Charles Darwin outside Shrewsbury Library - previously Shrewsbury Boys School

Nigel`s Notes on Local History Groups and Information on Talks, Lectures and History Walks

The following list of local history groups regularly offer talks and publications on a range of Local History matters

Charles Darwin outside Shrewsbury Library - previously Shrewsbury Boys School

Victoria County History (Shropshire) Ltd since 1899 VCH has the aim of writing the history of each parish, village, town and city in a high academic standard. This is ongoing with many parts of Shropshire still to be written about. There is an annual lecture in October and other meetings throughout the year. ( Note this work was previously done by Shropshire Council but finished in the cuts around 2009, is now run by volunteers as a charitable company. In addition to Red Books and shorts the work is published on line.  

Shropshire Archaeological and Historical Society – Annual subscription entitles members to attend meetings with talks each year many of them are held at The Shirehall. The Society also publishes Transactions an annual Blue Book that is written by the leading historians in the County.

There is a huge back catalogue of articles on every aspect of Shropshire history.

Friends of Shropshire Archives. – Annual Subscription entitles members to a copy of the Salopian Recorder written by local historians about various aspects of history in Shropshire.. Members also have visits around the county to great houses and places of interest that are not always open to the public. There is an annual meeting with a talk. The Friends also arrange talks and research classes from time to time. They also train voluntary researchers on a variety of projects. The group also raise funds to buy equipment for Shropshire Archives

University Centre Shrewsbury – The University arranges a number of talks by specialist speakers usual subjects include history and business

Friends of Shrewsbury Museum – Arrange a number of local and some national speakers on history and matters relating to collections within the Museum

U3A University of the Third Age – There are a number of U3A groups throughout Shrewsbury and the County, within each branch there are special interest groups including Music Art History Engineering and each group arrange speakers on the appropriate subject.

Shropshire Family History Society – Annual subscription or pay for individual meetings. Guest speaker followed by tea coffee etc and a short business meeting..

Shrewsbury Library arranges talks by writers and local historians.

Visitor Information Centre arranges daily walking history tours during the summer and will arrange bespoke and themed tours for groups and parties. During the Autumn ghost tours and during the winter weekly history tours.

Many Other Groups including – W.I., Rotary Groups, Ex -Service Clubs and other groups have weekly meetings some have speakers on local history.

If you have a group you would like listed on this page please contact me.

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