Saturday 15th April 2023 – Titterstone Clee: a working landscape 

Saturday 15th April 2023 – Titterstone Clee: a working landscape. 

A walk led by Roger White. Today’s visit will take in prehistoric remains, and a later industrial landscape in one of the more spectacular settings in Shropshire.  It is a landscape that is an outcome of its geological quirks.  We shall first walk out from the car park to ascend the road that takes us to the remains of the hillfort crowning the hill and follow its circuit, encountering the site of the 1930s excavation by St John O’Neil.  At the summit of the hill we will find the trig point, placed on top of a Bronze Age burial cairn, and the Geodetic radome that is the most obvious feature on the hill.  We will then return to the car park to examine the substantial remains of the quarry landscape that operated for nearly a century from the 1880s. Meet in the car park adjacent to the industrial ruins (SO592776) – this can be reached from the turning off Angel Bank on the A4117 Ludlow – Cleobury Mortimer road. Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing – the Clee Hill is very exposed. 

Saturday 11th March 2023 – Shropshire Churches 

Saturday 11th March 2023 – “Shropshire Churches” 

This talk by Martin Speight will look at Shropshire churches inside and out before the ‘restorers’ got at them and will examine some of the churches which were newly built or rebuilt in the decades before 1850. It will also look at their plans and internal arrangements, and how they relate to the requirements of worship.

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

Saturday 11th February 2023 – Ashes under Uricon 

Saturday 11th February 2023 – “Ashes under Uricon” .

This lecture by Roger White is an exploration of how the abandoned Roman city at Wroxeter has inspired artists, writers, and poets over the centuries. It explores the relationship between archaeologists’ stories of the site, based on their discoveries, and how these accounts are re-interpreted by society in general and realised in different art forms and new stories.

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

CANCELLED: VCH Newport history, Saturday 14th January 2023

Cancelled: Saturday 14th January 2023 – “VCH Newport history”

The Gateway have just informed us that they have had to close the building today (Friday) and tomorrow because of the flood situation, and so Judith Everard’s talk on Medieval Newport is cancelled. Hopefully, we will be able to rearrange this for a future date.

In this talk Judith Everard will be updating us about the work of the Victoria County History (VCH) on Newport (Shropshire). Newport is the subject of a remarkable number of medieval charters. From three main collections – the corporation chest, the muniments of Lilleshall Abbey, and the estate archive of the Newport family – they amount to several hundred original documents, the earliest dating from c.1200. Recording property dealings among people of the middling sort, the charters open a window on the busy life of a medieval town. Shropshire Archaeological and Historical Society has generously awarded funding to Victoria County History Shropshire enabling Dr Everard to publish an edition of the Newport charters as part of a larger project by VCH Shropshire and Newport History Society.

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

Saturday 12th November 2022 – The lost Regency summerhouse site of Attingham Park

Saturday 12th November 2022 – ‘The lost Regency summerhouse site of Attingham Park’
A talk by Nigel Baker and Viviana Caroli. In 2018, while evaluating the course of new roads near the walled garden, archaeologists found a five-metre square brick building with stone cladding, marble fragments and painted glass in the demolition debris. It was an unknown summerhouse built for the second Lord Berwick c.1813-14 in the Attingham late Georgian Neoclassical style. Four years later it has been revealed as the principal building of a walled enclosure which also contained an oval pool, probably a plunge pool, and a second stone-clad building interpreted as a dedicated service range, all built at the same time and all lost to view since the early/mid-19th century.

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

Saturday 8th October 2022 – Wellington businessmen and the railway

Saturday 8th October 2022 – “Wellington businessmen and the railway”

This talk by Neil Clarke will cover the work of a group of businessmen (John Slaney, wine and spirit merchant; Thomas Campbell Eyton, landowner and leading town improver; John Dickson, railway contractor and supplier; John Houlston, bookseller and travel agent; and John Barber, auctioneer and surveyor) who helped to promote and develop the railways in and around Wellington in the mid-19th century, and the social and economic impact this had on the area.

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

Tuesday 16th August 2022 – Nesscliffe Hill Camp

Tuesday 16th August 2022 – Nesscliffe Hill Camp Excavations 

A visit led by Dr Andy Wigley has been arranged for the Society to the 2022 Oxford and Southampton Universities’ excavations at Nesscliffe Hill Camp. The visit has been arranged for Tuesday the 16th of August. Please meet Dr Wigley at the Pines Car Park, Nesscliffe (NGR: SJ 389 198,  Lat Long: 52.77319 -2.90554), at 11:30 am.

Volunteers Required for Geophysical Survey of the Roman City of Wroxeter

Volunteers Required for Geophysical Survey of the Roman City of Wroxeter

August 30th to September 9th 2022 (inclusive)

An exciting new study of the Roman city of Wroxeter, the fourth largest in the Roman province of Britannia, is about to take place and we are looking for a team of 9 volunteers willing to support this work.

Win Scutt Properties Curator (West) of English Heritage is working in partnership Professor Friedrich Lüth of the German Archaeological Institute and Janine Young archaeologist for the National Trust based at Attingham to conduct a new geophysical survey of Wroxeter Roman City using the latest state of the art equipment.

A survey took place in the 1990s revealing a detailed plan of the buried city, but the technology has moved on considerably over the last thirty years and the German Archaeological Institute’s equipment promises to reveal much finer detail. It is also very fast, making it possible to scan a vast area in a short space of time, while connecting to satellite GPS to provide an instant digital map.

We are looking for people who have a keen interest in archaeology, who are energetic, friendly team players and available for an interview via Zoom on Tuesday August 23rd. The project takes place August 30th until September 9th (inclusive of weekends) with compulsory training on the 30th.

You need to be available EVERY day and undertake an early or late shift 8am to 2pm or 2pm to 8pm.

How to apply

If you want to take part in this survey and are available ALL OF THE DATES ABOVE please go to the English Heritage website Wroxeter Roman City Geophysical Survey Volunteer Page

Raven Meadows film launched

A film revealing the fascinating history of one of Shrewsbury’s lesser-known areas has been created by the teams at Shropshire Museums & Archives. The film uses original archive material held in the collections of Shropshire Museums & Archives.

No area of Shrewsbury town centre has seen such great change over such a short period of time as the area between the main shopping streets and the River Severn.

It is an area seemingly poised for the biggest changes in its history, but this is a place where big changes have been happening for the last 150 years. So, here’s a chance to find out more about the rapidly changing look and feel of Raven Meadows in a fascinating new video collaboration between Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, Shropshire Archives and the Old Market Hall. In the 40-minute video, you are taken on around the perimeter of Raven Meadows down Meadow Place, along Smithfield Road, up Roushill and along the backs of Pride Hill and Castle Street before plunging into the ever-changing area in the middle. Find out about the homes of medieval merchants, Roushill’s colourful past and the lofty but doomed ambitions of 1960s architects, all richly illustrated with old images from the collections of Shropshire Museums and Shropshire Archives. (Nat Stevenson, Shropshire Archives)

The film can be seen by following this link: “Shrewsbury’s Field of Dreams” film