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Shropshire Archives reopens in a phased way from Wednesday 29 July

Alberbury Priory

June 18, 202011:03 amLeave a Comment

We are adding many new lists to our online catalogue.  These were previously only available as printed lists onsite or via the National Archives website. One of these lists is for a small collection relating to the Alberbury Priory, ref 1123. Alberbury Priory was built between 1221 and 1226 by Fulk Fitz Warin (III) originally […]

Research tips: maps

June 17, 202012:49 pmLeave a Comment

In this post we’ll introduced some maps that can help in local and house history research. You might be surprised to learn that many are online, so there is plenty to look at while the Archives remains closed. With maps, it is always best to begin with the most recent maps and work backwards so […]

Belgian refugees in Shropshire

June 12, 202010:21 amLeave a Comment

During refugee week, we look back 100 years ago, when Shropshire welcomed a large influx of refugees. After Germany invaded and occupied Belgium at the start of the First World War, many hundreds of thousands of civilians were displaced and fled to the coastal ports. The plight of Belgian refugees, and atrocities by the invading […]

Adams Grammar School, Wem

June 10, 20209:05 amLeave a Comment

Archives intern, Meriel Lees, writes…. As part of my archives course last year, I catalogued a collection of school records, the school in question being Adams Grammar School in Wem. Cataloguing an entire collection from scratch can be tricky as it was often created (and sometimes deposited) many years ago, so it is sometimes difficult […]

The Pentabus Collection

June 3, 20206:02 pmLeave a Comment

If there is anyone who knows how to re-imagine and re-create it’s Pentabus, Shropshire’s own nationally acclaimed theatre company based in Bromfield near Ludlow. Senior Archivist, Sal Mager, tells us more.. Pentabus has always been keen to work closely with local communities and in the past has gathered stories through oral and photographic history projects […]

Storing your photos

June 2, 20204:22 pmJune 4, 2020 4:46 pmLeave a Comment

Following on from her advice on handling photos safely, our conservator, Seren Fisher, gives tips on storing your photographs properly…. Potential damage by poor storage Irreversible damage is caused to your prints, negatives and slides by storing or displaying them in inappropriate materials, and exposing them to heat, light and humidity. Typical forms of damage […]

Preserving your photos

June 2, 20204:20 pmJune 4, 2020 4:44 pmLeave a Comment

Our conservator, Seren Fisher, gives some warnings and advice on handling and storing prints, negatives and slides in this two-part blog …. If there could be a silver lining to this horrific pandemic, it might be the opportunity it gives us to work on all those projects that have been waiting for a rainy day. […]

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Research tips: house history

May 27, 20203:21 pmMay 27, 2020 3:22 pmLeave a Comment

If you’ve been enjoying David Olusoga’s House through time currently on BBC 2, you may be inspired to research your own house history. We’ve come up with a few top tips to get you started… Check your title deeds if you have them. These record the sale or transfer of property and give the full […]

Bringing Asylum Records into the Light

May 26, 202010:00 amMay 27, 2020 10:28 amLeave a Comment

Senior Archivist, Sal Mager, discusses a new collection of patient records from the Asylum at Shelton. We recently featured an article on social media in which a Canadian couple wrote about their discovery of family records in the Shelton Asylum patient files.   Sharing this beyond Shropshire Archives’ own Facebook page stimulated some interesting comments as […]

Rev Williams’ watercolours

May 20, 20204:15 pmLeave a Comment

Rev Edward Williams painted a lovely series of watercolours, which are invaluable to anyone studying local church history.  The images have been on our online catalogue for a little while but if you’ve not seen them before they are well worth exploring. The watercolours were purchased at auction by Sir Offley Wakeman, who presented them […]