New Home for Paper Trench

September 22, 201412:56 pmSeptember 25, 2014 10:41 am

A paper trench sculpture, commissioned for the Shrewsbury Flower Show, has been given a new venue at Theatre Severn. Grace Westwood has produced a smaller version of the Birmingham City University trench scene ‘The Battle of the Somme’ which is now on display at Dudmaston Hall. It was commissioned for the duration of the Flower […]


New Recruits

September 18, 20141:26 pmSeptember 18, 2014 1:27 pm

The rows of faces in the photograph on our home page are new recruits who have answered Lord Kitchener’s call and volunteered to join the army. These local men would go on to form C Company of the 6th Battalion of the KSLI, the Shrewsbury “Pals”. During the first few weeks of the war, men […]


Inspiration for new drama

September 18, 201410:14 amSeptember 18, 2014 1:16 pm

This unassuming notebook within the collections at Shropshire Archives, has inspired a brand new piece of drama. The book records letters sent between six Shropshire women, against the background of the war, from 1917-1920. The friends had met while they were at school together in Bridgnorth but are now working as farmers, office workers, factory […]

PoWs at Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury

German Prisoners of War in Shrewsbury

September 1, 20141:31 pmAugust 30, 2016 9:58 am

The increasing sight of German PoWs would have been a sign of the First World War in the county. It all began modestly with a handful of civilian enemy aliens secured temporarily on the former premises of the Midland Railway Wagon and Carriage Works in Old Coleham. The works closure in 1912 meant there were […]

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