Acton Scott Historic Working Farm Survey

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm offers an insight into rural life at the turn of the 19th Century. It was founded by Thomas Acton, who sought to keep alive the farming practices and traditions he grew up with. Shropshire Council would like to find out more about people’s experiences of visiting Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, which today offers demonstrations of period skills and visits from the wheelwright, farrier and blacksmith, providing a picture of life as it might have been on a Victorian country estate. The 19th Century Old School offers café facilities for visitors, there is a gift shop on site and regular special events. Shropshire Council would like to gather feedback and learn more about the type of experience visitors would like to have when spending time at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm in the future.

Please support this work by completing the survey below before 2ndOctober 2020.

Friends and colleagues remember Andrew Bennett

Colleagues of our last Chairman, Andrew Bennett are going to great lengths in his memory. A team is 'virtually' travelling across the globe to remember their and our much missed friend and colleague. 

Members of Shropshire Council's ICT department have completed 25,000 km of their around the world trip to raise money for Cancer Research UK in memory of Andrew. 

The challenge #km4cancer has seen the team covering the distance by foot, bike, rowing boat, exercise bike or anything that requires physical effort . They set out on their 53 day attempt on July 1 and have been racking up the kilometres. 

The head of the council technology team said "We wanted to do something for charity after losing our friend and colleague Andrew Bennett to cancer".

Online visit 


Monthly talks for 2020 are to be virtual using Zoom

Given the continuing uncertainty about when face to face meetings will be possible again and the registration of a significant interest in attending virtual talks using Zoom the SFHS committee have decided that talks for the remainder of 2020 will switch to Zoom. 

Details of the talks now planned for October, November and December can be found under ‘Events’ 

Members interested in registering for the talks or in finding out further information about how to join the talks can do so by contacting our Secretary as follows - Email: secretary @ (remove spaces to use)

Possible virtual talks for SFHS members

Although the rules regarding lockdown and social distancing are beginning to relax the committee have thought long and hard about re-introducing our monthly meetings at Cross Houses. 

We feel at this present time our meeting venue is not conducive to holding meetings as we could not have our usual stalls etc. and the facilities are not helpful in putting in place social distancing. 

As an alternative we are looking at whether it would be possible to hold a virtual meeting to replace the monthly talk via the zoom platform which is an easy way to watch the talk on a computer.

You do not need a webcam just the ability to have sound.  Access to a talk, if we proceed, will be by a link that will be sent by email.  

It would be most helpful if you could let the Society know if you would be interested in joining this type of event in order that the committee can decide if it would be worthwhile. 

Attendance would be free to members only.

We hope this approach will give those members who are unable to travel to Cross Houses the opportunity to be involved in a meeting. 

Depending on the uptake a further email will be sent nearer the time with full details of the date time and speaker. 

If you are interested please send an email (including your membership number if possible) to

secretary @ (remove spaces to use)

as soon as you can in order that we can take this forward. If you do have any questions regarding the above then of course please do not hesitate to contact the Secretary at the above email address. 


Shropshire Archives is re-opening to the public

Shropshire Archives is pleased to announce it will be re-opening to the public on Wednesday 29 July.
For full details of opening hours and current plans here is a link to their press release
A phased approach is being taken, opening two days a week to start with. All access will be by appointment only and documents will have to be ordered a week in advance.
There is also more information on the Shropshire Archives website at
Do get in touch if you have any queries. For booking enquiries contact

Request to members - articles for your journal

Work is now underway to finalise the June 2020 issue of the SFHS journal. 

As always thoughts turn straightaway to preparations for the next journal and it has become apparent that without help from members there could be a shortage of articles for the September issue. 

It is only possible to produce the journal with your help so please give some thought as to whether now is the time that you can submit an article. 

As always the editor and the committee would really appreciate it if you could submit articles, requests for help, snippets of information and photographs. 

If you have any content already available or nearing completion please submit it to the editor as soon as possible at e-mail address: editor @ (remove spaces to use).  






Possible delays in processing orders etc.

*** PLEASE NOTE ****

There may be a delay in processing membership applications or fufilling any orders for books, CDs etc. whilst the COVID-19 restrictions on movement and gatherings persist. We hope to resume the normal processes as soon as is possible. 


**** CANCELLED **** "Drop in" session - Saturday 28/03/2020

*** CANCELLED *****

The SFHS Committee have decided to cancel the 'Drop In' session that was due to take place on Saturday 28th March at the Cross Houses venue.

In light of the on-going situation, the Committee have regrettably taken the decision to cancel this meeting  as they feel that the health and well-being of members must be their priority. 

They wish you well and hope that normal service will be resumed as soon as possible!

Shropshire's Mayflower Children - A history day - 04/07/2020

The Friends of the Shropshire Archives and the Shropshire Mayflower Children Group have jointly organised a day of talks to consider the story around Shropshire's Mayflower Children.

A gravestone in the Charter Street Cemetery in Salem, Massachusetts declares -

"Here lyeth buried ye body of Capt Richard More aged 84 years died 1692 - A Mayflower Pilgrim" 

Richard More (aged 6) and his sisters and brother, Ellinor, Mary and Jasper, were taken from their mother in Shipton, Shropshire, and sent to America on the Mayflower in 1620. Only Richard survived the voyage. This is a very unhappy saga of family intrigues, the cruel abandonment of four young children and a new life for Richard in America - set against the backdrop of religious intolerance both in England and in America. 

The event will take place on Saturday 4th July 2020 at 9:30 for 10:00 am till 4.00 pm (approx) at Shipton Village Hall, TF13 6JX on the B4378 Much Wenlock road just before the Shipton village signs.

Admission is by ticket in advance: £20. 

Details of how to get tickets can be found on the Shropshire Archives' website at -

John Powell Memorial Day - 29/02/2020

There will be a day of talks in memory of John Powell, Museum Librarian and IQ Editor sponsored by a member of The Friends of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust. 

The event will take place on Saturday 29/02/2020 in The Glass Classroom, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Offices, Coalbrookdale, Telford TF7 8DQ.

Tickets will cost £5, to include a buffet lunch. 

Full details of the day and a link to get tickets can be found at -