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World Digital Preservation Day

November 5, 202012:35 pmNovember 6, 2020 11:59 amLeave a Comment

Today is World Digital Preservation Day, so here is a brief catch up on what we have been doing at Shropshire Archives from Archivist, Sara Downs…. During lockdown, I commenced a survey of our accession register to find all digital items that we have received. Currently, we do take certain digital items, but we are not […]

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Black History Month 2

October 9, 20207:41 amLeave a Comment

Into the 19th and 20th centuries Sources at Shropshire Archives show how the abolition movement found support in Shropshire at the end of the 18th century and how campaigners and emancipated slaves visited the county.  Local boroughs, in particular Bridgnorth and Much Wenlock, regularly petitioned Parliament for the abolition of slavery.  The fantastic series of […]

Black History Month 1

October 8, 20202:08 pmLeave a Comment

Looking at 17th and 18th century Shropshire sources Whether intentionally or unintentionally, the myth that Black, Asian and ethnic minority people have only been present in Britain since the 1960s still persists.   Yet archives reveal that they have been documented in Britain since Roman times.  As part of Black History Month, we highlight some of […]

More online help videos

September 23, 20202:10 pmLeave a Comment

We’ve launched two more videos to help you make the most of our website: How to register How to order copies

30 years on!

September 22, 202010:43 amLeave a Comment

This month, our Archives Manager, Mary McKenzie, looks back on changes to the archive service over the last 3 decades. She writes… “It is 30 years since I joined Shropshire County Council as the Senior Archivist, Modern Records in September 1990. The archive service was then called Shropshire Records and Research and included Shropshire Record […]


Shropshire’s Mayflower connection

September 15, 20208:58 amSeptember 15, 2020 10:08 amLeave a Comment

400 years ago, the Mayflower set sail for America with over 100 passengers and 30 crew members. Among the passengers were 4 young children, Ellen More aged 8, Jasper More aged 7, Richard More aged 5 and Mary More aged 4. Originally assumed to be servants, research has shown them to be members of the […]

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Autumn talks programme 2020

September 10, 20204:16 pmSeptember 11, 2020 10:06 amLeave a Comment

 Shropshire Archaeological and Historical Society and Friends of Shropshire Archives have put together a fascinating series of online talks for their members.  These will be available on zoom at 11am on the following dates: 15 September Flax Mill People – American Connections 20 September Recent Developer Funded Archaeology in Shropshire 17 November Bridgewater revisited:  Cataloguing […]

Robert Clive (1725-1774)

September 10, 20201:00 pmLeave a Comment

 Given the current level of interest in Robert Clive and his statue in Shrewsbury, Shropshire Archives staff have been examining the range of material held about this important but controversial Shropshire figure.   Background Robert Clive was born at Styche Hall, near Market Drayton in 1725.  At the age of eighteen he joined the East India Company as […]

Pre 1841 census returns

September 4, 20208:59 amFebruary 25, 2021 4:20 pmLeave a Comment

Indexes and images of some of the pre-1841 census returns are now available to view on our website for free. Background Generally, the 1841 census was the first national census to include names of all individuals. Counts of the population were taken since 1801. In a very few cases, the unofficial records compiled locally to […]

Working behind the scenes

August 19, 202011:03 amLeave a Comment

To give a little flavour of the work that goes on behind the scenes at Shropshire Archives, we asked Kevin who is in charge of production of documents from the stores (as well as being our caretaker, driver and cleaner) to describe some of his day’s work. He writes…. “I am Kevin and for the […]