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Storing your photos

June 2, 20204:22 pmJune 4, 2020 4:46 pmLeave a Comment

Following on from her advice on handling photos safely, our conservator, Seren Fisher, gives tips on storing your photographs properly…. Potential damage by poor storage Irreversible damage is caused to your prints, negatives and slides by storing or displaying them in inappropriate materials, and exposing them to heat, light and humidity. Typical forms of damage […]

Preserving your photos

June 2, 20204:20 pmJune 4, 2020 4:44 pmLeave a Comment

Our conservator, Seren Fisher, gives some warnings and advice on handling and storing prints, negatives and slides in this two-part blog …. If there could be a silver lining to this horrific pandemic, it might be the opportunity it gives us to work on all those projects that have been waiting for a rainy day. […]

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Research tips: house history

May 27, 20203:21 pmMay 27, 2020 3:22 pmLeave a Comment

If you’ve been enjoying David Olusoga’s House through time currently on BBC 2, you may be inspired to research your own house history. We’ve come up with a few top tips to get you started… Check your title deeds if you have them. These record the sale or transfer of property and give the full […]

Bringing Asylum Records into the Light

May 26, 202010:00 amMay 27, 2020 10:28 amLeave a Comment

Senior Archivist, Sal Mager, discusses a new collection of patient records from the Asylum at Shelton. We recently featured an article on social media in which a Canadian couple wrote about their discovery of family records in the Shelton Asylum patient files.   Sharing this beyond Shropshire Archives’ own Facebook page stimulated some interesting comments as […]

Rev Williams’ watercolours

May 20, 20204:15 pmLeave a Comment

Rev Edward Williams painted a lovely series of watercolours, which are invaluable to anyone studying local church history.  The images have been on our online catalogue for a little while but if you’ve not seen them before they are well worth exploring. The watercolours were purchased at auction by Sir Offley Wakeman, who presented them […]

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 […]