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Bridgnorth prepares for its annual History Week in May

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The annual Bridgnorth History Week will be held at Bridgnorth Library from Monday 14 May -Saturday 19 May 2012. 

This year will see a packed programme including three guided walks, a talk by Sylvia Watts on Shropshire almshouses, and a talk by Phil Revell on his book “A Spurious Brood”, which is based on the local More family. 

Those keen to discover more about their family and local history will be able to find out more with the help of our Discover Shropshire volunteers, who will hold drop in sessions throughout the week, during normal library opening hours. 

Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member, said:

“This annual event gives local people and visitors a chance to take a look into the rich history of this part of Shropshire.  I would like to personally thank the Discover Shropshire volunteers who will be on hand that week to guide you through all the information available.” 

Les Winwood, a local Shropshire Councillor for Bridgnorth West and Tasley, said:

“I would like to thank all those at Bridgnorth Library for their hard work pulling this event together again this year.  The Bridgnorth area is so full of history, and it is so important that local people can take part and enjoy the week of events.” 

John Hurst-Knight, also a local Shropshire Councillor for Bridgnorth West and Tasley, said;

“The town is full of various historic interest from the river to schools, so whatever your age there will be something of interest.  The Friends Of Bridgnorth Library have given some funding to help this project.” 

Other events during the week will also include a computer course called “Ancestry and other websites for family history”, for those who want to discover more about their ancestors via the Internet; and displays on RAF Bridgnorth, the 150th anniversary of the Severn Valley Railway, and the missing buildings of Bridgnorth, in the Local History Centre. 

For details of all events and to purchase tickets please contact Bridgnorth Library on 01746 763358, email bridgnorth.library@shropshire.gov.uk.