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New book on sale in our shop – Slow Travel Shropshire

SLOW TRAVEL SHROPSHIRE by Marie Kreft

Published by Bradt Travel Guides £12.99

About this book

With no directly competing titles, Bradt’s Slow Travel Shropshire fills a much-needed gap in the market for a guide to an area that, of all of the UK’s regions, is perhaps most synonymous with ‘Slow’. This new title from Bradt written by local author Marie Kreft places an emphasis on car-free travel, local produce and characterful accommodation. It includes detailed descriptions of place, historical overviews, ghost stories and folk tales, and first-hand accounts from Shropshire locals, as well as hand-picked restaurant recommendations based on long-standing knowledge and consultation with locals. Warm and witty writing combines with a natural enthusiasm for the region making this an indispensable guide to one of Britain’s most scenic areas. Ludlow is acknowledged as the Slow Food capital of the UK, while the region as a whole is much celebrated, described by PG Wodehouse as the “nearest earthly place to paradise”. The guide is unapologetic in taking you the long way round: through ancient woodland, over bridges and ‘Blue Remembered Hills’, back in time, down footpaths, into castles, churches and interesting pubs, cheerfully savouring the authentic, the offbeat and the local.

About the author

Marie Kreft is a former winner of the Bradt / Independent on Sunday travel-writing competition. She lives in Birmingham, a short hop from Shropshire to where she and her family escape at weekends for long walks and big dinners. Marie loves camping, real ale, old music, new theatre, cooking, backpacking, rail travel, secondhand books, odd historical facts, vintage shops, and spending time with her husband and son – who have helped her to slow down and enjoy the little things in life.

Contents

Going Slow in Shropshire, Chancel encounters, Revered hedgehogs & beloved bugs, Festivals & fairs, Shropshire as inspiration, A taste of Shropshire, Geology, Planning your visit.

How this book is arranged:

1 South Shropshire – Getting there & around, Ludlow & Bromfield, Craven Arms to the Clun Valley, From the Stiperstones to the Welsh border, Around Church Stretton & the Long Mynd, The Clee Hills & Corvedale to Cleobury Mortimer

2 Southeast Shropshire – Getting there & around, Bridgnorth & around, South of Bridgnorth & the Severn Valley, Much Wenlock, Staffordshire borders

3 Ironbridge Gorge & The Wrekin – Getting there & around, Around the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, Telford, Wellington, The Weald Moors to Newport

4 Shrewsbury & Mid Shropshire – Getting there & around, Shrewsbury, North & east of Shrewsbury, Towards South Shropshire

5 Oswestry & Northwest Shropshire – Getting there & around, Oswestry & around, Whittington & north of Oswestry, Maesbury & south of Oswestry

6 North Shropshire – Getting there & around, Ellesmere & Shropshire’s ‘Lake District’, Towards Shrewsbury, Wem to Whitchurch, Market Drayton & around Accommodation Index

Adult Education

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

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 

Download the What’s on at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery guide Spring/Summer 2018 here:Whats On Guide 2018

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Fifth Century Athens

with Martin Thorpe

The 5th century BC is commonly regarded as the pinnacle of  Athenian culture. The city enjoyed success in many different fields: military, political, history, drama, art & architecture, philosophy. Yet, despite this success and starting the century with victory over the Persians, the century ended with defeat at the hands of the Spartans. We shall consider the different fields both separately and as they interact.

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:   Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, SY1 1LH
Date:     Tuesdays- September 18th to  November 20st 2018
(no class on 9th and 16th October)
Time:      2pm-3.30pm
Cost:       £70 (includes refreshments)

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With Dr Paul Olver

at Ludlow Museum Resource Centre

Through the various movements associated with plate tectonics and the resultant continental drift, Britain has spent much of its time in tropical and equatorial latitudes. We will take this journey through time and examine the distinctive and very fossiliferous limestones laid down in the warm shallow seas of the Ordovician, Silurian, Carboniferous, Jurassic and Cretaceous.

Limestones are our most fossiliferous rocks and give rise to the familiar and much-loved landscapes of Wenlock Edge, the Pennines, the Cotswolds and the Downs of Southern England. Each session will introduce the characteristic fossils of the time and allow the examination of the Museum’s fossil collection supplemented by some of the tutor’s own finds. Some key identification techniques will be covered which will be invaluable on the field trip to the Oswestry area of Shropshire to be arranged after the course.

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

Dates: 5 week course on Tuesdays:

             18th Sept, 25th Sept, 2nd Oct, 9th Oct & 16th Oct 2018

Time:  10.30am-12.30pm

Cost:    £60 ( includes refreshments)

Field Trip: To be arranged

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Peopling the Past- Creative Writing Class with KATE INNES

            

How can we think our way into the lives of people who lived long ago?

Looking at an old photograph, we may feel a connection to an individual and even imagine their character. But we can also re-animate past lives through portraits, belongings, houses, letters and other ephemera. By focusing on the person, the past is lived and interpreted in bold, personal and exciting ways.

