Winter Programme 2020-21

Winter Programme 2020-21: Now that it has become clear that we will not be able to resume our normal meetings programme until some date in 2021, the SAHS Council has decided to try to continue to offer talks by other means. Accordingly, we propose to run a series of monthly online talks delivered via Zoom, starting in September.  This series of talks will be held jointly with the Friends of Shropshire Archives.  Further details will follow here shortly.

2020 AGM

Our 2020 AGM

The Society’s Council agreed on July 4th that the 2019-2020 AGM should be postponed because of the Coronavirus restrictions. It will be held in September 2021 together with the AGM for the year 2020-2021. The annual accounts for the year 2019-2020 (our year ends on 31st March) will be circulated to members by post or email as soon as they are available and also put onto the website. One of the Officers of the Council will write to the Charity Commission to explain the situation. The AGM lecture by Matt Thompson will now take place on December 15th by Zoom.

Shrewsbury Castle excavations September 2020

After a successful first archaeological dig in 2019, Shrewsbury Castle is set for a second dig season this September funded by the Castle Studies Trust.

The 2020 dig will build on the success and answer questions that arose from the 2019 project. The team will excavate a trench on the grassed slope of the western rampart overlooking the drive close to the Great Hall.

This years’ dig will again be led by Dr Nigel Baker and is a partnership project between Shropshire Council, University Centre Shrewsbury, Shropshire Museums and the Castle Studies Trust.

The dig will take place from 1 to 18 September and will allow for social distancing and other COVID-19 safety measures to be in place to keep the dig team, staff and visitors safe.

Shrewsbury Castle is now open again after being closed during lockdown.  During the excavations, visitors to the castle will be able witness history being uncovered and ask the excavation team questions from a safe distance. In 2019, 4,500 people visited the Castle and were actively engaged with the dig team.

Past Transactions volumes

The first volume of the Society’s “Transactions” appeared in 1877 and since that time has been the chief means whereby important and scholarly papers on the history and archaeology of Shropshire have been published.  Articles include reports on archaeological excavations and other fieldwork in Shropshire, historical studies, and book reviews.

Members receive a copy of the Transactions free on publication (new members receive the latest volume).  The Society is currently in the process of digitising past volumes of its Transactions with the aim of making these available online – please follow this link to see a selection of our past Transaction volumes: Past Transactions volumes