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Shropshire History Day to showcase county’s history and heritage

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Shropshire History Day – a showcase for the history and heritage of the county – takes place at Shirehall in Shrewsbury on Saturday 15 October, from 10.30am to 4pm.

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Organised by Shropshire Council’s Shropshire Archives and the Friends of Shropshire Archives this special, free, event is a great opportunity to investigate and share information about Shropshire’s fantastic history and heritage.

Over 20 local heritage organisations from all around the county will be there with displays and exhibits. There will be opportunities to hear what these different organisations do, what they can do for you and, maybe, what you can do for them.

Speakers throughout the day will be covering a variety of subjects including the history of Shrewsbury and Newport canals; 40 years of the Historic Environment Record, and Medieval seals, as well as highlighting the achievements of local heritage projects.

As part of the commemoration for the 100th anniversary of the First World War, a special highlight will be a talk investigating the trench cartoonist Bruce Bairnsfather, who created the unique ‘Old Bill’ character, and his Shropshire connections.

During the lunch break there will also be some Shakespearian entertainments, marking the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death

The day is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. All are welcome and sandwiches and light refreshments will be available to purchase on the day.

For more information and a full programme visit www.shropshirearchives.org.uk, telephone 0345 678 9096 or email archives@shropshire.gov.uk.