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Re-imagine: poems

May 19, 20204:36 pmLeave a Comment

In 2018, local poet Jean Aitkin led workshops using  a variety of collections at Shropshire Archive’s to provide inspiration for poems or short prose based on archive sources. You can read the poems in the A3 Reivew (PDF). Jean is running online courses at the moment and you can find out more about her work […]

Research tips: newspapers

May 15, 20203:27 pmLeave a Comment

We would love to hear how our researchers are getting on with their searches. You might like to let us have your findings, or alternatively we are also asking people if they would like to share their experiences of these strange times. Future researches may be very interested in how everyone coped and how it […]


May 14, 20209:48 amLeave a Comment

The last part of our re-create, remember and re-imagine theme shows how Archives can be used to inspire creativity. As more of our collections are digitised, you can view some of the wonderful photographs, watercolours and other more visual archives from your home. Simply search our website for a subject or place, then use the […]

Edward Pryce Owen sketches

May 13, 202011:15 amJune 24, 2020 4:19 pmLeave a Comment

Shropshire Archives has recently catalogued and digitised a volume of over 100 sketches by Edward Pryce Owen, [Shropshire Archives ref 6001/201]. They were produced during the 1820s and 30s and show locations in Shropshire, the Peak District and Wales. The subjects are varied, and include landscapes, boats, architecture, figure and animal studies. Many show places […]

Mindful Moment

May 13, 20209:17 amMay 19, 2020 7:21 amLeave a Comment

Share a Mindful Moment with Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery… Shropshire Museums are launching a ‘Mindful Museums’ project and want you to take part. The museums team have produced a series of short videos offering listeners a mindful exploration of artworks and objects held in the collection of Shropshire Museums. The videos are accompanied by […]

Williams watercolour of Buildwas Bridge

Remember: Buildwas Bridges

May 12, 20202:04 pmMay 13, 2020 8:17 amLeave a Comment

Volunteer, Tony Price, remembers visiting Buildwas and how he found our more about the bridges in his subsequent research: “As a child I was taken to Buildwas by my parents. My father was visiting his boss. I however was more interested in the railway level crossing, always hoping that the crossing keeper would come out […]

Remember: York Place celebrations

May 7, 20203:50 pmLeave a Comment

We’ve found this wonderful picture of celebrations following the end of the Second World War. It’s taken in the Summer so possibly later celebrations for VE (Victory in Europe) day or even VJ (Victory over Japan) day. It’s fascinating as it’s one of the few photographs of the local post war celebrations that the Archives […]

Shropshire’s Historic Environment Record

May 6, 20209:08 amLeave a Comment

Stay safe: research archaeological sites and historic buildings at home with Shropshire’s Historic Environment Record Shropshire’s Historic Environment Record (HER) is a continuously developing database, compiling, indexing and making available information on the varied historic environment of Shropshire – it’s archaeological sites, finds and features, historic buildings, structures and landscapes. The HER is based within […]

Remember: VE day

May 6, 20208:03 amLeave a Comment

The 8th May marks the anniversary of VE Day, the end of fighting in Europe during the Second World War. The news must have been greeted with a mixture of emotions, relief and jubilation but also regret for lives lost and concern for those still fighting in the Far East. It was not until 15th […]

Alison and Ann Whittle cake

Re-create: recipes and remedies

May 5, 20209:20 amLeave a Comment

Earthworms in wine anybody? One of our favourites at the Archives is a lovely little item, which we call Ann Whittle’s book ref 1416/36. It’s a voyage account book and exercise book as well as a remedy and recipe book. It is highly likely that there is more than one author in this little book, […]