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

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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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 […]