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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, […]

recreating an old photograph

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 […]