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Shropshire Archives is open in a phased way from 21 April 2021.
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From 19 July 2021

July 16, 20219:10 amLeave a Comment

Under step 4 of the government’s road map, many COVID restrictions have been lifted. Shropshire Archives will be return to normal weekly opening hours: Wednesday 10am-4pm Thursday 10am-4pm Friday 10am-4pm We recognise that it may take some time for visitors to adjust to the new arrangements made possible, and that some visitors may be taking […]

letter from Attingham collection

Distance user survey

July 6, 20219:30 amLeave a Comment

This July, Shropshire Archives is taking part in a national survey of ‘distance users’ of Archive services across the UK. 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 […]

Inn sites research, 2021

July 1, 202111:27 amJuly 1, 2021 12:28 pmLeave a Comment

We are working with TDR Heritage and Shropshire Council’s Historic Environment team to help research inns in Shropshire. Researchers hope to: learn more about how buildings were used in the past, how old they are and if there have been many changes over the years. collect and celebrate the stories and memories connected to these […]

Little Wenlock tour, 8 Sep 2021

July 1, 202111:02 amLeave a Comment

Join the Friends of Shropshire Archives on a guided walking tour of Little Wenlock led by historian Neil Clarke. The tour will go past the parish church which houses the county’s earliest cast-iron grave slab (1611), the Royal Arms of George IV and the Forester memorial east window, the range of the village’s domestic buildings […]

With the Museum service

June 24, 20213:03 pmJune 24, 2021 3:04 pmLeave a Comment

Shropshire Archives is now managed by Fay Bailey, Shropshire Museums and Archives manager. We already have close links with the Museum Service and will be continuing to develop these. Keep it in the County! The Friends of Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery need your help to raise £40,000 to acquire a unique collection of Bronze […]

A Most Barbarous and Mysterious Murder

June 15, 20211:28 pmJune 15, 2021 1:33 pmLeave a Comment

Using newspaper reports and cuttings to uncover a murder attempt in 1840.

Quarter Sessions roll

Quarter Sessions rolls index

May 28, 20211:01 pmMay 28, 2021 1:28 pmLeave a Comment

Do you have a criminal ancestor? Or perhaps one who was a judge or a coroner? You can now search the Shropshire Quarter Sessions rolls between 1831 and 1920 on FindMyPast to find out more. The original index was created thanks to years of dedicated work by Shropshire Family History Society volunteers. What are Quarter […]

Henry Sacheverell’s Progress

May 12, 20218:01 amLeave a Comment

I was intrigued to find, within the old local studies manuscript collection, notes regarding “Dr Henry Sacheverell’s progresses from London to Sellatyn and from Sellatyn to Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth, Ludlow, 1710” ref 6001/4072. A “progress” is usually a term associated with the monarch and a custom which would have fallen out of practice by the 18th […]

Online talks

May 12, 20217:58 amLeave a Comment

The Friends of Shropshire Archives and the Shropshire Archaeology and Historical Society put together a varied and interesting programme of talks over Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021. These have been well received and more online talks are planned for Autumn 2021. Members of both societies will be sent priority invitations by email. If you have not […]

Primary School records

April 9, 20219:44 amLeave a Comment

At long last our catalogues for primary (elementary) schools in Shropshire are online!    These lists were previously only available as printed catalogues.  School records reach us in a piecemeal way – from the Local Education Authority, from the school itself, from retired head teachers or from local churches. In the case of Ellerdine school, […]