The Shifnal Local History Exhibition comprises changing displays of photographs, artefacts and sources of information for historical research.

Photographs

We have over 2000 original photographs or copies of photographs.  They have all been indexed and classified to facilitate research.  Digital copies of the collection are displayed on a flat screen. Donations of photographs of Shifnal and its surroundings are always welcome.  We can also take copies of photographs, so that the donor can retain the original.  So if you have any family snaps or views, we would be very interested in seeing them. Photocopies of photographs in our collection can be provided for a charge:

  • B&W on photographic paper – 50p per copy
  • Colour on photographic paper – £1 per copy

Postage rates will also apply.

Artefacts

The display of objects reflects many aspects of Shifnal’s history – the carnival, shops and businesses, local hospitals and personalities.  There items are on permanent display in glass cabinets. If you have any item of interest, we would again be very interested in a donation or loan. We also have collections of items of historical interest but not necessarily pertaining to Shifnal, such as sad irons, carbolic soap and the like.  These items are available for loan – in schools or residential homes for reminiscence sessions.  Please contact the Secretary of the Local History Group for more information.

Sources of local history

If you are researching your family or house history or an aspect of social history, we hold transcripts of basic resource materials:

  • Parish registers of St Andrew’s Church:
    • Baptisms: 1673-1969 (indexed)
    • Marriages: 1679-1974 (indexed)
    • Burials: 1678-1979 (indexed)
  • Censuses – 1841 – 1901 (indexed)
  • Tithe apportionment award – 1840  (map and apportionment table)
  • Trade Directories – 1822-1941 (indexed)

These official sources only tell part of the story.  Visitors are constantly bringing us new stories and facts about Shifnal’s past.  If you have any information, from family traditions or your own research, please come and see us or send us the information via the comment box below.

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