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Summer Events

Visit to Hardwick Hall near Ellesmere

Tuesday, 22 May 2018, 2.15pm

Hardwick Hall is a grand Grade II* listed Georgian Hall of three floors and a cellar. It was built by John Kynaston who had inherited the land in 1693 and finished the house before his death in 1733.

AGM and talk at Flax Mill Maltings

Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 6.30pm

The Friends’ AGM and a talk by Penny Ward on the Flax Mill and its renovation followed by a guided tour of the site including the canal and former industrial buildings.

Visit to Harper Adams University Library, Newport

Thursday, 19 July 2018, 2.00pm

A guided tour of the main campus and a visit to the library and archives. Refreshments available to purchase on campus.

Annual Lecture

Saturday, 24 November 2018, 10.30am, Shropshire Archives

“Healthy and Expedient”: Childcare and Charity at the Shrewsbury Foundling Hospital 1759-1772 

We are delighted to welcome Dr Katharine Croft from the University of Birmingham to deliver our annual lecture.

The Foundling Hospital in London is well-known as an example of eighteenth-century philanthropy and childcare. What is less well-known is the involvement of several branch hospitals that were set up in during the time known as ‘General Reception’. One of these branch hospitals was based in the Midlands, at Shrewsbury in Shropshire. This talk will look at the history of the Shrewsbury Foundling hospital, it’s relationship with the main London hospital, and the lives of children who lived there.