For the past few months one of our volunteers, Sue Cleaves, has been digitising the Prison Charity books ref 6001/3940-6001/3947. These registers cover the period 1797 to 1878 and give insights into changing social conditions, in addition to individuals’ names. The charity was established: to enable debtors to gain a livelihood while in prison to […]
Investigating stories of witchcraft and magic Thank you to Dr Simon White, Oxford Brookes’ Reader in Romantic and nineteenth-century literature, Dr Simon White, for the introduction into the innovative Historypin Special Collection Mapping Magic on Saturday 15th July 2017. www.historypin.org/en/mapping-magic Mapping Magic covers the whole of Great Britain, including Shropshire, through an interactive map. It […]
Archives mission accomplished This project was a rare, possibly unique example of a long-term collaboration between Shropshire Archives and a National Trust property, funded by the property. The vast bulk of Attingham’s papers were already at Shropshire Archives, but a large quantity of Lady Berwick’s personal papers and other estate documents remained at the property […]
In 1495 the Burgesses of Wenlock Borough bought a book to record their minutes. This may at first sight seem a minor event. However, the minute book is made of paper, which was still a remarkably new and scarce material, for it was only during 1495 that the first paper was produced in England. Examination […]
This week we’ve been working hard with OrangeLeaf to get our new website up and running. The site will be a massive improvement, allowing users to order documents for viewing or to request copies and pay online. Please bear with us while we all get use to the new system.