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House history, starting 4 Feb 2020

January 7, 202012:57 pmLeave a Comment

Every house has a story; tracing the history of your property and finding out about the people who lived there can be absolutely fascinating but can also be time consuming and possibly frustrating.

Old buildings have often been altered and since documents rarely give a date of construction, it is unusual to be able to date a house accurately. Finding out about your house is like reading a good detective story and, though there may be a few dead ends along the way, this six-week course will give you the opportunity to discover the wealth of documents available at Shropshire Archives and will help you in your own research.

We will start the course by showing examples of completed house histories; viewing the original documents used in undertaking their research, including maps from 19th and 20th century, census, directories and taxation records; photographs, newspapers and wills.
You will find out about other available source materials in order to get the answers you are looking for, whether that is to find out more about the actual building or the people who lived in it and how the local community developed.

During the course there will be opportunities to make a start on your own house history and have support in using the archive’s catalogues, indexes and other finding aids, to discover the stories of the property or community you have a personal interest in.

When: 6 sessions : Tuesdays starting 4 February 2020

Time: 2pm-4pm

Where: Shropshire Archives, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury SY1 2AQ

Price: £60.00

How to book: please contact: Museum Education, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, The Square, Shrewsbury SY1 1LH Tel: 01743 258881 or email: [email protected]    (please contact the museum service direct rather than using the comments box)

This course has booked up very quickly in the past so early booking is recommended.



Written by sarahd

2 thoughts on “House history, starting 4 Feb 2020”

  1. Claire Hainsworth says:

    I would so love to do this course, but I am unable to get to the archives 🙁 Is there any chance in the furture of you being able to provide a course which people like me can do online from their own homes ?

    1. Sal says:

      Thank you for your interest and suggestion. Although we have no current plans for an online course we are in the process of updating our House History Guide book which will be available for purchase and we continue to update the guidance available on our website so it is worth keeping a look out for this by checking our website and following us on social media.

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