Winter Programme 2019-20


Saturday 21st September 2019: The Society’s Annual General Meeting for 2019 will be held at 2.00pm on Saturday 21st September in the Council Chamber at the Shirehall, Shrewsbury.  Our Annual Lecture this year, which follows the AGM at 2.30pm, will be given by Heather Sebire, of the English Heritage Trust, who will be talking on ‘The restoration of the Iron Bridge’.  In autumn 2017, English Heritage embarked on the largest conservation project in its history, preserving for the future the Iron Bridge, Coalbrookdale.  After surrounding the bridge with scaffolding and protective covering, a team of experts began their conservation work.  The cast iron elements were repaired, the masonry conserved, the deck resurfaced, and the entire structure was cleaned and repainted in its original red-brown colour.  Heather Sebire, Property Curator at English Heritage, will be telling us the fascinating story of this important restoration project.  2.00pm and 2.30pm at the Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury SY2 6ND.

Saturday 12th October 2019: ‘Amazing Space: a cultural approach to John Nash’s Picture Gallery and Staircase at Attingham Park’ by Ian Purchase (Friends of Attingham Park).  2.30pm at the Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND

Saturday 9th November 2019:  ‘Tradition, influence and impact. St Milburga of Wenlock and her monks in a regional setting’ by John Hunt (University of Birmingham).  2.30pm, 2.30pm, at the Gateway Education & Arts Centre, Chester Street, Shrewsbury, SY1 1NBPlease note the change of venue.

Friday 6th December 2019: December Social Meeting.  Our winter social event this year will be held at Shrewsbury Castle.  This year the castle has been the focus of attention with excavations led by Nigel Baker, who will be able to present some of the results at this meeting.  Please book in advance with David Pannett, Merton, Shepherd’s Lane, Bicton, Shrewsbury, SY3 8BT,  Tel: 01743 850773 or book here: winter social event booking.  The cost will be £10.00 per person.  2.15pm, Shrewsbury Castle.  Please note this year’s Social Event is on a Friday afternoon


Saturday 11th January 2020:  ‘Blood, Faith and iron: a dynasty of Catholic Industrialists in 16th- and 17-century England’ by Paul Belford (CPAT).  2.30pm at the Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND

Saturday 8th February 2020:   ‘Haughmond Abbey in its theological context’ by Revd Canon Jeff West (English Heritage emeritus).  2.30pm at the Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND

Saturday 14th March 2020:  ‘The Archaeology of Mead: Evidence from Roman Wroxeter and post-Roman Tintagel Castle’ by Cameron Moffett (English Heritage Trust).  2.30pm at the Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND

CANCELLED: Saturday 18th April 2020:  ‘Shropshire: there and back again’ by Lee Hale (Head of Winterbourne, University of Birmingham).  This event has been cancelled in line with current advice from the Government in respect of the Covid-19 virus.