Local history enthusiasts flocked to the Shirehall to take part in the Shropshire History Day on Saturday. This event was jointly held between the Shropshire Remembers project and Shropshire Archives and comprised a series of talks and displays by over 20 local groups and organisations.

Bookfest Remembers

Bookfest Remembers

The First World War was well represented with many local and family history groups having carried out research into names on local war memorials. The Wolverhampton Western Front Association and Shropshire Libraries put on fantastic displays of First World War artefacts and memorabilia. Shropshire Remembers consortium members also came along; War Walks on the Home Front, Bookfest Remembers, Oswestry Museum and the Trenches Experience all had stands.

Keith Pybus, Bruce Bairnsfather talk

Keith Pybus, Bruce Bairnsfather talk

Other aspects of the war were explored in an interesting display about the conscientious objectors’ camp at Ditton Priors. Keith Pybus was interviewed on Radio Shropshire and gave a talk about the iconic cartoons of Bruce Bairnsfather and the importance of raising moral in the trenches. Bairnsfather’s long association with Shropshire was also explained and further details can be found on the “Stories” pages of this website.