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2017 Heritage open days in conservation studio

Heritage Open Days success

September 14, 201711:26 amSeptember 14, 2017 11:29 amLeave a Comment

Shropshire Archives celebrated a successful programme of activity for 2017’s Heritage Open Days. Behind the scenes tours Two behind the scenes tours last Thursday and Friday were attended by 26 participants who enjoyed an introduction to the service as well as the opportunity to see being the scenes at the Shropshire Archives building. This included […]

Prison Charities book 6001/3947

Prison Charity books

July 20, 20171:04 pmJuly 26, 2017 2:57 pmLeave a Comment

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 […]

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Mapping magic

June 12, 201712:19 pmJuly 20, 2017 12:38 pmLeave a Comment

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 […]

Attingham project

April 7, 201711:34 amLeave a Comment

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 […]

Wenlock Borough Minute Book

Wenlock Borough Council Minute Book

February 9, 201712:49 pmSeptember 14, 2017 10:54 amLeave a Comment

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 […]

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Our new website

February 3, 201712:52 pmFebruary 20, 2017 12:49 pmLeave a Comment

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.