entered via the office door which is accessed by turning right before entering the forecourt in front of Enginuity and turning left into a small car park. An A board by the door will indicate that the exhibition is open

    On Saturdays and Sundays the exhibition will be hosted by our volunteers and we will publicise some additional workshops to focus on particular aspects of the project

  • Cinderloo Voices – the world’s first socially distanced riot. Due to COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings we have had to delay this event until it can be done safely, but we plan for this to happen on February 2nd 2022.  In the meantime, we are appealing to people to get involved and help contribute sounds to be combined with images and video as part of an audio-visual light show that will be broadcast in a central Telford location and streamed through local social media channels .  We are working with well known light and sound artist, Andy McKeown for this event.  
  • Telford and Wrekin Council has agreed to name the railway bridge at Central Park – the Cinderloo Bridge. It is located close to where Tom Palin lived, on the Silkin Way joining North and South Telford.  Look out for the official announcement for the 200th Anniversary date of 2nd February 2021
  • There is a display of Cinderloo information and artworks now available to view at the Coalbrookdale Free Little Gallery in the bus shelter opposite the Community Centre.
  • Read more on our Events page.


Cinderloo1821 is a group of local historians, artists, writers and many other interested people who have gathered together to raise awareness of the event and commemorate it in a series of activities leading up to the 200th Anniversary in 2021.   Read more about who we are and what we are doing here.

We would love more people to learn about the Cinderloo Story and get involved.

If you are interested in participating in events, sharing research, ideas, writing or art work, or in volunteering find out more here, and get in contact.

See latest news and learn more about some of our projects or visit our Events page to find what is happening, and read about previous activities.

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