It’s 50 years since man first walked on the moon. Now you can enjoy an immersive lunar experience at Enginuity, near Ironbridge in Shropshire when artist Luke Jerram’s enormous 7-metre spherical Moon sculpture is installed at the museum from 21 October to 10 November. Themed events will be held underneath the installation.
The awe-inspiring touring artwork was created using detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface with an approximate scale of 1:500,000 – each centimetre of the 7-metre spherical sculpture represents 5 kilometres of the moon’s surface!
Internally lit, the installation gives visitors a surreal up-close experience by fusing lunar imagery and moonlight with a surround sound composition by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award-winner Dan Jones.
Dine under the Museum of the Moon on 24 October at a special fundraising dinner with a champagne reception, raffle, live auction and speaker from the Lunar Society. Tickets for the ‘Ironbridge by Moonlight Dinner’ are £55 each, or a table of 10 is £500. For more information and to book tickets email Adam Siviter, Fundraising Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01952 435 900. Funds raised from the evening will help to support the Museum’s heritage conservation and education work, as well as contributing towards the Fund for the Future appeal.
Over the centuries, the moon has been interpreted as a god and as a planet, been used as a timekeeper, calendar and to aid night time navigation, and inspired artists, poets, scientists, writers and musicians the world over. Museum of the Moon allows you to make your own interpretation of the moon and its place in the world, contemplate the various beliefs and mythologies surrounding the moon and consider the latest moon science.
One of the 10 Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Enginuity is open from 10am until 4pm; entrance is £9.50 adults, £8.50 60 plus and £6.50 children 5-16, under 5s free. Some activities a small additional charge, in addition to the museum entrance fee.
Make the most of daytime visits to the museums with a great value Annual Passport Ticket, which allows multiple visits into all 10. It costs £26.50 per adult, £20.50 for seniors, £16.50 for children (16 years or under), £70 for a family of two adults and all their children and £50 for a family with one adult; under 5s free (terms and conditions apply). Passports can also be bought online in advance saving 5% and individual entry tickets are available at each museum. Activities will vary from day-to-day and some additional costs will apply.
For further information, call the Ironbridge Tourist Information Centre on 01952 433 424 or visit www.ironbridge.org.uk. The Gorge is easily reached via the M54 motorway exiting at Telford junction 4 or 6.