About us: The Shropshire Archaeological and Historical Society was formed in 1877 and from that time it became, and has remained, the foremost continuous promoter of research into the archaeology and history of the county. We advocate and campaign for the recording and protection of Shropshire’s rich and varied archaeological heritage. The Society’s regularly published Transactions have become the journal of record for the county’s history and archaeology.
Publications: Our Transactions have been regularly appearing since 1878 and contain important and scholarly papers on the history and archaeology of Shropshire, its places, people, and events. We also issue a twice-yearly Newsletter containing shorter articles, news items, and information about our events and activities. The Newsletter is sent free to members of the Society. We also publish occasional monographs on particular themes or other special publications, such as, H.D.G. Foxall’s book on “Shropshire Field Names”, Dorothy and Robert Cromarty’s “The Wealth of Shrewsbury in the Early 14th Century” or Dr Nigel Baker’s “Shrewsbury Abbey: Studies in the Archaeology and History of an Urban Abbey”. The Society owns a considerable library of learned journals, to which members may have access. The library is held at Shropshire Archives.
In addition to the Transactions members receive a twice yearly Newsletter, which keeps them in touch with all the Society’s activities and work and with its programmes of excursions and lectures. Past Newsletters can be accessed from our Publications page.
In 1923 the Shropshire Parish Register Society amalgamated with us and we have continued the work of publishing transcripts of the county’s parish registers.
We also have a considerable library of journals, to which members may have access through Shropshire Archives.
For more details, please visit our Publications page.
Events: The Society organizes a varied programme of events throughout the year. These include guided walks and visits to historic sites in the summer months, a programme of talks through the autumn and winter, and occasional day-schools. Our AGM is usually held in September, and is followed by our Annual Lecture. We also hold an informal winter social event in December. For more details, please visit our Events page or see individual posts.
Grants: The society is able to make small grants for the advancement of education in archaeological and historical investigation in Shropshire, the preservation of antiquities in Shropshire, or the publication and accessibility of local history resources in Shropshire which would be of use to family history. For more details please go to our “Betton and Paggett Funds” page.
Why not join us in helping to preserve our past for the future? See our Membership page for how to join us.
The Society currently has a membership of about 275 individuals from all walks of life. We have a Council of about 20 members made up of officers and elected members who help run the society and its various activities. The Council regularly meets three times a year. Our President is Sir Neil Cossons, OBE. Council and Officers 2017
To contact the Society please click here: Contact us
Archaeological sites and monuments If you are looking for information about Shropshire’s archaeological sites and monuments please contact Shropshire Council’s Historic Environment Record https://shropshire.gov.uk/environment/historic-environment/historic-environment-record/
Historical records For information about historical documents and family history contact Shropshire Archives https://www.shropshirearchives.org.uk/
The Shropshire Archaeological and Historical Society is a Registered Charity No. 511564