Shropshire Archives

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-4pm
Thursday: 10am-4pm
Friday: 10am-4pm
Saturday: First in the month 10am-4pm (advance orders only)

Admission charges


Collection details


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


Palaeography – how to read old writing

  • 28 February — 4 April 2017 *on now

Course tutor Helen Hayes uses varied documents include wills and inventories, parish registers, deeds, private letters and borough account books from Shropshire and further afield. This course is suitable for those with no previous experience of reading old documents but will also equip those experienced in local and family history research to understand their own older documents.

At Shropshire Archives, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury SY1 2AQ

Tuesdays starting 28 February 2017 for six weeks, 10am-midday


To book or for further information, please contact Museum Education, Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, the Square, Shrewsbury SY1 1LH, tel: 01743 258881 email:


Court book ref 322/1/1

Latin for local and family historians

  • 28 February — 4 April 2017 *on now

Do you find it difficult to make progress with your research when you find phrases or even whole documents are in Latin?

Although Latin is an archaic language, it was still in common use in written texts until the 18th century and even later.

This course is designed to help with a basic introduction to the language and examples of the common types of words and phrases used in a variety of documents from parish registers and account books to title deeds.

No previous knowledge of Latin is needed, and all materials are supplied.

Tuesdays starting 28 February for 6 weeks, 2pm – 4pm.


Book through Shrewsbury Museumtel: 01743 25881 email:


Shropshire Archives
Castle Gates



Mary McKenzie's email

general archives email


general public number

0345 678 9096

Mary McKenzie, County Archivist

01743 255356

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.