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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