Saturday 11th January 2020 –  Blood, Faith and iron

Saturday 11th January 2020 –  Blood, Faith and iron: a dynasty of Catholic Industrialists in 16th- and 17th-century England.  Our first talk of 2020 will be given by Paul Belford, Director of the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust.  The Brooke family acquired land in the Ironbridge Gorge at the Dissolution of the Monasteries, invested in coal mining and iron production, and introduced a radical new method of steel-making which transformed that industry 200 years before the Iron Bridge was built.  This talk will tell their story and look at how the Brookes’ Catholicism was reflected in the way they created a new industrial landscape.  Please note, we are back at the Shirehall, Shrewsbury for this meeting.  2.30pm, Saturday 11th January 2020, at the Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND


Friday 6th December 2019: Winter Social Event at Shrewsbury Castle

This year’s Winter Social Event will be held at 2.15pm on Friday 6th December 2019 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 here: Winter social event booking

The cost will be £10.00 per person.  Starts 2.15pm, Shrewsbury Castle  (Please note this year’s Social Event is on a Friday afternoon)

Castle Studies Trust blog: Exploring Shrewsbury Castle

Google Maps: Shrewsbury Castle


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