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Go behind the scenes at Shropshire Archives for Heritage Open Days           

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In celebration of the Heritage Open Days festival, Shropshire Archives are giving you the chance to go behind the scenes and get a glimpse of the fantastic collections held.

Shropshire Archives

Shropshire Archives

During your visit you will learn how to use Shropshire Archives as well as seeing the archive stores where over 5 and a half miles (9km) of records are housed in environmentally-controlled conditions.

Shropshire Archives visitors

Shropshire Archives – a previous Heritage Open Day (2017)

The stores hold local material from 12th Century charters right up to yesterday’s local newspaper.

You will also see the work of the conservation and reprographics sections of the Archives.

The event will take place on Tuesday 17 September 2019 from 2pm – 3.30pm.

Records on display at Shropshire Archives include items recently received into the archives. These include 20th Century cartoons from a Shrewsbury business, diaries of a First World War trench map maker and cards used in an elegant 18th Century parlour game.

cartoons at Shropshire Arhives

20th century cartoon from a Shrewsbury business: viewable at Shropshire Archives

Mary McKenzie, Shropshire Council’s Archives manager, said:

“This is a great opportunity for you to see all aspects of our work, including a rare chance to see behind the scenes. A fascinating range of Shropshire documents will also be on display, and refreshments will be provided by the Friends of Shropshire Archives.”

This event has been very popular in past years so early booking is recommended.

You can book your place by popping into Shropshire Archives or by emailing archives@shropshire.gov.uk.

Refreshments will be available.

To find out more about Shropshire Archives, visit the website.

Shropshire Archives is managed by Shropshire Council.

Shropshire Archives – the gateway to the history of Shropshire and Telford

Shropshire Archives is the archives and local studies service for the historic county of Shropshire, including Telford and Wrekin.

They preserve documents, books, maps, photographs, plans and drawings relating to Shropshire’s past and present and make them accessible to you.

The team provide a service for schools, as well as an outreach and events programme. There are also many opportunities for volunteers, who provide crucial support in the management of records and making them accessible.

The service is funded by Shropshire Council and Telford and Wrekin Council and is supported by the Friends of Shropshire Archives.

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,000 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all free.