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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 […]


Shropshire’s Mayflower Children, 4 Jul 2020

December 11, 201912:26 pmJanuary 15, 2020 2:46 pmLeave a Comment

The Mayflower set sail for America in 1620. Among the passengers were four young children from the More family of Larden Hall, Shropshire. Only one survived to start a new life in America. This history day will include talks from local historians telling the fascinating story of the banishment of the More children on the […]

volunteer at Shropshire Archives

Volunteer Showcase, 21 Mar 2020

December 11, 201911:35 amJanuary 10, 2020 1:02 pmLeave a Comment

A morning of talks and demonstrations showing the remarkable and extensive work carried out by volunteers at Shropshire Archives. Volunteers make an enormous contribution to the Archives and their work in cataloguing, indexing, conserving and research is largely unseen by most researchers who benefit from their endeavours. Where: Shropshire Archives When: Saturday 21 March 2020 […]

extract from 2nd edition Ordnance Survey map XXXIV.6

Ordnance Survey map sale, 7 Dec 2019

November 26, 201910:09 amDecember 11, 2019 11:28 amLeave a Comment

Following rationalisation of its map collection, Shropshire Archives is disposing of duplicate copies of the second edition 1:2500 scale Ordnance Survey maps of Shropshire. These are mostly dated 1900-1903. There are also a few map sheets for surrounding counties. The maps are used: some are torn, some have annotations, and a few are photocopies, but […]

St Chad's parish boxes

Closed week, Nov 2019

November 19, 201910:39 amDecember 5, 2019 1:35 pmLeave a Comment

During our closed week (from 25 November this year), we were able to carry out essential behind the scenes work which can only be achieved when we aren’t open to the public. This year we were able to: Put up new archive standard shelves in our stores Re-order and rationalise shelving to create space for […]

Mystery of the chimney stacks

October 24, 201911:15 amLeave a Comment

During the cataloguing of Ted Picken’s photographs, volunteer Tony Price came across the following intriguing photograph…. He writes…. “In the Ted Picken box was a large photograph of a big house, completely burnt to the ground, with only three large chimney stacks standing.(PH/B/34/85/243)  Two men are looking at the camera.  Could one be the owner? […]


Picken photographs

October 5, 20191:53 pmOctober 18, 2019 2:25 pmLeave a Comment

The fabulous photographs of Bucknell from the Edward (Ted) Picken collection are now available on our website. This largely due to the work of volunteer Tony Price who has added descriptions to the catalogue and painstakingly researched the Picken family and provided background to the photographs. As the photographs are of Bucknell, they are under […]

letter from Attingham collection

Distance user survey

October 5, 201912:24 pmLeave a Comment

This Autumn, Shropshire Archives is taking part in a national survey of Archive Service ‘distance users’. The survey will help evaluate trends and improve user satisfaction.   If you email us or contact us through the website we’ll send you a link to the survey. It should take no more than 5 to 10 minutes […]

Annual lecture

Annual lecture, 16 Nov 2019

September 20, 20191:06 pmNovember 19, 2019 10:32 amLeave a Comment

Women of Excellent Understanding: The Wives and Daughters of the Lunar Society The Friends of Shropshire Archives are delighted to welcome back Dr Kate Croft to deliver their annual lecture ‘Women of Excellent Understanding: The Wives and Daughters of the Lunar Society’. The men of the eighteenth-century Lunar Society are well known, but what about […]

Ludlow Castle Heraldic Roll

September 18, 20191:28 pmSeptember 18, 2019 1:32 pmLeave a Comment

Discovered in a London antique shop in 2015 and dating from c.1580, the beautiful Ludlow Castle Heraldic roll contains 42 coats of arms of some of the owners of Ludlow castle, presidents and members of the Council in the Marches of Wales from the 11th century to the 16th. It records the arms painted in […]