Shropshire

Status: Active, 6 volumes published

Volume I was published in 1908, but no further work took place in the county until it resumed in 1961 after an agreement was struck between the County Council and the University of London. Volumes II, III, IV, VIII, X and XI appeared subsequently, and all except Volume I is in print. You can purchase copies direct from the publisher Boydell and Brewer see: http://www.boydellandbrewer.com/store/listCategoriesAndProducts.asp?idCa....

Supported by a grant from the Marc Fitch Fund, work is currently ongoing to prepare a two-part volume. Volume VI, part 1 was published in 2014 and part 2 will follow in the next academic year.

The public launch of the new Victoria County History of Shropshire project took place on Saturday 31 October 2015 at University Centre Shrewsbury, The Guildhall. The afternoon event featured a talk by Professor Richard Hoyle, Director and General Editor of the VCH, outlining ‘VCH Shropshire: Past, Present and Future’ and two further lectures were presented. The first by Professor Keith Lilley from Queen’s University Belfast, entitled ‘The Forms and Formation of Medieval Towns of the Marches’, explored the urban forms and landscapes of the frontier town of the Welsh Marches, drawing on the work of Conzen, Slater as well as his own findings based on the analysis of town plans using Geographical Information Systems (GIS), with special attention being paid to Bridgnorth and Ludlow in Shropshire. The second was by well-known local historian and patron of VCH Shropshire, Dr Barrie Trinder, entitled ‘Shropshire Market Towns since 1660’.

Anyone interested in getting involved with the project is welcome to attend a forthcoming volunteering event on Saturday 27 February 2016 at Shropshire Archives and a study day is being organised with the Friends of Shropshire Archives for Sunday 26 June. Working in partnership with Shropshire Archives, VCH Shropshire will encourage a variety of volunteering initiatives, assisting and supporting research into the parishes of Shropshire. The project has space and roles for many more supporters – as volunteer researchers and fundraisers for example - and invites anyone who feels committed to the revival of VCH Shropshire to join the county committee. Plans are well advanced for the publication of a VCH short (a single place study) on the north Shropshire market town of Wem, which, given financial support, we aim to publish in the spring of 2017 with others to follow.

For more information about the new Victoria County History of Shropshire project please contact: VCH Shropshire c/o Shropshire Archives, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 2AQ. Email: info@victoriacountyhistory.ac.uk. Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/VCH_Shropshire. Website: http://www.victoriacountyhistory.ac.uk/counties/shropshire.

Publications

Shropshire Vol I
William Page
Jan 1908
Shropshire Vol VIII
A.T. Gaydon
Jan 1968
Shropshire Vol II
A.T. Gaydon
Jan 1973
Shropshire Vol III
G.C. Baugh
Jan 1979
Shropshire XI
G.C. Baugh
Jan 1985

News and events

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Work in progress

Since 2002 there has been no VCH office active locally in the county. The first...