21/04/2011 - Permalink

Discover Bridgnorth’s fascinating history

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Residents and visitors will be able to find out all about Bridgnorth’s fascinating history at the town’s library from 13 May to 20 May 2011, as part of Bridgnorth History Week.

Now in its fifth year, Bridgnorth History Week offers a wide range of talks, guided walks and information sessions.  Many events focus specifically on Bridgnorth history, while others cover wider historical subjects.

The programme includes town guide and author Dorothy Nicolle, who is giving a talk on Shropshire in World War 2.  Sandra Shakespeare will be demonstrating the techniques of rag rugging, and explaining the history of rag rugs.  Professor Malcolm Wanklyn will be giving a talk about George Robert Gitton, the 19th century Bridgnorth printer and journalist.

As well as talks, there will also be opportunities during the week to meet the library’s local history volunteers, who can give guidance on researching family and local history.  For researching family history using the Internet, a short course is on offer run by a member of staff from Shropshire Archives.

Councillor Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for culture and leisure, said:

“Bridgnorth History Week has been very well supported over the last few years, showing just how important local history is to residents of the town.  The library’s history resources are available all year round, but these events offer a great opportunity to find out more.”

William Parr, a Shropshire Councillor for Bridgnorth East and Astley Abbotts, said:

” I cannot emphasise enough how important and exciting the history of the Bridgnorth area is.  We have had the BBC Production Team with Tony Robinson ‘Time Team’ investigate our castle and local enthusiasm for our history is endless. Let’s discover Bridgnorth’s history together.”

Emma Spenser, Shropshire Council’s team librarian at Bridgnorth Library, added:

“Last year many of the events did sell out in advance, so our advice is to get your tickets early.  Some of the speakers from last year are back by popular demand, so we are sure to have an enjoyable week.”

A leaflet giving details of all the events and how to get tickets is now available from Bridgnorth Library.  Alternatively, people are encouraged to contact the library on 01746 763358.