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The ‘surplus woman’

March 9, 20219:01 amLeave a Comment

Archivist, Sara Downs considers the single woman question, emigration and the 1851 census… The data from the 1851 census highlighted that there were approximately 500,000 more women than men and there were two and half million unmarried women. Single women had always existed in the population, but for the first time the census provided statistical data to confirm […]

Introducing Charlotte, Countess of Bridgewater

March 5, 20219:05 amLeave a Comment

For International Women’s Day on 8 March this year, Archivist Sara Downs considers the life of Countess Charlotte Catherine Anne Egerton…. Whilst researching the Bridgewater family for the talk to the Friends of Shropshire Archives and the Shropshire Archaeology Society in November, I became acquainted with Countess Charlotte Catherine Anne Egerton, wife of the 7th Earl of Bridgewater and sister-in-law to the eccentric 8th Earl. I learned that the Countess continued to live at Ashridge, the family mansion of the […]

Census month

March 2, 202110:02 amMarch 5, 2021 9:13 amLeave a Comment

As the next census takes place on Sunday 21 March 2021, we are bringing together research tips and information about historic census returns. The census returns are a fantastic resource. You can learn more about individuals as part of your family history, check former inhabitants of your house or build up a picture of the […]

Shropshire’s LGBTQ+ history

February 23, 202112:14 pmLeave a Comment

As part of LGBTQ+ history month, which is celebrated throughout February, staff at Shropshire Archives have investigated some of the resources we hold. These are a couple of examples from our collections. We are very aware that there will be many other examples of LGBTQ+ material within our holdings and plan to investigate this further […]

My experiences as the intern at Shropshire Archives

February 10, 20213:05 pmFebruary 11, 2021 11:50 amLeave a Comment

I joined Shropshire Archives just over three years ago in November 2017 as the new intern. As a history graduate, a career in archives suited me perfectly (I wasn’t keen on the other option a lot of history graduates take of becoming a teacher!) and this job provided me with the ideal introduction to it. […]

Two women papermakers

February 2, 20211:49 pmLeave a Comment

While searching for other records I came across this apprentice indenture showing that William Nock was apprenticed to Sarah Falkner, a paper maker, in 1768. This made me wonder how widespread papermaking was in Shropshire and how unusual it was for a woman to be involved in the industry at this time. The first confirmed […]

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 amMay 26, 2021 4:23 pmLeave 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, we take […]