Shropshire Archives

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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.

Venue Type:

Archive, Library

Opening hours

Wednesday: 10am-5pm
Thursday: 10am-8pm
Friday: 10am-5pm
Saturday: 10am-4pm

Admission charges


Collection details


Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
The Nature of War poster

The Nature of War

  • 1 — 31 July 2016 *on now

St Chad’s is hosting this Arts Council supported exhibition to mark Somme100 – the anniversary of the first month of the Battle of the Somme.
Sculpture, sound, video and print artworks are featured in this exhibition which commemorates not only the start of the battle, but also 14 July 1916 when our local regiment: The King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, suffered its highest number of casualties in one day.
The artworks are displayed around the historic grade I listed Church with its unique round building. The exhibition by re:collect artist group includes work by Jill Impey, Jacqui Dodds, Julie Edwards, Elizabeth Turner and Keith Ashford.
The exhibition will be held throughout July and entry to the exhibition is free.


St Chad's Church
St Chad's Terrace

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Six Year's of Commemorations by Oakengates and District Royal British Legion.

  • 5 December 2015 — 25 July 2021 *on now

On the date of their death, or closest date to it, a simple graveside ceremony will be held. The Standard will be present together with a Buglar who will play The Last Post. Prayers will be said by officiating clergy. Where possible a short biography relating to the person will be read out.
These commemorations will be held at, Hadley, Ketley, Lilleshall, Oakengates, Priorslee, St.Georges, Wombridge, and Wrockwardine Wood.
It is hoped that any descendants will get in touch, and participate.


Oakengates area

WW1 Monuments


  • 17 June — 13 August 2016 *on now

‘WW1 MONUMENTS REMEMBERED’ is a large scale photographic art installation/exhibition in St Mary the Virgin Church, Shrewsbury.
Project concept and installation by international 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 and The Lochnagar Crater Project Somme France.

‘WW1 Monuments Remembered’ brings together a photographic collection of images from the many 100s of WW1 Monuments that are spread across the county of Shropshire. Displaying the artwork for 1st July onwards it will coincide with the 100 year anniversary since the start of the Battle of the Somme. The sculptural display of photographs will incorporate soil from the Somme.

Carl Jaycocks photographs record of some of the estimated 900 listed monuments in Shropshire they come in many types and variations from small intimate objects to large scale memorials. He brings the poignant images together to create a large temporary sculptural object which is crowned with a half sphere of soil from the Somme. The soil creates a connection to the ‘Lochnagar Crater’ from the Somme battlefields of WW1 which is a now a place of peace and reconciliation.

In addition to the ‘WW1 Monuments Remembered’ Carl will be displaying an artwork dedicated to Wilfred Owen called ‘Wilfred Owen and The Europeans’
An artwork that was created in collaboration with students from Shrewsbury Sixth Form College and visiting French and German students commemorating WW1 poets and focusing on Wilfred Owen.

The ‘WW1 Monuments Remembered’ project will enable people to learn about WW1 heritage in the region and reflect on our nations heritage. This will also create an opportunity for people to pay their respects to remember those who fought or gave their lives during WW1.

Supporting this exhibition is his research material to create the ‘WW1 Monuments Remembered’ project which will include all the images and research source material on monuments of Shropshire locations etc.

‘WW1 MONUMENTS REMEMBERED’ –will be accompanied by a free artist talk on Tuesday 12th July at 10.30 about the exhibition/installation and sharing an informal look his public/art practice.


Church of St Mary the Virgin,
St Mary's Street,

Shropshire Archives
Castle Gates



Mary McKenzie's email

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general public number

01743 255350

Mary McKenzie, County Archivist

01743 255356


general fax number

01743 255355

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