Saturday 8th January 2022 – ‘Aethelflaed, the Mercians and the River Severn’

Saturday 8th January 2022 – ‘Aethelflaed, the Mercians and the River Severn

Our first meeting of the New Year is on Saturday 8th January 2022 when Dr Morn Capper will give a talk on ‘Aethelflaed, the Mercians and the River Severn’

Dr Capper’s research investigates the development of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia and relations with its neighbours (political, cultural, social and economic). She is currently researching how relations of power interacted with regional identity and culture during the making of Mercian hegemony over Anglo-Saxon England, and questions Mercian lordship and frontiers under the rulers Aethelred and Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians with particular respect to Shropshire and Shrewsbury.

2.30pm, at The Gateway, Chester Street, Shrewsbury, SY1 1NB

Christmas Social Event – Friday 10th December

Friday 10th December – Shropshire Archaeological & Historical Society Christmas Social Event

Our Christmas Social is being held next week at the Castlefields Community Centre. New Park St, Shrewsbury SY1 2LD
There will be a short talk by Penny Ward of the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings on the development of the suburb of Castlefields, followed by a short walk (weather permitting) to view some of the locations covered by the talk. Then we will return to the Centre to enjoy some seasonal refreshments and each other’s company. There is car parking in the adjacent New Park Street Shopping Centre.
Please book in advance here: Winter social event booking  
Cost: £6.00 per person, to be collected on the day.
Please note that this meeting is on a Friday and has a 2pm start time.

Saturday 20th November 2021 – ‘Mytton of Halston’

Saturday 20th November 2021 – ‘Mytton of Halston’ Our first talk in this year’s winter programme is on Saturday 20th November 2021 and is by Nigel Hinton on the subject of ‘Mytton of Halston’. Myttons have been established in Shropshire for centuries. Family members have provided the Shrewsbury Drapers Company with masters; the towns of Shrewsbury and Oswestry with bailiffs and mayors; the counties of Shropshire and Merioneth with high sheriffs and Parliament with members for Shrewsbury and Shropshire. The family built a property empire by hard work and marriage settlements and acquired Halston after the Reformation. This talk is based on recent research for a new book and will briefly set out elements of some of nineteen generations of Mytton, their families and some of their well-known and lesser-known contributions to the history of Shropshire.

2.30pm, The Gateway Centre, Chester Street, Shrewsbury, SY1 1NB

2021 AGM and lecture

The 2021 AGM: We will be holding our AGM for the years 2019 to 2020 and 2020 to 2021 on Saturday 25th of September, at the Gateway, in Shrewsbury. Doors open 1:30pm, AGM at 2:00 pm.  

The AGM will be followed by the AGM Lecture at 2.30p.m.  This year the lecture will be given by Peter Reavill, Finds Liaison Officer, British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme on “The Sun Pendant: Shropshire’s Finest Bronze Age Treasure”

We are delighted to have managed to arrange an in-person AGM, and even more importantly, a talk. Furthermore, Peter Reavill’s lecture on the Shropshire Sun Pendant has been arranged to mark the opening of the British Museum’s Spotlight Loan Exhibition “Gathering Light” at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery on the 10th of September at which the pendant will be on display for the first time ever.

Roman West Midlands podcasts

In a series of podcasts for History West Midlands about the Roman West Midlands Dr Roger White of the University of Birmingham tells the story of the early years of Roman rule in central England, how the Roman town of Wroxeter provides a fascinating window into Roman town life, and how the town has become a place of mystery and myth.

Programme 1: Shock and Awe: The Roman Invasion of the West Midlands

Programme 2: Britain’s Pompeii – The Roman town of Wroxeter

Programme 3: Roman Wroxeter – a place of myth & romance

Further podcasts from History West Midlands can be found here:

Transaction volumes 91 to 93

Our “Transactions” volumes 91, 92 and 93 for the years 2016 to 2018 are now available to view on this website: Volumes 91 to 93 .  These two volumes have, amongst other items, reports on the early 1960s excavations at The Roveries Hillfort, Lydham and on a Roman site in Craven Arms in 2013, and articles on St Winifred’s Well, Woolston, pre-Industrial Dawley, and The Society of Friends World War II evacuation hostel at Coalbrookdale.

(The “Transactions” are where we publish important and scholarly papers on the history and archaeology of Shropshire.  Articles include reports on archaeological excavations and other fieldwork in Shropshire, historical studies, and book reviews. To find out more, please go to our page: Transactions )