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Focus on Madeley

January 19, 201812:15 pmLeave a Comment

Shropshire Archives helped create the Focus on Madeley website which showcases some of the fascinating images of Madeley’s rich and varied past. The website is now live and well worth visiting if you are interested in the history of the town. Most of these images come from a much larger collection deposited by the Telford […]

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Listing St Chad’s parish records

January 18, 201812:02 pmJanuary 18, 2018 12:07 pmLeave a Comment

We’ve just finished the list for Shrewsbury St Chad’s parish records. This was something that we began as a whole team last year and now (finally) the list has been printed and is browsable on the online catalogue. Listing as a team effort… The way in which we listed this was somewhat unusual… Firstly, the […]

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December closed weeks

November 23, 201711:03 amJanuary 18, 2018 11:36 amLeave a Comment

During our closed weeks in December, we had new shelving built in situ for the very large maps in one of our store rooms. This allows us to store the maps safely, means that we can find them easily and gives room for expansion. As well as work in the stores, we also brought our […]

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Shrewsbury biscuit recipe

November 17, 201712:44 pmNovember 17, 2017 12:45 pmLeave a Comment

One of Shrewsbury’s more famous products is a special type of biscuit. The Shrewsbury Biscuit is thought to have developed from an original recipe for Shrewsbury Cake, and one of the most renowned recipes was produced by a Mr Palin. His name is remembered on a plaque above the door of his shop, on Castle […]

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Police records at Shropshire Archives

November 17, 201712:32 pmNovember 17, 2017 12:36 pmLeave a Comment

In the last 12 months, Shropshire Archives received funding from The National Archives. The award of a National Cataloguing Grant enabled an archivist to catalogue Shropshire Constabulary records dating to the C19th, making some new material available to the public and older material more accessible. The Latest collections that have been catalogued are 9303 Papers […]

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Shrewsbury house plans

November 2, 201711:23 amNovember 2, 2017 11:26 amLeave a Comment

If you live in Shrewsbury and your house was built between 1877 and 1945, there is a high possibility that the original building plans are available to view at Shropshire Archives. During this time details of any new building work had to be passed to the local authority in order to gain their approval. This […]

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Stained glass – can you help?

October 4, 20172:04 pmLeave a Comment

Can you identify the churches or stately homes from these drawings? Our Conservator is in the process of writing up condition reports for 9 paintings from our collections that were originally at Rowley’s House, and which are very badly damaged, with a view to raising funds so they can be conserved. At present they cannot […]

Friends annual lecture 2017

September 28, 201710:59 amSeptember 28, 2017 11:06 amLeave a Comment

The road to enlightenment: Shropshire 1750-1830 Dr Roger Bruton draws on aspects of his doctoral thesis to highlight how the enlightenment impacted Shropshire. When: Saturday 18 November 2017 10am Where: Shropshire Archives Cost: £5 Booking: please download the 2017 FoSA Annual Lecture flyer for more information and to book your space.

2017 Heritage open days in conservation studio

Heritage Open Days success

September 14, 201711:26 amSeptember 14, 2017 11:29 amLeave a Comment

Shropshire Archives celebrated a successful programme of activity for 2017’s Heritage Open Days. Behind the scenes tours Two behind the scenes tours last Thursday and Friday were attended by 26 participants who enjoyed an introduction to the service as well as the opportunity to see being the scenes at the Shropshire Archives building. This included […]

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Prison Charity books

July 20, 20171:04 pmJuly 26, 2017 2:57 pmLeave a Comment

For the past few months one of our volunteers, Sue Cleaves, has been digitising the Prison Charity books ref 6001/3940-6001/3947. These registers cover the period 1797 to 1878 and give insights into changing social conditions, in addition to individuals’ names. The charity was established: to enable debtors to gain a livelihood while in prison to […]