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The Rowton Meteorite

March 12, 202110:52 amLeave a Comment

A meteorite landing on a driveway in Gloucestershire has been an unusual event, but Shropshire too, has a claim to an exceptional meteorite. We are fortunate that the events on the afternoon of the 20th April 1876, were reported in some detail in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London 1882.  Above the […]

Introducing Charlotte, Countess of Bridgewater

March 5, 20219:05 amLeave a Comment

For International Women’s Day on 8 March this year, Archivist Sara Downs considers the life of Countess Charlotte Catherine Anne Egerton…. Whilst researching the Bridgewater family for the talk to the Friends of Shropshire Archives and the Shropshire Archaeology Society in November, I became acquainted with Countess Charlotte Catherine Anne Egerton, wife of the 7th Earl of Bridgewater and sister-in-law to the eccentric 8th Earl. I learned that the Countess continued to live at Ashridge, the family mansion of the […]

Shropshire’s LGBTQ+ history

February 23, 202112:14 pmLeave a Comment

As part of LGBTQ+ history month, which is celebrated throughout February, staff at Shropshire Archives have investigated some of the resources we hold. These are a couple of examples from our collections. We are very aware that there will be many other examples of LGBTQ+ material within our holdings and plan to investigate this further […]

My experiences as the intern at Shropshire Archives

February 10, 20213:05 pmFebruary 11, 2021 11:50 amLeave a Comment

I joined Shropshire Archives just over three years ago in November 2017 as the new intern. As a history graduate, a career in archives suited me perfectly (I wasn’t keen on the other option a lot of history graduates take of becoming a teacher!) and this job provided me with the ideal introduction to it. […]

Two women papermakers

February 2, 20211:49 pmLeave a Comment

While searching for other records I came across this apprentice indenture showing that William Nock was apprenticed to Sarah Falkner, a paper maker, in 1768. This made me wonder how widespread papermaking was in Shropshire and how unusual it was for a woman to be involved in the industry at this time. The first confirmed […]

Holocaust Memorial Day

January 20, 20214:48 pmLeave a Comment

To mark Holocaust Memorial Day on the 27th of January, we look into some of the first-hand accounts of Shropshire soldiers who saw the atrocities of the Holocaust and the local response here in Shropshire. The theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘Be the light in the darkness’. The KSLI Most Shropshire soldiers […]

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Lockdown again

January 13, 202110:12 amLeave a Comment

Shropshire Archives is currently closed to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. We will remain closed until the lockdown restrictions are lifted. We will continue to answer enquiries and provide copying services. Do get in touch via our website or by emailing [email protected] if there is anything that we can help you with. Please […]

Wilfred Owen’s poems

December 1, 20209:36 amDecember 1, 2020 9:39 amLeave a Comment

Wilfred Owen’s first book of Poems was published exactly one hundred years ago.  At the time of his death two years earlier, this young man from Shropshire’s poetry was only known by his family and a close circle of literary friends. Since then, his poetic legacy is such that he is widely regarded as one of Britain’s greatest war poets.  To mark the occasion, our librarian […]

A record of Swallows

November 20, 202010:37 amLeave a Comment

For many people 2020 has been a strange, unsettling and horrible year. There have, however, been moments hope including communities coming together as well as a chance to appreciate nature. We thought we’d share a lovely diary written by one of our volunteers: A record of Swallows during 2020 the year of the virus. When […]

Salop Fire Office insurance records

November 18, 202010:55 amLeave a Comment

Coming soon… Shropshire Archives holds a series of 12 books listing fire insurance policies taken out with Salop Fire Office between 1780 and 1889. The policies cover property in both Shropshire and Montgomeryshire. All of the books have been digitised and work is currently underway with a team of virtual volunteers to produce a detailed […]