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Ordnance Survey map sale, 7 Dec 2019

November 26, 201910:09 amDecember 11, 2019 11:28 amLeave a Comment

Following rationalisation of its map collection, Shropshire Archives is disposing of duplicate copies of the second edition 1:2500 scale Ordnance Survey maps of Shropshire. These are mostly dated 1900-1903. There are also a few map sheets for surrounding counties. The maps are used: some are torn, some have annotations, and a few are photocopies, but […]

St Chad's parish boxes

Closed week, Nov 2019

November 19, 201910:39 amDecember 5, 2019 1:35 pmLeave a Comment

During our closed week (from 25 November this year), we were able to carry out essential behind the scenes work which can only be achieved when we aren’t open to the public. This year we were able to: Put up new archive standard shelves in our stores Re-order and rationalise shelving to create space for […]

Mystery of the chimney stacks

October 24, 201911:15 amLeave a Comment

During the cataloguing of Ted Picken’s photographs, volunteer Tony Price came across the following intriguing photograph…. He writes…. “In the Ted Picken box was a large photograph of a big house, completely burnt to the ground, with only three large chimney stacks standing.(PH/B/34/85/243)  Two men are looking at the camera.  Could one be the owner? […]

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Picken photographs

October 5, 20191:53 pmApril 21, 2020 9:25 amLeave a Comment

The fabulous photographs of Bucknell from the Edward (Ted) Picken collection are now available on our website. This largely due to the work of volunteer Tony Price who has added descriptions to the catalogue and painstakingly researched the Picken family and provided background to the photographs. As the photographs are of Bucknell, they are under […]

letter from Attingham collection

Distance user survey

October 5, 201912:24 pmLeave a Comment

This Autumn, Shropshire Archives is taking part in a national survey of Archive Service ‘distance users’. The survey will help evaluate trends and improve user satisfaction.   If you email us or contact us through the website we’ll send you a link to the survey. It should take no more than 5 to 10 minutes […]

Annual lecture

Annual lecture, 16 Nov 2019

September 20, 20191:06 pmNovember 19, 2019 10:32 amLeave a Comment

Women of Excellent Understanding: The Wives and Daughters of the Lunar Society The Friends of Shropshire Archives are delighted to welcome back Dr Kate Croft to deliver their annual lecture ‘Women of Excellent Understanding: The Wives and Daughters of the Lunar Society’. The men of the eighteenth-century Lunar Society are well known, but what about […]

Ludlow Castle Heraldic Roll

September 18, 20191:28 pmApril 21, 2020 9:24 amLeave a Comment

Discovered in a London antique shop in 2015 and dating from c.1580, the beautiful Ludlow Castle Heraldic roll contains 42 coats of arms of some of the owners of Ludlow castle, presidents and members of the Council in the Marches of Wales from the 11th century to the 16th. It records the arms painted in […]

Researching for a play

September 6, 20199:13 amSeptember 6, 2019 9:16 amLeave a Comment

A blog post by Philip David Jones who volunteered at Shropshire Archives last year as part of his English Degree. ‘No, Father, not everything is available on the Internet. It was actually during a school trip to Shropshire Archives that I discovered a Victorian entertainments bill, which I asked to see and then photographed.’ During […]

Building control plan Mount Street DA16-710-14-10

House history, starts 5 Nov 2019

August 16, 20192:24 pmDecember 11, 2019 2:17 pmLeave a Comment

This course is now fully booked. It is a popular course which we run on a regular basis. If you would like to go on a waiting list, please email: [email protected]    Every house has a story; tracing the history of your property and finding out about the people who lived there can be absolutely fascinating […]

More Picken photographs

August 7, 20193:33 pmLeave a Comment

Our volunteer photograph cataloguer, Tony Price, has been doing more research on the wonderful Picken photographs. He writes… Having met a descendant of the Picken/Cooper family, Jo Whitaker, I was able to put some names to photographs, and add more information and stories behind them. In the last addition of the Friends of Shropshire Archives’ […]