2017 Fairs and Show List

You may have gathered from stuff popping up, that we are starting to organise the Fairs and Show we will be attending in 2017.
Currently we are going to:-
4 Mar - Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society Open Morning @ Chirbury Village Hall
4 Mar - Wellington Community History Day @ All Saints Centre, Wellington (Yes 2 on same day!)
6-8 Apr - WhoDoYouThinkYouAre?Live @ NEC, Birmingham
13 May - Family & Local History Fair @ National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
3 Jun - Our own Shropshire FHS Family History Fair @ Shirehall, Shrewsbury
24 Jun - Yorkshire Family History Fair @ York Racecourse
3 Aug - Burwarton Show @ Cleobury North Showground
16 Sep - Peak District U3A Conference @ Palace Hotel, Buxton
24 Sep - London Family History Fair @ Sandown Racecourse, Esher
Some more may be added and it is just possible some may need to be removed from our calendar but follow us on Facebook or check out our events for the latest news.

Shropshire FHS in Family Tree Magazine

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.

Front Cover:-

Deliberately blurry view of article:-


Shropshire Archives volunteering opportunities

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 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.


Mary McKenzie
Team Leader, Shropshire Archives

Shropshire Archives opening hours to remain largely unchanged

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:

  • Wednesdays 10am-4pm
  • Thursdays 10am-4pm
  • Fridays 10am-4pm
  • Saturdays once a month 10am-4pm.

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.”

For further information telephone 0345 678 9096, email, or visit the website

National Mills Weekend Sat/Sun 14/5 May 2016

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.


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

AGRA Conference

Association of Genealogical & Researchers in Archives (AGRA) will be holding their Conference titled "Demolishing Brick Walls" Fri 16th & Sat 17th Sept 2016, St John's College, Cambridge.


Thurs 7th to Sat 9th April Who Do You think You Are? Live @ NEC, Birmingham

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)

Our online Library Lists updated

The latest versions of our list of "Transactions of the Shropshire Archaeological and Historical Society" and "General books and maps" has been loaded up today here.

Society AGM

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 - where will we see you this year?

Happy New Year to everyone, we are now planning this years trips out with our stand, the plan so far is:-

  • 5th March Wellington Charter Day - Wellington Library, Telford
  • 5th March Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society Open Morning - Newtown
  • 12th March Dorset FHS Fair - Poole
  • 7-9th April Who Do You Think You Are? Live - N.E.C, Birmingham
  • 21st May Sheffield & District - Sheffield
  • 28th May Shropshire Show - Shrewsbury Showground
  • 4th June OUR OWN Shropshire FHS Family History Fair
  • 2nd July Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society Open Morning - Alberbury
  • 4th Aug Burwarton Show - Cleobury North
  • 28/9th Aug Shrewsbury Steam Rally - Onlsow Park, Shrewsbury
  • 1st Oct Oxfordshire FHS Fair - Woodstock

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.