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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.
"Such Good Fellows" - The Role of Baschurch in World War 1
- 26 January — 31 March 2015 *on now
The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital ("the Orthopaedic") which had been founded in 1900 was originally located at Baschurch in Shropshire and this was one of the places that injured soldiers were brought to for treatment during World War 1. Our display features two injured soldiers. One, Jim Sherwood, survived the war and went on to work at the hospital for 40 years. The other, Edwin Morris, also survived the war despite shrapnel injuries and being gassed and married Letitia Edwards who was working at Baschurch during the war.
The display also features a Thomas splint with supporting information. Sir Robert Jones, one of the hospital founders, popularised the use of the Thomas splint which reduced the mortality rate from fractures of the femur (thigh bone).
There are also other pictures from the time including a drawing made by one of the patients.
- Any age
The Main Entrance
The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital
Stokesay Court, Red Cross Hospital Centenary Weekend
- 18 — 19 April 2015 From 1pm
Transport yourself to 1915 - experience a WW1 ‘Field Hospital’, view exhibits from the Stokesay Court and British Red Cross archives and Shropshire Regimental Museum and tour the rooms where soldiers recuperated. Step back in time and experience how Stokesay Court might have been transformed as part of the war effort. Devised from research into Stokesay Court and British Red Cross archives. Proceeds to be shared with the British Red Cross.
Event 1pm - 4.30pm. Tea rooms open 1pm - 4pm. Tickets available from www.wegottickets.com or on the gate
Ticketed concert also available on 19 April 5 - 7pm - see separate listing. Concert tickets available in advance only.
See www.stokesaycourt.com for full details.
- Any age
Adult £8, child under 16 £4
I've Got a Blighty One - Concert
- 19 April 2015 From 5pm
The concert will include a selection of popular songs, hymns and poems of the time mixed with pre-recorded readings of letters, received from past patients of the hospital, and a narration explaining the story of the hospital and the roles of the owners, staff and patients. The entertainment will be provided by a troupe of local actors and musicians and staged in the evocative setting of Stokesay Court’s Great Hall. Proceeds will be shared with the British Red Cross. Combined tickets for the Open House afternoon event + concert (£18) and concert only tickets (£15) are limited and available in advance only from www.wegottickets.com
Full details on www.stokesaycourt.com
From Bismarck to the Bootmaker - How Shropshire Went to War
- 23 April 2015 From 7pm
On 23 April 1915, the 2nd Battalion KSLI was involved in several days of urgent action at the 2nd Battle of Ypres following a German gas attack.
To mark the centenary of the battle, Philip Stevens, author of The Great War Explained, will be delivering a lecture on the actions of the 2nd Battalion KSLI exactly 100 years ago to the day as they joined the battle at Ypres. Told through the story of local bootmaker turned soldier, Private Jos Herriman, Stevens will take a look at how the Great War began and will uncover the story of the Ypres Salient and gas warfare.
- Not suitable for children
Shropshire Regimental Museum
18:30 Drinks Reception | 19:00 Lecture
£10 Adults | £7 Friends | Booking required
Glass of wine included in ticket price