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Shropshire Archives is open in a phased way from 21 April 2021.

Indian Family History

August 6, 20205:54 pmLeave a Comment

As a contribution to South Asian Heritage Month, Archives Manager Mary McKenzie explores her family’s history and its connection to the Indian sub-continent. She writes….. One of the family stories I was always aware of was that my grandfather, my mother’s father, Harold Fox had been born in India in the late 19th century. The […]

The Lancasterian School

July 28, 202010:37 amLeave a Comment

Joseph Lancaster and the Lancasterian School, Shrewsbury This photograph of closely packed children seems to have even greater impact in our socially distanced times. It shows pupils in the yard of the Lancasterian School at its site on the corner of Beacals Lane and Albert Street, Shrewsbury. As the captions indicate, it has been known […]


New video: how to search

July 22, 20201:41 pmLeave a Comment

We’re adding a series of videos on YouTube. First up, here’s one to help you use our website with tips on searching our online catalogue: We’d love to know what you think of this.

Preserving documents and books

July 17, 20205:43 pmOctober 13, 2020 9:18 amLeave a Comment

Following on from her blogs on preserving your photos, Seren, gives some tips for preserving your documents, books and artwork. She writes… Preservation can be described as providing layers of protection around cherished items, and the layers can be defined as: 1st layer – Folder/sleeve/envelope  2nd layer – Box     3rd layer –  Strong room (cupboard, […]

Shropshire Archives entrance

Re-opening survey

July 13, 20201:11 pmJuly 14, 2020 9:42 amLeave a Comment

Thank you to everyone who took time to fill in the re-opening survey or contact us with views. We had almost 200 responses which is fantastic. It has been really positive to see the interest and also your confidence in our ability to ensure visits are as safe and productive as possible. The onsite service […]

Quatt industrial school

July 9, 202011:02 amLeave a Comment

This week’s history begins at home theme is schools. Here we look at one of the more unusual schools in Shropshire and what we can find out, despite having little in the way of records from the school itself. The 1844 Poor Law Amendment Act enabled Poor Law Unions to band together to establish a […]

John Randall

July 2, 202011:27 amLeave a Comment

Continuing the themes of ‘History begins at home’, we look at the life of John Randall – a man who certainly knew how to make good use of his time! John Randall’s life was remarkable, not only because he lived to be 100, but also for his accomplishments in a number of fields.  During his […]

Thomas Parr

June 26, 202011:23 amLeave a Comment

The old, old, very old man To tie in with this weeks ‘History Begins at Home’ campaign, we’ve dug out an old post, written by senior archive assistant, Karen. She looked at the many accounts of Thomas Parr, the Shropshire peasant who was eventually buried at Westminster Abbey at the age of 152. Many centenarians […]

Railway Plans – LNWR

June 24, 20203:33 pmJune 26, 2020 8:55 amLeave a Comment

If you are a railway enthusiast, you might be interested in one of the latest lists to go on our online catalogue. This is a collection of railway plans for the London and North Western and Shropshire Union Railways. The London and North Western Railway was formed in 1846 by the merger of the Grand […]

History begins at home

June 19, 202010:39 amLeave a Comment

‘History Begins at Home’ is a new national campaign which aims to connect people through conversations about history and to capture and then share these conversations, memories and stories through Facebook and Twitter. The idea behind the campaign is to encourage family members of different generations to connect or re-connect by discovering previously unknown facts […]