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Holocaust Memorial Day

January 20, 20214:48 pmLeave a Comment

To mark Holocaust Memorial Day on the 27th of January, we look into some of the first-hand accounts of Shropshire soldiers who saw the atrocities of the Holocaust and the local response here in Shropshire. The theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘Be the light in the darkness’. The KSLI Most Shropshire soldiers […]

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Lockdown again

January 13, 202110:12 amLeave a Comment

Shropshire Archives is currently closed to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. We will remain closed until the lockdown restrictions are lifted. We will continue to answer enquiries and provide copying services. Do get in touch via our website or by emailing [email protected] if there is anything that we can help you with. Please […]

Cataloguing the Bridgewater Collection

December 17, 20203:41 pmLeave a Comment

Hello! I’m Sara Downs, an archivist at Shropshire Archives. This year I commenced PhD research about women landholders in Ellesmere and Whitchurch 1760-1860. The main documents that I need to complete the research are in the Bridgewater collection (ref 212) held at Shropshire Archives. As some of you will know, there is an existing hard copy […]

Wilfred Owen’s poems

December 1, 20209:36 amDecember 1, 2020 9:39 amLeave a Comment

Wilfred Owen’s first book of Poems was published exactly one hundred years ago.  At the time of his death two years earlier, this young man from Shropshire’s poetry was only known by his family and a close circle of literary friends. Since then, his poetic legacy is such that he is widely regarded as one of Britain’s greatest war poets.  To mark the occasion, our librarian […]

Index draws

Lots more lists online

November 27, 202012:04 pmFebruary 23, 2021 12:17 pmLeave a Comment

We always say it’s worth checking our online catalogue frequently as we constantly add new material. This is true now more than ever. We have finally transferred onto our website all the remaining catalogues, previously only available as paper lists on our search room shelves or online as part of the National Archives website, Discovery […]

More early census returns

November 24, 202010:07 amFebruary 25, 2021 4:19 pmLeave a Comment

During the latest lockdown we’ve added more census indexes and images to our website. The indexes were created by our wonderful volunteers. We hope this opens up access, allowing you to find that elusive ancestors or conduct a statistical analysis of the population. Wellington census, 1821 You can now browse and search for names in […]

A record of Swallows

November 20, 202010:37 amLeave a Comment

For many people 2020 has been a strange, unsettling and horrible year. There have, however, been moments hope including communities coming together as well as a chance to appreciate nature. We thought we’d share a lovely diary written by one of our volunteers: A record of Swallows during 2020 the year of the virus. When […]

Salop Fire Office insurance records

November 18, 202010:55 amLeave a Comment

Coming soon… Shropshire Archives holds a series of 12 books listing fire insurance policies taken out with Salop Fire Office between 1780 and 1889. The policies cover property in both Shropshire and Montgomeryshire. All of the books have been digitised and work is currently underway with a team of virtual volunteers to produce a detailed […]

Wellington settlement examinations

November 10, 202010:34 amLeave a Comment

During the first lock down, while working from home, I started cataloguing a volume of settlement examinations for Wellington, ref P291/L/3/1. I’ve just completed this and the index is now online complete with digital images. The examinations begin from September 1821 and extend to 1830, with some later notes added. They provide a fascinating glimpse […]

Entering lockdown again

November 5, 20204:50 pmLeave a Comment

Following the recent government announcement, Shropshire Archives will be closed from 5 November to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.   We will remain closed until the lockdown restrictions are lifted. We hope to re-open in December but this will be guided by national and local guidelines. We will continue to answer enquiries and provide […]