Please book in advance for our summer events as spaces are limited.
Friends’ AGM at Much Wenlock
with tour of Wenlock Abbey or guided town walk
Tuesday, 14 June, 2.00pm
The Friends’ AGM will be held at Priory Hall at 2pm following which we have arranged two events which will run concurrently:
- Guided visit to Wenlock Abbey, the home of Mrs Gabrielle de Wet, led by Vivian Bellamy. The visit includes a short film and tour of the house followed by tea and cake. Duration: two hours.
Members £22.00, Non-members £25.00
- Guided walk entitled ‘Mucky Wenlock’ exploring the lost farms of the town led by Sue O’Dowd. The walk includes a map and handout showing photographs of the farms. Duration: one and half hours. There are plenty of cafés in the town for a refreshing drink after the tour (not included).
Members £7.00, Non-members £10.00
Visit to Acton Reynald Hall
Wednesday, 20 July, 2.30pm
Acton Reynald Hall was originally a 17th century country house, which was part of the Corbet Estate. In the early 1800’s major alterations to the house were completed for the Corbet family in the Neo-Jacobean style. It became a School for Girls in 1919 until 1995. It is now a private home, which is not open to the general public. The Friends of Shropshire Archives are privileged to have a tour of this fantastic Grade II* listed building. The visit includes tea/coffee and cake.
Visit to Acton Scott Hall
Thursday, 11 August, 2.30pm
A Grade II* listed Elizabethan mansion of 158 built for the Acton family, it remains their private residence. The house has fine Jacobean features, beautiful oak carvings and many family artefacts. The family is connected to significant scientific developments by one of the earliest marine biologists, John Stackhouse (born 1773) and Thomas Knight (born 1750), a renowned botanist who was co-founder of the RHS and is mentioned in the first chapter of Darwin’s The Origin of Species. The visit includes tea/coffee and cake.
Links to talks on YouTube
Penny Ward’s September 2020 talk ‘Flax Mill People – the American connection‘
Andy Wrigley’s October 2020 talk ‘Recent Developments in Funded Archaeology in Shropshire‘
Sara Downs’ November 2020 talk ‘Bridgewater Revisited‘
Matt Thompson’s December 2020 talk ‘English Heritage Properties in Shropshire‘
Rosemary Thornes’ January 2021 talk ‘The History and Building of the Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, Shrewsbury‘
Roger White’s February 2021 talk ‘The Grassy Town: a cultural and literary study of Wroxeter’
Howard Williams’s March 2021 talk ‘The Offa’s Dyke Lockdown‘
Giles Carey’s April 2021 talk ‘Capturing the castles: recent survey work at Caus Castle and Castle Pulverbatch‘
Mary McKenzie’s May 20201 talk: ‘30 years working with Shropshire’s Archives‘