Adult Education

Discover more about local or family history, explore fascinating museum objects and use our buildings and collections to inspire creative activities.

To Book or request further information on courses at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, Shropshire Archives and Ludlow Museum Resource Centre contact: museumeducation@shropshire.gov.uk 01743 258881/258884 or ask at the front desk at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, The Square, Shrewsbury SY1 1LH

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Courses at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Mosaic Workshop with Lindsey Kennedy

Saturday 4th March 2017

pink teapot stand 1 mosaic close up mexican teapot stand 2

A fantastic opportunity to come and learn about making beautiful glass and mirror tile mosaics. This one day course is led by local mosaic artist Lindsey Kennedy, who will help you design and make a mosaic trivet or indoor plaque. No previous experience is required as the process is both simple and creative. Mosaic-making involves using cement adhesive and grout so please wear old clothes or an apron. If you have any trinkets of glass or china you would like to use, then please bring them along to incorporate into your unique design.

When: Saturday 4th March 2017

Where: Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, The Square, Shrewsbury SY1 1LH

Time: 10.30am – 3.30pm   Cost: £55.00 (includes all materials) refreshments provided.

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LATIN GRAFFITI

Would you like to know what the ordinary Romans wrote to each other and on their walls?

If so, come along on Thursday March 30th 10.30am – 12.30pm

to Shrewsbury Museum and Art gallery to find out!

No knowledge of Latin is required and the tutor will guide you through a fascinating collection of graffiti. You will learn to read the script which was in everyday use in Rome and the provinces of the Roman empire.

Your tutor Margaret Thorpe read Classics at Cambridge, specialising in Ancient History. She has much experience of teaching Latin and Classical Civilisation to adults in Shrewsbury.

When: Thursday 30TH March 2017

Time:   10.30-12.30

Where: Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Tutor:   Margaret Thorpe

Cost:     £16 (includes coffee/tea)

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EMBROIDERIES OF THE CORBET BED

A practical day course

Embroidery with peacock

The Corbet bed, on display in Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery displays beautifully embroidered hangings created by the ladies of the Corbet Bed Embroiderers’ Trust. On this practical day course participants will have the opportunity to learn about the embroidery patterns,  fabrics and silks of the Tudor period.

There will be two groups- Master the basic techniques of embroidery and produce

your own slip to take home.

Learn how to finish your embroidery and apply it to a

fabric for use or display. 

When: Friday 28th April 2017   Time: 10.30am -3.30 pm      

Place: Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery   Price: £30

Tutor: Ladies from Corbet Bed Embroiderers’ Trust

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Courses at LUDLOW MUSEUM RESOURCE CENTRE

MEET THE ROMANS with Martin Thorpe

Roman

This course aims to provide an introduction to the history and culture of Ancient Rome and is based around the lives of some of its most famous (and infamous) characters – real and fictional. As well as their real life achievements or their role in outstanding works of literature, these figures all reveal something about Roman values and social assumptions.

No knowledge of Latin is required. Martin Thorpe read Classics at Cambridge. He has been an active member of the Joint Association of Classical Teachers, serving as chairman and president. He has been tutor for a number of adult courses locally.

Where: Ludlow Museum Resource Centre, 7/9 Parkway SY8 2PG

Date:     Thursdays: Feb 16th March 2nd 9th 23rd   2017

Time:   10.15am – 1.15pm

Cost:     £55.00 ( includes refreshments )

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MAPPING THE LANDSCAPE – A LOOK AT THE GROUND BENEATH YOUR FEET With Dr Paul Olver

Since the late 18th Century, upland landscapes have been appreciated for their beauty rather than feared as wild and unknown. William Smith built upon this rising interest by producing the first geological maps in 1815. Locally the various geological formations were identified and listed in order of deposition by Roderick Murchison in the 1830s helped by an enthusiastic group of local clergymen and border squires.

On this course, we will introduce the local rock types and explore how their distribution affects the development of our familiar landscapes.

The course will also offer a practical approach to identifying the local rock types and the wide range of fossils within them including trilobites, corals and fish. It is these fossils that enabled our early geologists to define our first geological rock successions.

Ludlow Museum Resource Centre, 7/9 Parkway SY8 2PG

Dates: Wed 26th April, 3rd May, 17th May, 31st May, 7th June 2017

Time:  10.30am-12.30pm

Cost:    £55 ( includes refreshments)

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Courses at SHROPSHIRE ARCHIVES:

HOUSE HISTORY

Tracing the history of a property and finding out about the people who lived there can be absolutely fascinating but is also likely to be time consuming and frustrating – for instance it is unusual to be able to date a house accurately. It is like a good detective story and, in the same way, there may be a few dead ends along the way.

However, this six week course will give you the opportunity to find out what documents are available at Shropshire Archives to help you in your research. A number of the wonderful historic maps and other documents held at the archives will be used to illustrate aspects of research, so this is a fantastic opportunity to view these documents.

This course will take place at Shropshire Archives and will look at some examples of research into the history of medieval, Victorian, and other period houses. There will be opportunities to look at many original documents including historic maps. You will also have support in undertaking the history of your own house using the resources available at Shropshire Archives.

When: Mondays starting 27th February 2017 for 6 weeks

Where: Shropshire Archives, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury SY1 2AQ

Time:   2pm-4pm

Price:   £45.00

Dates: 27th Feb   6th March 13th March 20th March 27th March 3rd April 2017

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Latin for Local and Family Historians

Do you find it difficult to make progress with your research when you find phrases or even whole  documents are in Latin? Although Latin is an archaic language, it was still in common use in written texts until the 18th century and even later. This course is designed to help with a basic introduction to the language and examples of the common types of words and phrases used in a variety of documents from parish registers and account books to title deeds. No previous knowledge of Latin is needed, and all materials are supplied.

Where: Shropshire Archives, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury SY1 2AQ

When: Tuesdays: 28th Feb, 7th 14th 21st 28th March and 4th April 2017

Time: 2pm – 4pm

Tutor: Helen Haynes

Cost: £45.00

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Palaeography – How to read old writing 

This six week course covers secretary, italic and mixed hands from the 16th-18th centuries, and 19th century formal and informal writing.Course tutor Helen Hayes uses varied documents include wills and inventories, parish registers, deeds, private letters and borough account books from Shropshire and further afield. This course is suitable for those with no previous experience of reading old documents but will also equip those experienced in local and family history research to understand their own older documents.

Where: Shropshire Archives, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury SY1 2AQ

When: Tuesdays: 28th Feb, 7th 14th 21st 28th March & 4th April 2017

Time: 10am-12pm

Tutor: Helen Haynes

Price: £45.00 

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