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Sunday school adventure

July 20, 201810:56 amLeave a Comment

An Article in the Wellington Journal dated 8th August 1885, regarding a Sunday school ’Treat’ Six hundred (!) children and visitors from the Hadley Wesleyan Sunday School were taken on a Sunday School treat, from Hadley to Uffington and return. The children assembled at the national school girls’ playground. The younger children were put in […]

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A huge thank you to our volunteers

July 13, 201812:46 pmLeave a Comment

Shropshire Archives has added over 19,000 records to our online catalogue following a mammoth effort by volunteers. We’d like to thank over 30 volunteers who have worked tirelessly on the project since 2013. The records, which are grouped together under the reference number 6000 are a collection of charters, deeds, surveys, manorial records, and miscellaneous […]

Poor Relief Under the Old and New Laws

July 7, 201810:32 amJuly 7, 2018 1:38 pmLeave a Comment

Many people don’t realise they have a pauper ancestor until they find them in a workhouse on the census or baptism or burial record. This week I’m going to be looking at how workhouses operated in relation to out-relief in the cross-over years with the Old and New Poor Laws. The Evolution of the Workhouse […]

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Making poems from Archives, Autumn 2018

June 28, 201810:48 amOctober 22, 2018 7:42 amLeave a Comment

A series of six workshops at Shropshire Archives led by poet Jean Atkin. Each week Jean will introduce you to a different element of the Archive’s collections, and provide prompts, guidance and encouragement to enable everyone to write a poem or a piece of short prose. Jean Atkin is a published poet and experienced workshop […]

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Anchorites, 28 Aug 2018

June 28, 201810:35 amAugust 29, 2018 8:08 amLeave a Comment

Anchorites in Shropshire: Archaeological and Archival Evidence Victoria Yuskaitis, PhD researcher at the University of Leeds, has been studying anchorites in the Shropshire area since 2016. Victoria will discuss her research, focusing on the following local churches: Holy Trinity, Much Wenlock St Martin’s, near Oswestry St John the Baptist, Ruyton St Mary’s, Acton Burnell St […]

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House history course, Nov – Dec 2018

June 28, 20189:30 amJune 28, 2018 10:36 amLeave a Comment

Every house has a story; tracing the history of your property and finding out about the people who lived there can be absolutely fascinating but can also be time consuming and possibly frustrating. Old buildings have often been altered and since documents rarely give a date of construction, it is unusual to be able to […]

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Rat Pit photograph puzzle

June 22, 20181:05 pmLeave a Comment

Below is a blog post written by Anthony Price, one of our team of wonderful volunteers working at Shropshire Archives. The photograph itself is such a bleak and evocative landscape and we hope you enjoy reading about the possible story behind the image. It’s also an example of the great lengths that the volunteers go […]

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A Student Experience!

May 30, 20182:52 pmLeave a Comment

Each year, Shropshire Archives hosts a number of student placements. Recently we’ve welcomed students from the University Centre, Shrewsbury and the blog below comes from their experience here. Who are we? We are Jodie and Zoe. We are currently second year History students at the University Centre Shrewsbury. We have undertaken a one-month placement at […]

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Annual lecture 24 November 2018

May 24, 20181:29 pmNovember 27, 2018 7:57 amLeave a Comment

Dr Kate Croft from the University of Birmingham will deliver the annual lecture to the Friends of Shropshire Archives on ‘Health and Expedient: childcare and charity at the Shrewsbury Foundling Hospital, 1759-1771’. When: Saturday 24 November 2018 10.30am Cost: £5  please book in advance More information: please download the 2018 Annual Lecture PDF for more […]

Do you have a bastard ancestor?

May 3, 20183:17 pmLeave a Comment

If you know or suspect that one of your ancestors was a bastard, the bastardy records within the Old Poor Law collections are an incredibly useful source of information. If you are trying to identify whether or not your ancestor was a bastard, it is often directly stated in the baptism registers. Where this is […]