Somme Tunnel in Shropshire

June 28, 201612:38 pmJune 28, 2016 12:40 pm

Keith Pybus can be seen here chatting to Shefali in the Shropshire countryside. He has been filmed by Midlands Today discussing the Somme Tunnel at the Bog mines. He says that “the BBC cast me in the role of the very sceptical historian who pooh-poohs the local legends”. To find out more about this tunnel […]



June 28, 201610:44 amFebruary 14, 2017 3:02 pm

Nationally, we can understand why there’s Trafalgar Square and Waterloo Station. Historic England tells us “Battlefields have frequently been the setting for crucial turning-points in English history.” In Shrewsbury we have Battlefield Road, Battlefield Heritage Park and the church. In town there’s Alma Street marking the first battle in the Crimea and Salamanca Avenue from the […]


Prisoners of War Remembered

June 14, 201610:27 am

An interpretative board telling the story of the Shrewsbury Prisoner of War Camp has been unveiled at the Abbey Car Park, Shrewsbury. Despite persistent rain a good crowd turned out to see Colonel Michael Evans TD DL welcome Lt Col Oberdorf (a serving officer from the NATO Rapid Reaction Force) representing Germany, to Shrewsbury. In his address […]


WWI Trench at Powis Castle

June 6, 20163:30 pmJune 6, 2016 3:34 pm

To commemorate the centenary of the battle of the Somme, Powis Castle will be exploring the story of Percy, Viscount Clive, 4th Earl of Powis’ eldest son and an officer in the Welsh Guard. Visitors will be transported back to life in World War One as they step into the replica Somme trench and officers […]


Waste Not, Want Not – Recipes from the First World War

June 6, 20162:14 pmJune 14, 2016 10:47 am

Buried among the documents that have survived in Stokesay Court’s WW1 hospital archive I came across a sheaf of 4 large, double sided printed pages headed: …WASTE NOT, WANT NOT… ECONOMY WILL WIN THE WAR As I started to read them in detail, I realized that these recipes themselves, together with the ingredients they used, […]

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