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About Shropshire Archives

Who we are

We’re the archives and local studies service for the historic county of Shropshire This includes the borough of Telford and Wrekin.

We preserve and make accessible documents, books, maps, photographs, plans and drawings relating to Shropshire past and present.

Onsite, we have 5½ miles of shelving, holding local material from 12th Century charters right up to yesterday’s Shropshire Star.

Around 6,000 people per year visit us, with many more reaching us via our website. We provide a service for schools, as well as an outreach and events programme. We also have many opportuntities for volunteers.

We’re funded by Shropshire Council and the borough of Telford and Wrekin. We are supported by the Friends of Shropshire Archives.

We are an accredited archive service. Archive Service Accreditation is the UK standard for archive services, defining good practice across the sector.

Watch more about Shropshire Archives’ accreditation on You Tube.

Shropshire Archives is a full member of Archives West Midlands, an independent charity, which aims to maximise the benefits of archives services across the West Midlands working together. AWM collaborates on projects and strategy, and provides training, resources and advocacy.


In 1995 the County Record Office and Local Studies Library came together in purpose-built accommodation in the town centre.

From 1995 to 2003, the building was known as the Shropshire Records and Research Centre. After consultation, in 2003 the name changed to Shropshire Archives – gateway to the history of Shropshire and Telford.