Welcome to the Cinderloo 1821 website

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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 will open for the last time on Saturday 5th March 11am to 1pm at the Coalbrookdale Gallery next to the Museum of Iron.  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. There is also a display to launch the new initiative Touch Telford, a people’s history of Telford.

    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

Artworks in the exhibition are for sale! For details and how to get in contact, see Artists Price List

Other events planned for 2022:

  • Shadows in the dust–  using the images and sounds captured by Andy McKeown for the project we have agreed to showcase at the Orbit community cinema on 9th May and we will  arrange a series of local light shows focusing on local historic sites
  • Completion of the renaming and marking of the ‘Cinderloo Bridge’ at Central Park in conjunction with Telford and Wrekin Council’s refurbishment of the Silken Way
  • Sharing of Family History research with Shropshire Family History Society 
  • Publication of Andrew Naylor’sSlag-spotters Guide
  • Continuation of the walks and talks planned with partners
  • Read more on our Events page.

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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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