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Braidwood’s school for deaf children

March 1, 201912:42 pmMarch 1, 2019 12:43 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 […]

Catholic Cathedral visit, 23 Mar 2019

February 13, 201912:11 pmFebruary 13, 2019 12:29 pmLeave a Comment

An opportunity to visit Shrewsbury Cathedral for a private tour and two talks about the building’s history and its archives. When: Saturday 23 March 2019 Time: 2pm Where: Shrewsbury Cathedral, 11 Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE Cost: £10 This event is run by the Friends of Shropshire Archives. For more information and to book, please download […]

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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 amFebruary 13, 2019 12:30 pmLeave a Comment

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 Hall, Pitchford Rd, Shrewsbury SY1 3HS Cost: £22 including tea and cake Notes: The tour involves considerable walking and stairs. This event […]

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Friends AGM, 6 June 2019

February 8, 201911:20 amFebruary 8, 2019 11:21 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 […]

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Coleham’s industrial history, 1 May 2019

February 8, 201911:11 amFebruary 13, 2019 12:31 pmLeave a Comment

A talk by local historian Andrew Pattison on the industrial history of Coleham followed by a tour of Coleham Pumping Station. When: Wednesday 1 May 2019 Time: 2pm Where: Barnabas Centre, Longden Coleham, Shrewsbury SY3 7DN Cost: £10 including tea and coffee Notes: The tour involves stairs. This event is run by the Friends of Shropshire […]

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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 […]

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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 13, 2019 3:29 pmLeave a Comment

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 […]