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.
Saturday: First in the month 10am-4pm (advance orders only)
Remembering the Fallen (Ludlow)
- 2 July — 11 November 2018
Loudwater Studio, Ludlow have been leading on a community project which has seen 143 ceramic poppies made by hand by individuals across the whole age and ability range from Ludlow. The ceramic poppies are a sight to be seen, although all made using the same template and design process every single one is unique and are sure to make a fabulous display all together in the Church garden. The poppies will be on display during July at St Laurence's Church, Ludlow when they will then move to Ludlow Library to become part of a larger display including textile art from local school children and the Library's own Knit and Natter group. The display will remain in the Library until 23 October when, following the procession of poppies through Ludlow, a Civic Service will be held to receive the poppies back to St. Laurence's in readiness for Remembrance Day. After Remembrance Day the ceramic poppies will be sold to raise funds for the Ludlow branch of the Royal British Legion.
St. Laurence's Church and Ludlow Library,
Oswestry’s Homefront Heroines.
- 1 — 16 November 2018
Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, the project will ensure the extraordinary stories of local women are not lost forever, and the impact the war had on women’s lives – which is still felt today, is recognised.
We know that the war changed the lives of women in Britain in extraordinary ways but the project will uncover real local stories, bringing them alive. It will look at what roles Oswestry women played on the home front and how they contributed to the war effort.
Would you like to get involved? Qube will be looking for volunteers to help with the huge task of collecting and recording information. Qube is inviting anyone with stories, photos, artefacts and personal testimony’s to share them with the project by getting in touch or by coming along to meet the Project Researcher, Sarah on Fridays from 1pm to 3pm.
Our Gallant 35...their lives, their families, their community
- 10 November 2018 11am-4pm
Drop in to find out more about Our Gallant 35 - who they were, where they lived and what life was like in our villages in 1918. A programme of poetry, readings and song will conclude the event between 3pm and 4pm. Refreshments will be available to purchase.
Welshampton Parish Hall
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.
Weekly Remembrance Services
- 9 May — 21 November 2018 *on now
Those remembered each week are shown on the St Chad's wesite https://stchadschurchshrewsbury.com/ww1-services/ and everyone is welcome to come and ask for other names to be included in the remembrance.
St Chad's Church
Wilfred Owen and Haughmond Hill Walk
- 8 July 2018 From 1:15am
This 2. 5 miles walk will be led by Keith Pybus. The walk is followed by tea and trench cake and evensong at Uffington Church.
Meet at the Village Hall, Uffington 1.15 pm before moving to walk starting point. £5 apiece for our church would be most welcome, & pay on the day. Those who wish to book email email@example.com or phone 01743 709644.
Walkers will be able to order in advance of its August launch a new book. Helen McPhail's "Wilfred Owen’s Shrewsbury: From the Severn to Poetry and War" is richly illustrated with archival photographs and is a vision, not only of Owen’s teenage years, but of everyday life in Shrewsbury in the early twentieth century.
Uffington Village Hall
Wilfred Owen Festival
- 15 September — 17 November 2018
The Wilfred Owen Festival is a festival of commemoration and remembrance taking place in the town of Oswestry, Shropshire. The festival will run from September 15th to November 17th, 2018. It is a festival designed to coincide with the centenary of Wilfred Owen’s death and the centenary of Armistice Day and will be a unique and fitting tribute to Owen in the town of his birth and to all those who sacrificed their lives for us during times of conflict.
A wide range of events and performances will be taking place throughout the period and will include Poetry, Drama, Music, Lectures, Re-enactment, Films, An Artist’s Trail, Exhibitions and much more!
There will also be the unveiling of a new life size bronze statue of Wilfred Owen commissioned by Oswestry Town Council. The statue is the work of local sculptor and artist Tim Turner and will be cast at the Castle Fine Arts Foundry in near-bye Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant.
THE FOUR SEASONS | REMEMBRANCE
- 18 September 2018 7:30-10pm
New English Ballet Theatre presents two contrasting works. Former English National Ballet soloist and choreographer Jenna Lee takes Max Richter’s vibrant recomposition of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons as the foundation of her neoclassical ballet. In REMEMBRANCE, world-renowned choreographer Wayne Eagling is inspired by Marie Rambert’s life during the Great War, set to Handel’s Ode for St Cecilia’s Day.
NEBT is a ballet company with a mission to nurture young talent and launch careers of emerging ballet dancers, choreographers, designers and musicians.
£18.50 - £16 CHILD/STUDENT £10
Wilfred Owen Statue Unveiling
- 20 October 2018
The life sized bronze statue of Wilfred Owen will be unveiled in Cae Glas Park, Oswestry on Saturday 20th October 2018. We are very pleased to announce that Peter Owen the nephew of Wilfred Owen and President of the Wilfred Owen Association and patron to the Wilfred Owen Festival will be unveiling the statue. The statue which will be the only life sized one in honour of our War poet Wilfred Owen in the country and is the work of local artist Tim Turner and will feature Owen in military uniform with a book and a pencil in hand. Words from his letters and poems will adorn the statue in the handwriting of local primary school children. There will also be five new poems written by pupils from The Marches School, Oswestry School, Lakelands Academy, Moreton Hall School and the Derwen College.
Cae Glas Park,
World War 1 Lunchtime Lecture with Two Course Lunch – Simon Jarman MBE
- 31 October 2018 12:30-2:30pm
Hunger stalked the civilian populations of all the combatant nations. Agriculture and food distribution suffered from strains imposed by the war and naval blockades reduced food imports. Some countries met this threat more successfully than others. World War 1 Historian Simon Jarman MBE explores this topic in his lunchtime lecture.
Simon Jarman MBE was a soldier for 29 years, including five working for the Army Cadet Force on Training Safety. His encounters from Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Rwanda and much more around the world gave him an insight of the experiences of modern conflict. Simon was awarded the MBE in 1999.
Simon is a keen sportsman and now works running Forest Skills and Bush craft for youngsters along with presentations and displays of memorabilia around the country, linked to the First World War, as an amateur historian he has had a book published linked to his great uncle and his experiences in the trenches.
He managed to fit in a trip of four months working with the British Antarctic Survey two years ago. Simon lives in Oswestry and is married to Linda, he has two children one an Army Officer and the other a nurse.
Oswestry Cricket Club
Magic Lantern Tales of WW1 – Ian McMillan & Ian Beesley
- 12 November 2018 7-9pm
Using a real magic lantern projector, poet & broadcaster Ian McMillan and documentary photographer Ian Beesley tell a story of the First World War from the point of view of men who survived it and lived on to old age and a changing world. Here too are the tales of women who worked in the factories that oiled the wheels of war.
Ian & Ian also explore the culture of magic lantern shows – from the natural world to engineering and from local novelties to the far-flung horizons of Empire.
Ian Mc Millan is poet-in-residence for The Academy of Urbanism and Barnsley FC. He presents The Verb every week on BBC R3 and he’s a regular on Coast, Pick of the Week, You & Yours, Last Word and The Arts Show. Previously, Ian has been resident poet for English National Opera, UK Trade & Investment Poet,Yorkshire TV’s Investigative Poet and Humberside Police’s Beat Poet. He’s been a castaway on Desert Island Discs and was featured on The South Bank Show. www.ianmcmillan.co.uk
Ian Beesley Hon FRPS is artist in residence for Bradford Institute for Health Research. His work is held in the collections of the National Media Museum Bradford, The Imperial War Museum London and The Smithsonian Museum Washington USA. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society in 2012. www.ianbeesley.com To book go to www.wilfredowenoswestry2018.org.uk
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