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Making poems from Archives, Autumn 2018

June 28, 201810:48 amJuly 3, 2018 11:56 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 […]

House History building control plan

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 pmJuly 3, 2018 11:57 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 […]

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Indexing the Overseers’ Accounts

April 5, 20188:50 amLeave a Comment

Overseers’ accounts list the parishioners paying the poor rate and the paupers who then received it through poor relief. They are one of the most detailed sources of information for the Old Poor Law, detailing exactly how this money was spent. The accounts can often help fill in the gaps when researching a pauper ancestor. […]

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Mallinson’s photographs

March 21, 20182:16 pmSeptember 13, 2018 9:11 amLeave a Comment

James Mallinson (1891-1959) was a prolific commercial photographer, living in Shrewsbury all his life. Within the archives are over 1000 photographs; his photographs. Many record major demolitions and rebuilds in Shrewsbury in the 1920s and 1930’s. One major event so recorded was the rebuilding of the English Bridge, which was dismantled and moved piece by […]

Tracing Your Ancestor Through The Sources

March 15, 20183:52 pmMarch 16, 2018 9:17 amLeave a Comment

Project Update Since setting the scene in my last blog post, I’ve had the opportunity to get stuck into some of the original Old Poor Law documents and have a go at tracing people in them. On the whole, this has been fairly successful so far, but not without its setbacks. Unless your ancestor is […]