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Lots more lists online

November 27, 202012:04 pmFebruary 23, 2021 12:17 pmLeave a Comment

We always say it’s worth checking our online catalogue frequently as we constantly add new material. This is true now more than ever. We have finally transferred onto our website all the remaining catalogues, previously only available as paper lists on our search room shelves or online as part of the National Archives website, Discovery […]

More early census returns

November 24, 202010:07 amFebruary 25, 2021 4:19 pmLeave a Comment

During the latest lockdown we’ve added more census indexes and images to our website. The indexes were created by our wonderful volunteers. We hope this opens up access, allowing you to find that elusive ancestors or conduct a statistical analysis of the population. Wellington census, 1821 You can now browse and search for names in […]

A record of Swallows

November 20, 202010:37 amLeave a Comment

For many people 2020 has been a strange, unsettling and horrible year. There have, however, been moments hope including communities coming together as well as a chance to appreciate nature. We thought we’d share a lovely diary written by one of our volunteers: A record of Swallows during 2020 the year of the virus. When […]

Salop Fire Office insurance records

November 18, 202010:55 amLeave a Comment

Coming soon… Shropshire Archives holds a series of 12 books listing fire insurance policies taken out with Salop Fire Office between 1780 and 1889. The policies cover property in both Shropshire and Montgomeryshire. All of the books have been digitised and work is currently underway with a team of virtual volunteers to produce a detailed […]

Wellington settlement examinations

November 10, 202010:34 amLeave a Comment

During the first lock down, while working from home, I started cataloguing a volume of settlement examinations for Wellington, ref P291/L/3/1. I’ve just completed this and the index is now online complete with digital images. The examinations begin from September 1821 and extend to 1830, with some later notes added. They provide a fascinating glimpse […]

Entering lockdown again

November 5, 20204:50 pmLeave a Comment

Following the recent government announcement, Shropshire Archives will be closed from 5 November to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.   We will remain closed until the lockdown restrictions are lifted. We hope to re-open in December but this will be guided by national and local guidelines. We will continue to answer enquiries and provide […]

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 […]

Henry Box Brown

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