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Hadley Road - Rats Pits, ref PH-H-2-51

Rat Pit photograph puzzle

June 22, 20181:05 pmLeave a Comment

Below is a blog post written by Anthony Price, one of our team of wonderful volunteers working at Shropshire Archives. The photograph itself is such a bleak and evocative landscape and we hope you enjoy reading about the possible story behind the image. It’s also an example of the great lengths that the volunteers go […]

Jodie and Zoe

A Student Experience!

May 30, 20182:52 pmLeave a Comment

Each year, Shropshire Archives hosts a number of student placements. Recently we’ve welcomed students from the University Centre, Shrewsbury and the blog below comes from their experience here. Who are we? We are Jodie and Zoe. We are currently second year History students at the University Centre Shrewsbury. We have undertaken a one-month placement at […]

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Mallinson’s photographs

March 21, 20182:16 pmSeptember 13, 2018 9:11 amLeave a Comment

James Mallinson (1891-1959) was a prolific commercial photographer, living in Shrewsbury all his life. Within the archives are over 1000 photographs; his photographs. Many record major demolitions and rebuilds in Shrewsbury in the 1920s and 1930’s. One major event so recorded was the rebuilding of the English Bridge, which was dismantled and moved piece by […]

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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 […]

work in our stores

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 […]

David Evans window: healing the sick

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 […]