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Sir Henry Sidney and the Ludlow Castle Heraldic Roll exhibition set to open

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Shropshire Museums Collections Centre in Ludlow is delighted to announce a new exhibition, ‘Sir Henry Sidney and the Ludlow Castle Heraldic Roll’.

This exhibition will show the original copy of the Ludlow Castle Heraldic Roll in its entirety.

An image of the Ludlow Castle Heraldic Roll that will be on display in the new exhibition at Shropshire Museums Collection Centre in Ludlow.

The Ludlow Castle Heraldic Roll

The Roll dates from Tudor England and was discovered by Ludlow resident, Hugh Wood, in 2015 and, through public appeal, was acquired by the Friends of Ludlow Museum.

The Heraldic Roll is a record on parchment of the shields painted by order of Sir Henry Sidney in 1573 in the newly-built chancel of the Round Chapel of St Mary Magdalene in Ludlow Castle.

Sir Henry was an Elizabethan courtier and statesman. He was appointed by Queen Elizabeth I to be President of the Council of the Marches in Wales in 1560 until his death in 1586. Ludlow Castle was the administrative centre of the Council of the Marches.

An image of the Corbet Shield on the Ludlow Castle Heraldic Roll which will feature in the new exhibition at Shropshire Museums Collections Centre in Ludlow.

Corbet Shield on the Ludlow Castle Heraldic Roll

The exhibition show a vivid reconstruction of the Chancel by leading historic buildings artist Chris Jones-Jenkins. The reconstruction shows how the shields may have originally been displayed. The Roll records the heraldic shields of the owners of the Castle, the Presidents of the Council and the Council members appointed in 1570.

An image of a shield that features on the Ludlow Castle Heraldic Roll which will be in the new exhibition at Shropshire Museums Collections Centre in Ludlow.

A shield on the Ludlow Castle Heraldic Roll

The exhibition also shows documents, arms and armour, and a series of tiles from Ludlow Castle which shows that, earlier in the Middle Ages, it had a fine series of tiled pavements with heraldic arms.

Abigail Cox, graduate curator with Shropshire Museums, said:

Shropshire Museums holds important Medieval and Tudor collections and we are delighted to display some of these alongside this important document. This gives a glimpse of just a fraction of what we hold in trust for the people of Shropshire.

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for culture, leisure, waste and communications, said:

Ludlow has a rich history and I’m pleased that we are able to share some of it through this wonderful exhibition.

The exhibition opens on Friday 4 October 2019 and will run until Friday 3 January 2020.

Sir Henry Sidney and the Ludlow Castle Heraldic Roll will be free to visit at Shropshire Museums Collections Centre in the Parkway, and will be open during library opening hours.

Shropshire Museums Collections Centre is owned by Shropshire Council.