Winter Programme 2020-21: A Programme of Virtual Autumn and Winter Meetings.
The Shropshire Archaeological and Historical Society is running a series of monthly online talks delivered via Zoom, starting in September. This is a series of talks held jointly with the Friends of Shropshire Archives. Those members of these two organisations who have supplied their email addresses will be sent a link each month which will enable them to register in advance for the next talk and then to join the meeting via Zoom at the scheduled time and date. Registration will only require a person’s name, email address and post code, and is mainly to help keep out malicious intruders and to give some idea of numbers attending. The attendee will also need to have the free Zoom application installed on their device.
The first talk was held on the 15th of September.
Provisional List of Zoom Talks.
20/10/2020 11.00am – Andy Wigley: Recent Developer Funded Archaeology in Shropshire
17/11/2020 11.00am – Sara Downs: Bridgewater revisited: Cataloguing the Bridgewater collection.
15/12/2020 11.00am – Matt Thompson: English Heritage Properties in Shropshire: an overview
19/01/2020 11.00am – Rosemary Thornes: The History and Building of the Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, Shrewsbury
We intend to record these talks and put them on a semi-private You Tube channel for those who cannot attend the Zoom meeting or choose not to. If you would like to attend the Zoom meetings, but know or suspect that you have not supplied an email address to the Society, please notify the Membership Secretary via email@example.com
Please note that the list of talks is provisional at present. The latest version of the list of talks will be sent out by email with the talks invitations and the list on the website will be kept up to date.
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.
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.
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