Welcome to the home page of Victoria County History (VCH), Shropshire. Here you can find out about our work on the history of the county of Shropshire, details of our activities and other news. Here we make available drafts of our publications, including sections of VCH Shropshire VI: Shrewsbury Part ii. We welcome comments on these, including corrections and amendments.

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Newport and the Weald Moors

27 September 2017. We have added the typescript of sections of Newport and the Weald Moors, prepared in 2002 by David Cox and Janice Cox, to our work-in-progress page.

‘A Morning of Wem History’

The morning of Wem History, held on Sunday 18 June 2017 was very well attended, despite the glorious summer sunshine providing an obvious disincentive to sitting in a darkened Wem Town Hall (or perhaps it was an incentive for some!)

James Bowen, Wendy Horton, Richard Hoyle and Judith Everard (who all spoke at the event) with Mayor of Wem, Cllr Edward Towers, and Mary McKenzie from the Shropshire Archives (right).

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Drafts now available

9 May 2017: drafts of two Shrewsbury Part Two sections have been added to the website.


Annual Meeting and Lecture

The VCH Shropshire Annual Lecture will follow our annual meeting, to be held in at Central Shrewsbury Baptist Church, Claremont Street, Shrewsbury, SY1 1QG on Saturday 28 October starting at 2.00 pm (the lecture starts at 3.00).

The title of the lecture will be ‘River Histories: exploring the past on the Severn and Wye’. The speaker, Richard Hayman, is a freelance consultant archaeologist based in Shropshire, who has published, amongst other books, Severn (2012) and Wye (2016).

Britain’s major rivers have a rich heritage that remains under-appreciated. This year’s lecture explores some of the ways that rivers have played an important part in our history, with special emphasis on the Wye and Severn. Focusing mainly their ‘soft power’, the lecture will describe the symbolic importance of their source in the Welsh mountains, how the Severn became a symbol for the nation, why rivers drew hermits to the water’s edge, and how rivers have played a crucial role in human conflict.

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A donation of £5 for this event, to cover the cost of refreshments and advance the work of VCH in the county, would be most gratefully received at the event itself.

News archive

10 May 2017: The May 2017 issue of our NewsletterPDF icon.

22 February 2017: our Newsletter for June 2016 PDF icon has been added to the website.

17 January 2017: our Annual Report for 2015-16 PDF icon has been added to the website.