When we take time to look very closely at these important remnants, they have a wealth of experience and personality to reveal. In this way, the resources can become stepping-stones – unique paths into the past.

Writer Kate Innes leads five workshops that will explore these rich pickings. With access to special artifacts and opportunities to explore buildings, photos, letters and landscapes, course participants will have the opportunity to use creative writing to find the voices of history.

Each session will last 2 ½ hours (including a short break) and will cover: Portraits, Photographs, Objects, Ephemera, Letters, and Buildings. The course will make use of the rich and varied historical environment in Ludlow and the collections of the Ludlow Resource Centre. Course participants will be encouraged to produce a variety of writing forms, including poetry, flash fiction, and may work toward a longer piece – either a short story or a chapter of a novel.

Kate Innes trained as an archaeologist and a teacher and worked as a Museum Education Officer in the West Midlands. She is also a published, prize-winning poet and the author of The Errant Hours, a medieval adventure set in Shropshire and North Wales, and the sequel- All the Winding World. Kate will provide illustrated talks, guided walks and imaginative exercises. She will also comment on work produced during the classes, and provide editorial advice.   Tutor: Kate Innes   www.kateinneswriter.com

 

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

Dates:    Wednesday x 5 weeks: 19th Sept / 26th Sept / 3rd Oct / 10th Oct / 17th Oct 2018

Time:     10am to 12.30pm

Cost:       £65 ( includes refreshments)

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Making Poems for the Archives 

A series of six workshops at Shropshire Archives led by poet Jean Atkin.

Each week Jean will introduce you to a different element of the Archive’s collections, and provide prompts, guidance and encouragement to enable everyone to write a poem or a piece of short prose.

Jean Atkin is a published poet and experienced workshop leader who tutors for Arvon and The Poetry School. Her workshops are inventive and popular. She also provides advice on editing and seeking publication for the work you will be producing. www.jeanatkin.com

Cost: £67 per person

Tuesdays- 18th Sept 25th Sept 2nd Oct 9th Oct 16th Oct   23rd Oct 2018  10.30am-12.30pm

Shropshire Archives, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury SY1 2AQ

Limited numbers so please book in advance- 01743 258881 / museumeducation@shropshire.gov.uk

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Ludlow Museum Resource Centre

Oscar Wilde: Art and Life

The Irishman, Oscar Wilde challenged late-Victorian English society through his writings, his plays, his wit, and eventually his life style. He was the great high priest of ‘Art for Art’s sake’. In face of the increasing industrialisation and urbanisation of the country, he preached a gospel of Beauty. But what is the relationship of Art and Beauty to Life and Morality? We shall read a selection of Wilde’s stories, including The Picture of Dorian Gray, essays, poems and plays to find an answer.

Tutor biography

Philip Healy is an Emeritus Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford. From 2000 to 2010 he was Director of Public Programmes at the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education. His research interests are in late Victorian and Edwardian literature, literature and religion, and literature and sexuality.

cost: £75 per person

10 x 1½ hour classes on Wednesday afternoons from 2.00 – 3.30 pm.

Start date: Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Half-term: Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Last class: Wednesday, 28 November 2018

 

Course textbook

This is a literary course. It is, therefore, essential that course members bring a text of Oscar Wilde’s works to class. The following inexpensive paperback edition in the Oxford World’s Classics series is strongly recommended: Oscar Wilde: The Major Works, ed. Isobel Murray.

Limited places- to book please contact 01743 25881 museumeducation@shropshire.gov.uk

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Summer Still Life Art Classes with Angela Gladwell

at Ludlow Museum Resource Centre

Several still life set-ups will be provided making use of the museum specimens and artefacts and they will stay put for the whole 3 days enabling the course participants to produce a finished painting.

Please bring your painting materials of choice: oil, watercolour or acrylic and a suitable canvas, board or watercolour paper, including an easel if you have one.

All abilities welcome and there will be individual tuition from Angela Gladwell M.A. RCA

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

Date:     Wednesday 22nd Thursday 23rd Friday 24th August 2018

Time:   10am-4pm

Cost:     £106 per person (tea, coffee and biscuits are provided )

To book a place please call 01743 258881 or email museumeducation@shropshire.gov.uk

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Embroideries of the Corbet Bed

at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

An image of the Corbet Bed at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery which features in the new exhibition, Uncommon Threads.

The Corbet Bed

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-

1.Master the basic techniques of embroidery and produce your own slip to take home.               or

2. Learn how to finish your embroidery slip and apply it to a fabric for use or display.

 When: Friday 5th October 2018        Time: 10.30am -3.30 pm      

Place: Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery          

Tutor: Ladies from Corbet Bed Embroiderers’ Trust

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We also run a learning and education programme for schools and families.

