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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.
Pack Up Your Troubles
- 20 October — 26 November 2014 *on now
Pack Up Your Troubles is a project funded by Awards For All as part of nationwide commemorations to mark the centenary of World War One.
The Hive teamed up with local social housing provider Severnside Housing to explore, through its residents, the legacy of 'the Great War'.
Many residents said their relatives 'never talked about it' but we knew the anecdotes and stories were there - they just needed to be teased out. Through conversation around WW1 artefacts and mementos, we were able to dig a little deeper.
Between July and September 2014 a programme of craft and music workshops delivered by the Hive's creative team brought residents together to socialise, be creative, integrate and talk about the WW1 stories passed down through generations. Many residents were in their mid nineties, and their appetite for textiles, crafts and singing proved that one is never too old for creativity.
This WW1 commemorative exhibition includes examples of work created by the residents of Severnside Housing and documentation through photography, film and quotes.
- Any age
My Dearest Girls - The Letters Book
- 7 November 2014 From 7:30pm
A full length theatre piece based on the real letters sent between a groups of six Shropshire women between 1917-1920. against a background of war the women tell each other stories of their everyday life; as farmers, office workers, factory hands, nurses and teachers. There is gossip and hint of scandal, reprimands and reprisals, tales of dancing for royalty, fiancés on the frontline and how to feed 100 chickens while on rations. Combining character, live music and a touch of cabaret along with her warm and witty story telling Francesca Millican Slater tells the tales of the ladies of the letters. From town to country, across work and play, as friendships evolve, history happens and the war draws to a close. Will appeal to age 12+
Habberley Village Hall
Shropshire Drama Company presents The Accrington Pals
- 12 — 15 November 2014
There was much patriotic fervour after Britain entered WW1 in August 1914, and men enlisted and with high spirits marched off in their thousands to fight for king and country with the firm expectation that the war would be over in six months. In several towns they were encouraged to join up with their friends to form the well-known pals’ regiments, in the belief that fighting alongside each other would provide support and a sense of camaraderie. There was no inkling of the horrors that lay ahead.
Describing the background to the play, Rosalind Garrard said: “Accrington in Lancashire was a typical English town where a pals regiment was raised and then subsequently and tragically annihilated in the trench horror of the Somme. Although the characters are purely fictitious, the action in The Accrington Pals is based on historical fact and accounts from Peter Whelan’s own family. At times funny, at times sad, it provides an insight into how both men and women were affected by the monumental events of the ‘war to end all wars’. Nothing would ever be the same again.”
SDC offers The Accrington Pals as a tribute to all those who suffered so much in the war and its aftermath. During the four nights of the play The Royal British Legion, formed shortly after World War 1, will be taking a collection in the theatre foyer, contributions from which will go towards the unending and committed work it carries out to support not only the forces’ personnel, but also their families.
Peter Whalley, interim regional fundraising manager – Midlands at The Royal British Legion said: “It is important, in this centenary year, that we remember the sacrifices made by the troops that are typified in this performance of The Accrington Pals. The work we do now is just as vital as it was in the years following WW1 and we are delighted that SDC has chosen to support us. The money raised at our collections will go towards the £1.6 million we spend every week providing lifelong support to our armed forces and their families.”
Tickets are available to book through the theatre’s box office on 01743 281281 or online at www.theatresevern.co.uk/shows/drama/the-accrington-pals/.
£12/10 (concs). Block bookings available.