Events

Monthly talk - Rosie Morris: "Pride of the village" - our ancestors and the funeral customs of Virgins' Crowns

Tue, 21/09/2021 - 19:15

Rosie will join us to talk about the funeral custom of Virgins’ Crowns. These were awarded to special people of mainly rural villages. They were unmarried and of a chaste character, and regularly attended church. Predominately for females although bachelor crowns do exist. They were constructed from a wood
framework and decorated with paper flowers and usually included a pair or more of white gloves. The crown or garland was included in the funeral procession, carried by two maidens. Following interment It was either hung in a prominent place in the church or buried on top of the coffin.

Rosie will include examples from Europe and U.S.A. for our Overseas Members, together with extant examples from the UK that will include nine from Shropshire.

Currently the situation with Covid-19 and the impact on being able to hold our monthly meetings at the normal location in Cross Houses continues to be uncertain so the SFHS committee is still looking into how future talks will be delivered but it is hoped that there will be the opportunity for combined face to face meetings and Zoom.  Further details of how the meetings will be organised will be made available as soon as they are confirmed. 

Monthly talk - Brian Atkins: A postal history of Shropshire

Tue, 19/10/2021 - 19:15

Brian will join us to talk about the Postal History of Shropshire from Tudor times to the present day. This is the third time that Brian has kindly agreed to reschedule this talk. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that no pandemics, technical glitches or adverse weather conditions spoil the evening.

Currently the situation with Covid-19 and the impact on being able to hold our monthly meetings at the normal location in Cross Houses continues to be uncertain so the SFHS committee is still looking into how future talks will be delivered but it is hoped that there will be the opportunity for combined face to face meetings and Zoom.  Further details of how the meetings will be organised will be made available as soon as they are confirmed. 

Monthly talk - Ann Simcock: The 1939 Register

Tue, 16/11/2021 - 19:15

Ann will join us to talk about the 1939 Register. In this talk Ann will look at the background to the 1939 Register and how it was organised. Ann will also consider some of the problems associated with the Register and suggest ways that it can be a basis to broaden research into ancestors in the Second World War. 

Currently the situation with Covid-19 and the impact on being able to hold our monthly meetings at the normal location in Cross Houses continues to be uncertain so the SFHS committee is still looking into how future talks will be delivered but it is hoped that there will be the opportunity for combined face to face meetings and Zoom.  Further details of how the meetings will be organised will be made available as soon as they are confirmed. 

Monthly talk - Martin Wood: Hollywood came to Shrewsbury

Tue, 21/12/2021 - 19:15

Martin, the Shrewsbury town crier, will join us to talk about the time Hollywood came to Shrewsbury. His talk entitled “God Bless Us Every One” will review the time that Hollywood came to Shrewsbury to film the Christmas classic, “a Christmas Carol” and his role in it.

Currently the situation with Covid-19 and the impact on being able to hold our monthly meetings at the normal location in Cross Houses continues to be uncertain so the SFHS committee is still looking into how future talks will be delivered but it is hoped that there will be the opportunity for combined face to face meetings and Zoom.  Further details of how the meetings will be organised will be made available as soon as they are confirmed.