Wrekin Local Studies Forum - Web site - including diary of events
The WLSF exists to bring together organisations and
individuals interested in local studies in and around the Borough of Telford
& Wrekin. It is a fully constituted group that meets quarterly to share
information, expertise and resources and to plan joint ventures. There are
currently 25 members representing local history, family history and civic
societies, reminiscence groups, museums, archives, libraries and colleges.
The WLSF aims to promote and encourage local studies in the
area. In order to do this the Forum has this year organised an exhibition in
Telford Town Centre during Local History Week at which all members had the
opportunity to display their research interests to a wider audience and hosted a
series of seven guided summer evening walks around different parts of the new
town. Next year the WLSF will be presenting a two-day conference to celebrate
the bicentenary of the death of William Reynolds.
The WLSF currently receives support from the Borough of
Telford & Wrekin.
If you would like more information about the Wrekin Local
Studies Forum, please contact Marilyn Higson at Madeley Library (01952 586575)
or through the Forum's email address (email@example.com)
Local Studies in the Borough of Telford and Wrekin
Telford & Wrekin Libraries & Heritage Services
Local studies collections can be found at each of the nine libraries within the
Borough of Telford & Wrekin. The largest collection is housed at Telford
Library, with significant area-wide collections at Madeley and Wellington and
smaller local collections at Dawley, Donnington, Hadley, Newport, Oakengates,
Shropshire Records and Research Centre
Since April 1998 a joint agreement between Shropshire
County Council and the Borough of Telford & Wrekin has ensured that the
Service continues to operate across the historic county of Shropshire. As well
as holding nearly 9km. of material relating to Shropshire past and present, the
Service works closely with library services and voluntary organisations to
co-ordinate local studies provision.
Shropshire Records and Research Centre Castle Gates,
Shrewsbury SY 1 2AQ Telephone: 01743 255350, Fax: 01743 255355 e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site: www.
There are other libraries within the Borough of Telford
& Wrekin with local studies collections. A major resource is to be found at
the Library of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Access can be obtained by prior
appointment with the librarian.
Telephone: 01952 432141, Fax: 01952 432237 e-mail: email@example.com
Members (other than the Broseley Local History Society) are:
Shropshire Family History Society
Formed to promote the study of genealogy and family
history, especially of Shropshire families and places. We encourage the
preservation and transcription of relevant documents and with the help of our
members make as many as possible available for others to use.
Society activities include:
Friends of Shropshire Records & Research
The aim of the Friends is to ensure the preservation of
Shropshire's documentary and published heritage and the needs and means of
caring for it. The activities of the Friends include a programme of themed
history days based on a subject or a locality, summer guided walks, an annual
lecture and other events. A newsletter containing articles by members and
updates on recent developments within the Centre is published four times a year.
A register of members' interests is maintained. Friends also help in basic
conservation work, sorting and indexing on a volunteer basis at the Centre.
Any enquiries about the Friends of Shropshire Records
Telford Historical and Archaeological
Aims and Interests:
St Andrews Archive Group Shifnal
Ironbridge Gorge Community Archive
The group holds its meetings at 7.30pm in Holy Trinity
Church, Coalbrookdale on Monday evenings every two months.
New members will be made very welcome.
Wellington Civic Society
Founded 1978 working to
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month at
Wellington Civic Centre, Larkin Way, Wellington. 7.30pm - 9.30pm
The Britannia Aqueduct Historical Society
The Society meets on the third Wednesday of the month at the Britannia Inn, Aqueduct
Its aims include:
The society is supported by Banks's Brewery
Friends of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums
- a registered charity formed in the 1970s to support the
IRONBRIDGE GORGE MUSEUM TRUST in the preservation, restoration, improvement,
enhancement and maintenance of features and objects of historical and industrial
interest in the Gorge area.
The Friends also help directly in the daily running of the
Museum's 9 sites, with the provision of volunteers and guides working around the
Museums and other activities such as the Social and Oral History Group and the
Archive Group. The Museum Trust currently offers Friends free admission to all
of the 9 sites throughout the year and 10% discount off most purchases in the
Friends also receive `IRONBRIDGE QUARTERLY', a newsletter
giving details of what is currently happening at the Museum and including
articles of an historical nature. There is a programme of previews and private
views of exhibitions, talks, walks, visits, social events and meetings.