Transactions of the Shropshire Archaeological and Historical Society
The archives have recently been working with the Shropshire Archaeological and Historical Society to digitise some of its past publications. Many of these are now available free of charge on the society’s website and are a great starting point for local history research while we’re closed.
The society dates back nearly 150 years (established in 1877) and its Transactions are published every year so there are plenty to browse. Those from 1904 onwards are currently available online.
The articles in the Transactions cover a broad range of topics on local/natural history and archaeology. There is a contents page on the society’s website which lists all titles so you can easily find articles of interest. They are also indexed on our catalogue (links to both below).
- Reports from archaeological excavations and fieldwork
For example, Volume 78 (2003) was a special issue bringing together 40 years’ worth of excavations and research at the site of the Roman town of Wroxeter.
From the earlier Transactions, this plan of Haughmond Abbey was published in Volume 33 (1910) following excavation work. The coloured sections show the dates of different parts of the abbey.
- Transcribed extracts or full transcriptions of archival documents like early charters, churchwardens’ accounts and lay subsidy rolls (taxes against the ‘common’ people)
For example, below is the foundation charter for Shrewsbury School, dating from 1551 – a translation of the charter was published in Volume 48 (1936).
In Volumes 39 and 40, the names of boys admitted to Shrewsbury School have also been published which could be useful for family history research.
- Book reviews and general history articles such as:
– ‘Ecclesiastical history of Shropshire during the Civil War, Common-Wealth and Restoration’ by the Rev. J. E. Auden (Volume 30, 1907)
‘The Book Trade in Shropshire’ by Llewelyn C. Lloyd (Volume 48, 1935)
‘The Mediaeval Hospitals of Bridgnorth’ by the Rev. Prebendary Clark-Maxwell (Volume 41, 1921)
We’re aiming to complete the scanning of the earlier articles some time later this year, but in the meantime happy browsing!