KS1/2 NEW LEGO® Story Starter – A Night at the Museum

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NEW LEGO® Story Starter – A Night at the Museum                                       

 Creak, rattle, squeeeeeak, rattle, clank…

“What is that terrible noise? Where is everybody? Where am I?”

It is nearly dark; you are locked in the museum. The museum doesn’t open again

until tomorrow morning! What will happen at the museum between sunset and sunrise? Where is the eerie sound coming from? What will you do about it?

 In our brand new LEGO® Education workshop children explore history chronologically as they take a tour of the museum and imagine what it would have been like to hunt a mammoth,  sleep in a Tudor bed and be an explorer like Charles Darwin.

In our museum classroom, children use LEGO® Education’s Story Starter kits to plan, sequence and build their own story based on the theme of ‘a night at the museum’.

half day workshop 10.00am – 12.00pm or 12.30pm-2.30pm

Cost: £95 per workshop per class + FREE entry to the museum galleries

Maximum of 35 children per workshop

There are lunch room facilities within the museum.

Contact museumeducation@shropshire.gov.uk 01743 258881/258884 for further information or to book

 

 

Accessibility Advice

Shrewsbury’s train station is situated just 100 meters from the Castle (3 minute walk) and the bus station 200 meters (6 minute walk). The town’s Park and Ride service drops off and collects at Castle Gates just a few meters from the Castle Entrance. Car parking, including Blue Badge parking is available within the town centre although, it should be noted, that there are no parking fee concessions.  The closest Long Stay Car Park is situated at Frankwell which is a 15 minute walk away. Blue Badge Holders may park in the Castle grounds by prior arrangement.

Access to the main hall, part of the ground floor, the shop and accessible toilet facilities is via portable ramps. Manual wheelchair users will require the assistance of an able pusher to access the inclined path up to the main hall entrance. Although every effort has been made to improve access for all visitors, a small percentage of the exhibits are not wheelchair accessible due to the historic nature of the building.  Assistance dogs welcome, both within the Castle and its grounds.

There is a linear walk around the castle grounds which is accessible for wheelchair users although some steeper slopes may require the assistance of an able pusher.

We look forward to welcoming you and if you have any queries or require any additional assistance please contact us.

Get Involved

There are many ways you can get involved with Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery. Whether it’s through volunteering or becoming a Friend of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, there is a plethora of activities and projects that we need support in delivering.

So, do you fancy getting involved with your local museum and art gallery?


Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art GalleryAn image of the Friends of Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery's logo featuring a lion with its mouth open.

Many of our volunteers are also Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.

The Friends was established in 1983 with the general aim of supporting the objectives of Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery – particularly its educational work. There are currently about 270 members of the Friends.

The Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery run an annual programme of talks, visits and social events for members making it a fantastic and vibrant group in which to be involved.

To find out more about the benefits of being a Friend please visit their website at http://friendsofsmag.wordpress.com.


Volunteering

We’re incredibly lucky to have wonderful volunteers at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery and we’d love you to join the team and help us to continue to tell the stories of Shrewsbury and beyond, plus much more.

It’s easy to get involved and you can give as much or as little time as you are able and still make a huge difference.

An image of Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery volunteers receiving an award after getting involved in Museum activity

Museum volunteers

• Meet new people, and make new and lasting friendships
• Explore the history of your local town
• Take part in exciting projects
• Join over 100 volunteers of all ages
• Add to your experiences and Learn new skills
• Boost your CV and Gain references

If you are interested in volunteering at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery or any of our other sites (Shrewsbury Castle, Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, Ludlow Museum and Resource Centre, Much Wenlock Museum), please contact us to find out more about how to get involved:

Email: shrewsburymuseum@shropshire.gov.uk

Tel: (01743) 258885

Shrewsbury Steam Trust

Our partners at the Shrewsbury Steam Trust maintain and man the engines and boiler at Coleham Pumping Station. If you would like to get involved they would love to hear from you at enquiries@colehampumpingstation.co.uk

Visit Shrewsbury

An image of Castle Gates House in the heart of Shrewsbury surrounded by beautiful colourful flowers.Shrewsbury’s history is out there in its higgledy-piggledy streets of now wonky buildings and the museum is the perfect place to help you discover it: in the red sandstone of the Castle, the stained glass of St. Mary’s Church and the ancient banks and ditches that encircle the surrounding hills.

When you look down on Shrewsbury from above, you can see that the River Severn forms an almost perfect loop around the town – like a moat, designed and built by nature.  You can walk the whole loop from Welsh Bridge to English Bridge.  The towpath passes right through the Quarry Park and Frankwell where Charles Darwin spent many happy hours as a boy.

In a world of identikit high streets, this medieval town is one of the few places where the independent shops outnumber the big chains – interesting shops with names you’ve never heard before.

To find out about some of Shropshire Museum’s other heritage sites and museums in the town please follow the menu tabs on this page.

 

If you’re planning to visit to this historic town, visit Orginal Shrewsbury’s website for information.

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