Six Miles

Arts Council England funded project (residency and exhibition). 2012-13
Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust | Severn Gorge Countryside Trust


Source – a survey of land by foot

Exploring the post-industrial landscape of a World Heritage Site in Shropshire; with the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, the Severn Gorge Countryside Trust, and the Youth Hostel Association. Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust operates ten museums and 25 scheduled outdoor monuments in Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge, Jackfield and Coalport, along a six-mile stretch of the River Severn. Public programmes included working with the Ironbridge Gorge Archaeology Volunteer Group (The Bedlam Transect – photographic brief), and the Ironbridge Walking Festival (cultural destinations).

Walking residency staying at hostels / solo exhibition with publications / museum and gallery public programmes / countryside culture programme (trail walking) / workshops with volunteers, local community and family drop-in sessions

Luce Choules – project supported by Arts Council England, through Grants for the Arts

Lala Thorpe – cultural producer and education curator

Project partners:
Steve Miller, Director of IGMT | Dr Matt Thompson, Senior Curator IGMT | Shane Kelleher, Museum Archaeologist (monuments and historic buildings) IGMT, Co-ordinator of the Ironbridge Gorge Archaeology Volunteer Group, and the Ironbridge Young Archaeologists’ Club | Tamsin Rowe, Curator IGMT | Ian Bapty, Industrial Heritage Support Officer | Russell Rowley, Trust Manager SGCT | Nathan Morris, Countryside Officer SGCT | Penny Ellis, Manager YHA Ironbridge Coalport.

Environmental Art, Curated Landscapes, Cultural Tourism, Physical Geography, Outdoor Monuments, Survey, Fieldwork.

World Heritage Site:
Ironbridge Gorge – UNESCO link

IMGT project partner logos


Solo show Stream | 26.04.13 – 31.05.13
Footprint Gallery, Jackfield Tile Museum, Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Shropshire, UK.
Curated with Dr. Matt Thompson (Senior Curator, IGMT) and Tamsin Rowe (Curator IGMT)
Stream – ten double-faced folio works showing surface details of Bedlam Furnace, a museum display cabinet containing collected objects (past and present), five photographic images of rocks from the George Maw Geology Collection plus one image of the countryside from Benthall Hall, four wall mounted photographic maps showing details observed in Patten’s Rock Quarry, and a small square of drawings on 25 unglazed tiles. Also, exhibition catalogues containing 41 images litho-printed single-sided in map format displayed folded to the side of a wall-mounted poster version attached with map pins. In addition, three blackboard maps and two large-scale drawing sheets showing notation from staff and public workshops, and a giant mapping display of photographic images showing experimental fieldwork with the volunteer archaeology group. A total of 1,000 publications were produced for this partnership.