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King Arthur’s Shropshire, 4 Jun 2019

May 22, 20192:07 pmLeave a Comment

Discover the Shropshire c 550AD in this guided research session run by Mythstories. When: Tuesday 4th June 2019 Time: 11am-1pm Where: Shropshire Archives Cost: £5 Advance booking essential as there are limited spaces Please book at For more information, please download the King Arthur’s Shropshire flyer.

Group Photograph, Shropshire Technical School, Radbrook, Shrewsbury

Radbrook College

March 28, 20192:19 pmLeave a Comment

The records of Radbrook College held by Shropshire Archives have now been catalogued (SA ref ED8914) The records give a unique insight into the beginning of further education for girls in the county in the early 20th century, as well as showing the changes during the century as the college developed. In addition to administrative […]

Braidwood’s school for deaf children

March 1, 201912:42 pmMarch 28, 2019 3:00 pmLeave a Comment

Read more about Thomas Braidwood’s school, which helped empower deaf people in the 18th century. And discover how a Shropshire woman Jane Poole defended her rights through the courts… Attitudes towards Deaf people during the 18th and 19th centuries were almost overwhelmingly negative; the general opinion being that they could not possess intelligence equal to […]

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Chillington Hall, 20 Aug 2019

February 8, 201911:32 amLeave a Comment

A guided tour of Chillington Hall and gardens with a tractor ride to the lake. When: Tuesday 20 August 2019 Time: 2pm Where: Chillington Hall, Codsall Wood, Wolverhampton, WV8 1RE Cost: £20 including tea and scones This event is run by the Friends of Shropshire Archives. For more information and to book, please download the Friends Summer […]

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Pitchford Hall visit, 10 Jul 2019

February 8, 201911:28 amMay 2, 2019 10:37 amLeave a Comment

This visit is now fully booked. As it has been so popular, we hope to run another visit later in the year. Described as Britain’s finest half-timbered house, Pitchford Hall was owned by the Colthurst family for more than 500 years before being sold in 1992. When: Wednesday 10 July 2019 Time: 2.30pm Where: Pitchford […]

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Friends AGM, 6 June 2019

February 8, 201911:20 amMay 2, 2019 10:38 amLeave a Comment

The Friends short AGM will be followed by a tour of Shrewsbury School including the Taylor Library, school archive and chapel. When: Thursday 6 June 2019 When: 2pm Where: Shrewsbury School, Ashton Rd, Shrewsbury SY3 7BA Cost: AGM free, tour £5 This event is run by the Friends of Shropshire Archives. For more information and […]

Tong Little Nell grave 2018 Tony Price photo

Tong and Little Nell

January 30, 20193:44 pmJanuary 30, 2019 3:47 pmLeave a Comment

Written by one of our volunteer cataloguers, Anthony Price While working on a project to record all the gravestones in St Bartholomew’s Church, Tong (East Shropshire), I came across an interesting anecdote about the death of Little Nell. Not only was there a gravestone in the churchyard made for Little Nell, her death was also […]

Archive strong room

Closed Week

December 21, 201811:16 amLeave a Comment

Much as we love having everyone in doing their research or volunteer work during the rest of the year, our annual closed week is a welcome opportunity to close our doors for a few days so that the staff can have a chance to catch up and focus on tasks which otherwise it is difficult […]

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Field name maps

December 20, 20181:37 pmMarch 28, 2019 9:36 am

Foxall Field Name Maps now online! “To those of us who have any feeling for the land in general and the land of Shropshire in particular, it must be a matter for regret that many of the old field-names familiar to generations of our forefathers are today almost unknown” So starts the introduction to H […]

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

December 19, 201812:47 pmLeave a Comment

As the emphasis on shopping, either for presents or for bargains in the sales, reaches fever-pitch, it is interesting to look back on yuletides of previous centuries, when customs, superstitions, and charity were the order of the day. One perennial theme of certain long-standing customs was that of sharing with the poor. Each season had […]