The archives and local studies centre for the historic county of Shropshire.
We have 5 ½ miles of shelving holding local material from 12th century charters right up to yesterday’s Shropshire Star.
REMEMBER WW1- ‘Remembrance Field’
- 28 July — 11 August 2015 *on now
Project concept and installation by artist Carl Jaycock and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. It is also supported by The Churches Conservation Trust, Shropshire Regimental Museum and Herefordshire Archive Services.
The exhibition presents a large scale art installation by Carl Jaycock that commemorates WW1. The installation focuses on the 4663 individuals from Shropshire that gave their lives in WW1. Where possible the installation uses portraits of men and women from Shropshire and additionally is supported by images of other men and women from Britain who displayed great acts of courage and bravery during WW1. The prints formed into tubes with the thousands of faces on them parody the shell cases that were made in their millions by munitions workers and this installation includes portraits of the women munitions workers from Hereford factories who made the shells during WW1. They were affectionately known as the ‘Canary Girls’ due to their skin going a yellow colour due to handling the chemicals when making the shells.
The installation wraps itself around the WW1 commemorative chapel and on closer looking reveals a few old original WW1 shells decorated with flower patterns and negated of their original use by the soldiers 100 years ago. This created what we now call trench art. The installation flows from the WW1 remembrance altar with original shells and finishes with 113 candles which are symbolic of all those unknown soldiers on the monuments of Shropshire.
Church of St Mary the Virgin
St Mary's Street
My Dearest Girls: The Letters Book
- 5 August 2015 7:30-9pm
Created by Francesca Millican-Slater and based on the real letters sent between 6 friends during 1917-1920, My Dearest Girls: the Letters Book uses music, cabaret and Music Hall to inform the telling of these women's tales.
Church Stretton School
Then Only the Empty Spaces
- 24 October 2015 From 7:30pm
This concert, by the Bloomsbury Chamber Orchestra (BCO), features works associated with the First World War, in one respect or another.
The works of George Butterworth, who was killed on the Somme in 1916, occupies a position in music equivalent to that inhabited by Wilfred Owen in poetry. His orchestral rhapsody A Shropshire Lad, which opens the BCO’s programme, acts as a postlude to Butterworth’s settings of A E Housman’s poetry cycle of the same name, and uses themes found in those songs. Love Blows as the Wind Blows, also by Butterworth, is a short and beautiful song cycle, setting words by W E Henley for which the BCO is joined by the excellent, Shropshire-based tenor, John Bowen.
The two remaining works in the first half of the BCO’s concert are by Michael Turner, a resident of South Shropshire and Music Director of the BCO. A War Song Medley features many well-known tunes, popular at the time of World War One, which Michael Turner has arranged for the orchestra and the Shropshire Girls Choir. The choir also features in a wholly new piece by Michael Turner, Then Only the Empty Spaces which aims to depict in broad terms the dark days before the declaration of war, the early triumphalist attitude to the war, followed by the realisation of the horrors that beset those on the front line. Both A War Song Medley and Then Only the Empty Spaces receive their world premieres at this concert.
The second half is given over to A Pastoral Symphony by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Vaughan Williams had served as an ambulance driver in France and this work, written in 1923, serves as a reminiscence in music of what he witnessed. The second movement includes a passage where the orchestral trumpet imitates the practicing of a bugler, that the composer encountered in France, whose attempts always included a wrong note. For the two vocalises for solo voice that appear at the end of the work, the orchestra will be joined by John Bowen once again.
Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad
Turner: A War Song Medley
Butterworth: Love Blows as the Wind Blows
Turner: Then Only the Empty Spaces
Vaughan Williams: A Pastoral Symphony (No.3)
Bloomsbury Chamber Orchestra
Shropshire Girls Choir
John Bowen, Tenor
Michael Turner, conductor
The Church of St John the Baptist
£10.00 per adult, £2.50 for children and students
Mary McKenzie's email
general archives eail
general public number
Mary McKenzie, County Archivist
general fax number