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Re-create, remember and re-imagine

May 1, 202010:00 amMay 27, 2020 3:25 pmLeave a Comment

Over the next month we want to help you unlock the potential of the image collections at Shropshire Archives. Re-create See if you can re-create some of the photographs! We’ve followed the lead of the Getty Museum Challenge. Staff have (in their own time) re-created a few of our favourite photographs and challenge you to […]

Re-creating photographs - the Hawkestone hermit

Re-create: photographs

April 30, 20209:31 amMay 6, 2020 8:04 amLeave a Comment

You may have seen the brilliant recreations of paintings by the Getty We thought some of the photographs held by Shropshire Archives might also provide some inspiration. Staff at Shropshire Archives picked their favourite photographs to re-create (in their own time of couse). You’ll usually encounter Kev fetching and issuing documents at the Archives. Here […]

More More records

April 29, 20209:07 amLeave a Comment

The material relating to the More family of Linley deposited at Shropshire Archives is extensive – taking up over a hundred boxes.  As well as the newer family material ref 9071 (discussed in previous blog posts) there are other collections that have been housed at Shropshire Archives for some time.  These include: 445 Records from […]

Your experiences

April 28, 20201:45 pmLeave a Comment

Appeal for coronavirus diaries We are living in quite unprecedented, unsettling and strange times. The experience of individuals in this time of national crisis will be important for future historical research. Shropshire Archives is interested in keeping a record of the experiences of the people of Shropshire during the current Covid-19 Pandemic and the impact […]

Evacustes Phipson

April 24, 202010:55 amApril 24, 2020 11:27 amLeave a Comment

Watercolourist and Radical Socialist Watercolours by Evacustes Phipson are in the collections of numerous county museums and archives as well as the V&A, London. Shropshire Archives has two volumes of his paintings ref 6001/1235 and 6. There are also examples of his work in the archive’s postcard collection. Phipson’s subject matter was principally old buildings […]

Research tips – old handwriting

April 22, 202010:06 amLeave a Comment

If you have got back to the early 16th or 17th century in parish registers or other documents, you might find the unusual handwriting and letter forms known as ‘secretary hand’. Archivist Helen Haynes has often run courses on Palaeography – reading old handwriting – at Shropshire Archives. Here she gives her top ten tips: […]

Hope-Edwardes of Netley

April 21, 20209:23 amLeave a Comment

This continues the blog post on the More of Linley papers. The second part of the cataloguing project concerned the papers of the Hope-Edwardes family of Netley Hall now online at Hope-Edwardes (9071/B). The family held estates in Shropshire at Greete and Harnage as well as at Netley and also a substantial amount of property […]

More of Linley collection

April 17, 20203:44 pmLeave a Comment

During 2018-2019, thanks to funding from the family, we were able to catalogue the papers of the More of Linley.  The full list is now online: More of Linley (9071/A) The collection also include papers of the Hope-Edwardes family of Netley Hall (Clare Hope-Edwardes married Sir Jasper More in 1944) – but more of this […]

Research tips – census returns

April 15, 202011:02 amLeave a Comment

We hope that you have been able to continue with your family history research, even though the good weather has probably tempted you into your garden over the past few weeks.  We are still dealing with enquiries remotely, and it looks like plenty of people are using their time at home to look into both […]

Easter customs

April 9, 20205:34 pmLeave a Comment

The picture below shows an outing at Loton park, with some rather fabulous Easter bonnets on display. An older Easter custom was the Easter ‘love feast’. Churchwardens’ account books tell us that these were held at Berrington and Clungunford, probably as a version of the dedication festival for the churches. At Berrington, the feast was […]