Heritage Open Days success
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 the archive storage areas, reprographics and conservation where a display of documents gave a sense of the variety of collections held by the service.
Special event at Much Wenlock
On Saturday a celebration event was held in Much Wenlock following the completion of the Much Wenlock Minute book project. This project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Much Wenlock Town Council, the Friends of Shropshire Archives and other local donors, has conserved and digitised the earliest surviving minute books of the Borough of Much Wenlock which date from 1495 to 1810. In addition, volunteers have translated and transcribed the content of the minute books and this information is now available on Shropshire Archives online catalogue at https://www.shropshirearchives.org.uk/collections/getrecord/CCA_XWB_C_1 (use ‘browse this collection’ for more information).
At the event at the Priory Hall attended by over 80 people, Howard Horsley Volunteer Archivist at Much Wenlock Town Council gave an introduction to the Borough Archives. Mary McKenzie, Acting Museums and Archives Manager and Andrew Davidson, Senior Conservator, retired, described the process of conserving and rebinding the minute books.
David Whitehead from Herefordshire Victoria County History gave a fascinating talk introducing the context for the 1468 Charter granted to Much Wenlock by Edward IV.
Those at the event also had the chance to see the rebound and conserved minute books, and there was great interest in seeing how the books had been transformed by the project. The rebinding of the books was carried out by Richard Nichols Senior Conservator at Staffordshire Record Office.