Saturday 9th February 2019: ‘A Review of Recent Archaeological Investigations in Shropshire’ a talk by Dr Andy Wigley. This talk will provide a brief overview of how archaeology is dealt with in the planning process before giving a summary of recent interesting findings for developer funded work around the county. 2.30pm at the Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury SY2 6ND
Saturday 12th January 2019: Shropshire Seals and Seal matrices from the 12th to the 18th centuries. A talk by John Cherry. Shropshire Museums recently acquired a silver seal found by a metal detectorist at Wrockwardine, which may have belonged to the 13th century prior of a local abbey. Shropshire Museums were very generously aided by the Art Fund towards purchasing the seal. This talk will look at a number of seals and seal matrices associated with or originating in Shropshire from the 12th century onwards. 2.30pm at the Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND
More information and images of the seal (picture used with permission of British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme) can be found here: https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts/record/id/757251
The Society’s Annual General Meeting, was held on Saturday 22nd September 2018 at The Shirehall, Shrewsbury and was well attended. It was followed by the Annual Lecture which this year was on “The Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings Project” and was given by Nick Hill of Historic England.
Built in 1797, Shrewsbury’s Flax Mill is renowned as the earliest iron-framed building in the world. Abandoned since 1987 when the Maltings closed, and derelict for many years, the site is now undergoing a major transformation. The Main Mill and the Kiln are the focus of a £25m programme of repair and regeneration, one of the largest HLF-funded projects in the country. Nick Hill, Historic England’s project manager, outlined the latest developments on the project, including the intricate repairs to the Main Mill and recent archaeological discoveries.