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


July 17, 20192:43 pmJuly 17, 2019 2:44 pmLeave a Comment

A cartulary is simply a register (or compilation) of deeds and charters that relate to land ownership. They were particularly popular with monasteries in the late medieval period as a way of reaffirming endowments that had been made in previous centuries. By copying the abbey’s most important charters into a cartulary, monks were able to […]

Annual lecture

Shropshire, space and the moon landing

July 10, 20191:28 pmJuly 10, 2019 1:29 pmLeave a Comment

On the 20th July we will be celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the first moon landing. Earth dwellers have always been fascinated by the night sky with its stars and planets, and often obsessed with Earth’s satellite, the Moon. From the archives, we can find evidence that the past people of Shropshire shared in this […]

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Shrewsbury Castle

July 4, 201910:50 amLeave a Comment

Shrewsbury is lucky to have a fantastic and well preserved castle. If you pop into the castle grounds during late July or early August, you might notice something unusual happening. Local archaeologist Dr Nigel Baker will be directing excavations at Shrewsbury Castle.  This will help us understand the form of the earliest castle and landscape. […]

Shropshire Summer School, 2019

June 5, 201910:55 amAugust 7, 2019 3:30 pmLeave a Comment

The summer school includes several workshops on local and family history. One of these is a talk about Shropshire Archives with a tour behind the scenes including our conservation and digitization studio and a chance to look at a selection of archive material tailored to the interests of the group. When: Tuesday 30 July 2019 […]

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Behind the scenes tour, 3 Dec 2019

June 5, 201910:35 amDecember 3, 2019 1:13 pmLeave a Comment

Now fully booked! Your chance to see behind the scenes at Shropshire Archives and get a glimpse of the fantastic collections held here . When: Tuesday 3 December 2019 Time: 10am-11.30am Where: Shropshire Archives Cost: Free but booking essential Your visit will include an introduction to how to use Shropshire Archives as well as seeing […]

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Celebrating volunteers

May 31, 20199:22 amLeave a Comment

Volunteers have always contributed to the work of Shropshire Archives, some have been with us for years (even decades), while others come for a more intensive short placement. Just a flavour of some of the projects volunteers are working onsite…. Describing newly deposited photographs, prints and engravings (you can read more about the background to […]

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Radbrook College

March 28, 20192:19 pmApril 21, 2020 9:25 amLeave 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 amAugust 21, 2019 11:11 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 amJuly 18, 2019 1:16 pmLeave 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 […]