Summer Programme 2020: In line with current advice from the Government, we have decided sadly to postpone our forthcoming events. This includes the advertised talk by Lee Hale on 18th April and our planned summer programme of site visits. Our next planned event is our AGM and Annual Lecture on Saturday 26th September 2020: AGM (2.00pm) followed by Annual Lecture (2.30pm): Matt Thompson, of the English Heritage Trust will be talking on the subject of “A vision for the National Collections from its sites in Shropshire”. At the Gateway Centre, Shrewsbury, SY1 1NB
TALK POSTPONED: Under the current circumstances related to the Covid-19 outbreak, the talk on Thursday 2nd April at Upton Magna Village Hall on Preserving wall paintings: from English churches to Egyptian Tombs has had to be postponed.
The medieval church of St Lucia, Upton Magna, was substantially rebuilt and restored by the famous Gothic Revival architect, G. E. Street, in 1856. A scheme of internal decoration originally covered the entire interior, which was subsequently covered over. Lisa Shekede and Stephen Rickerby have been carrying out work to reveal some of this painting. The conservators are working in the church Monday to Friday until the 2nd April, and anyone is welcome to pop in to observe them working.
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