August edition of Family Tree Magazine UK is out now and contains a 2 page spread on Shropshire FHS, this is the first in a series "Spotlight on...", so we are honoured to have been chosen.
Deliberately blurry view of article:-
We also have a couple of vacancies for volunteers
From Andrew Davidson, Senior Conservator
We are looking for a volunteer with tidy handwriting and a tidy mind to work on parish and other records. The work involves writing progressive reference numbers in pencil and straightening out folded documents before filing them. This task sounds deceptively simple; referencing requires a degree of concentration and discipline and the best of us make mistakes! Ideally this would be done on a Thursday but other times could be considered. If you think you’d enjoy this kind of work apply to Andrew at email@example.com or phone 01743 255358 .
We also have a vacancy to join the Tuesday cataloguing group, either for a full or half day. At the moment we are working on cataloguing parish records, and also inputting information from the Shrewsbury Deeds collection (6000 series). Some level of IT skill is required, but training will be given. Accuracy and attention to detail are essential. If you are interested please contact me, either by email or phone 01743 255356.
Please pass this on to anyone you think might be interested.
Team Leader, Shropshire Archives
Following a consultation on opening hours at Shropshire Council’s Shropshire Archives, the service’s opening hours will remain largely unchanged.
After feedback from the public, and The National Archives, who have a legal role in regulating archive services across the country, Shropshire Council has reflected on the original proposals and has agreed that the service will be open as follows:
This amounts to 19.5 hours a week, compared to the 20 hours currently offered.
The Saturdays once a month opening is a change from the existing opening pattern, of every other Saturday 10am-2pm. There was strong support for opening on Saturdays in the consultation, but the current service is not well used. It is hoped that opening on Saturdays once a month, for a longer day, will prove popular with customers.
During opening times, the service will be enhanced from the current position, with access to original archive documents available during all opening hours. At the moment a library-style service operates from 2-4pm on Thursdays and Fridays. The opening hours will be reviewed in six months, particularly with regard to the Saturdays once a month opening.
Over 160 responses were received to the consultation and the new pattern of opening hours will be introduced from June 2016.
Stuart West, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for leisure and culture, said:-
“I am delighted that we have largely been able to retain the current opening hours provision at Shropshire Archives. We hope that the public will continue to enjoy using the service to explore Shropshire’s fantastic history and heritage.”
SHROPSHIRE OPEN ON SUNDAY ONLY:
Rockhill Mill Greete SY8 3BT NGR.:SO571721
10.00-4.00 Donations. Parking. 5 miles SE of Ludlow. Mill is on minor road, ½ mile SW of Whitton and 2 miles SE of Caynham. In the same family ownership since 1640, a restoration challenge of an empty corn mill building being brought back to full working condition. A second-hand waterwheel from Wales has been installed. The waterwheel will be turning.
Charlcotte Iron Furnace, Neenton WV16 6RR NGR.:SO639861
11.00-4.00 Free entry. Limited parking. Down farm track, 1 mile S of Neenton. Early 18th century charcoal-fired blast furnace, originally powered by waterwheel. An amazing survival.
Wrickton Mill, Neenton WV16 6RS NGR.:SO642858
11.00-4.00 Free entry. Limited parking. Off short lane, 1½ miles S of Neenton. Fully restored complete corn mill with 3 pairs of stones. The waterwheel will be turning.
Clun Youth Hostel, Clun SY7 8NY NGR.:SO304813
2.00-5.00 Donations. Limited parking. Follow signs in Clun to Youth Hostel, which is on lane to NE of village. Formerly a corn mill, it retains its machinery. 3 sets of millstones, a drying kiln and a rare and early turbine in a deep pit. Afternoon teas available.
SHROPSHIRE OPEN ON SATURDAY & SUNDAY:
The Mill on the Green, Ludlow SY8 1EG NGR.:SO507745
10.00-4.00 Free entry. Café. By Dinham Bridge, on E side of river below Ludlow Castle. New building incorporating café on site of former mill. Impressive weir. New waterwheel generating electricity.
Daniel’s Mill, Bridgnorth WV16 5JL NGR.:SO718918
11.00-5.00 Charges: adults £5, concession & children £4. Parking. Off the B4555, ¾ mile S of Bridgnorth. 3 sets of millstones, powered by very large waterwheel fed by water at 2 levels. In dramatic setting by Severn Valley Railway viaduct. Refreshments available, flour etc. on sale. This is a working mill.
For more info on the whole event click here
Shropshire FHS are preparing our stand and team for meeting all of you who are attending this years Who Do You Think You Are? Live.
We will be on Stands 17 & 18 in the Society of Genealogists Zone, Hall 2, The NEC, Birmingham B40 1NT.
Thursday 7th April 2016 to Saturday 9th April 2016
Other Family History Societies with stands booked include:-
Berkshire FHS; Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry; Black Country Society; Cambridgeshire FHS; Caribbean FHG; Coventry FHS; Devon FHS; East Anglian Group of FHSs; East Surrey FHS; Families in British India Soc; Federation of Family History Societies; Glamorgan FHS; Hampshire Genealogy Soc; Herefordshire FHS; Irish Genealogical Research Soc; Jersey FH Forum; Jewish Genealogical Soc of GB; Lincolnshire FHS; Liverpool & South West Lancashire FHS; Malvern FH; Manchester and Lancashire FHS; Methodist Heritage; North of Ireland FHS; North West Group of FHSs; Northants FHS; Nuneaton and North Warwickshire FHS; Oxfordshire FHS; Powys FHS; Ryedale FHG; Sheffield FHS; Society of Genealogists; Suffolk FHS; Surrey History Centre; Gloucester FHS; The Huguenot Society; The Irish FHS; National Library of Wales; UKBMD; Verein für Computergenealogie e.V.; West Surrey FHS; Westdeutsche Gesellschaft fur Familienkunde e.V; Western Front Association; Wharfedale FH; Wiltshire FHS; Yorkshire Group of FHSs.
See this page for more info on exhibitors
If you aren't going to WDYTYA?Live, then check out our events page that list the other Fairs and Shows we are attending (this page is constantly updated as other event bookings are confirmed)
Just a quick note to let you know that, despite the cold, a very good turnout attended last nights AGM, which was chaired by our president Sir Algernon Heber-Percy, KCVO, JP, HM Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire, until Andrew Bennett was re-elected back into the role of Chairman for the year.
Loraine Hunt was voted onto committee and we thanked Fran Batson, who was was stepping down from her role on committee but she and her husband Ron would continue as Speaker Secretaries.
This was followed by a talk on Beer, Ballots and Bribers (explaining Shrewsbury's role in 18th/early 19th century Polls) by Keith Hudson.
Happy New Year to everyone, we are now planning this years trips out with our stand, the plan so far is:-
Check our events page for more detail once we have our bookings confirmed.
If you are a member and wish to offer assistance at any of these events please let us know via Fairs we are particulary in need of help at the Dorset Fair at Poole with unloading and setting up between 9 and 10AM and cover over the lunchtime period.