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Shropshire Archive Zone

Shropshire Archive Zone is our fantastic education website designed for young people and teachers!

It’s full of fabulous images you can print out, use on an interactive whiteboard or just enjoy browsing. Each picture is accompanied by an easy to understand description and explanation – ideal for homework or just picking up a few weird and wonderful facts!

It’s really easy to find your way around, as the website is split up by historical period and also by subject. So you might fancy having a look at the First World War, where you’ll find documents and photographs on the Women’s Land Army, Wilfred Owen, life in the trenches and a letter from a wounded soldier.

New sections on pre-history, Romans and Anglo Saxons reflect the current curriculum. Carefully chosen images highlight sites and finds in Shropshire.

Perhaps you would prefer Crime and Punishment, which includes a gruesome execution notice for three highwaymen who were hanged at Shrewsbury Gaol in 1836. Or how about Health and Medicine, including a wonderful book of home remedies from 1696 – the example is a medicine for consumption involving saffron, harts horn, and 25 large earthworms (wiped, but not washed!) all boiled up with white wine… yum!

So go on – take a leap into Shropshire Archive Zone and enjoy a taste of the strange, bizarre, beautiful and fascinating that Shropshire’s history has to offer.

Picture packs

We’ve developed a range of packs which show local examples on a variety of themes. Each pack contains ten laminated images of documents or pictures from the Archives’ collections with notes or transcriptions on the back. The packs are available to buy at £20 each or on loan from the School Library Service.

Packs are available on the following topics:

    • First World War
    • Tudor buildings
    • Civil War
    • Charles Darwin
    • famous local people

World War 1 Artefact Box

The Shropshire Remembers project has produced an artefact box for primary schools. The box includes a variety of items which can help children explore what life was like during the First Word War.

Among the objects included are scaled down uniforms for a soldier and nurse, replica food, (the bar of chocolate is cardboard!), a letter from the trenches, photographs, posters and a hand knitted balaclava. There are photographs of two soldiers, one survived the war and the other did not. The images of nurses are of two sisters from Shrewsbury with contrasting stories. One nursed at Stokesay Court, one of several convalescent hospitals in Shropshire, the other went to Serbia where she was caught behind enemy lines. The artefacts and documents have been chosen to reflect life in the trenches and on the home front.

More information and photographs are online at Shropshire Remembers. The box will be available for loan through the School Library Service.