Heritage Volunteering at Brynkinalt

As a result of a recent visit to Brynkinalt Hall near Chirk, there is a possibility that The Arts Society Shrewsbury might be able to start a Heritage Volunteering project there. Visitors were shown a fascinating collection of architectural drawings and there are plenty of other similar items needing attention.

If this project is of interest, please let Yvonne Bridgeland know, and she will put you in touch with David Brass, the West Midlands Area Co-ordinator for Heritage Volunteering. No specialist knowledge is required and training will be available.

Heritage Volunteering 2016

Towards the end of 2015 our joint project with The Arts Society Wrekin to catalogue the Elton Collection at Ironbridge was put on temporary hold due to a change of curatorial staff at the Museum, but we are hopeful that work will resume in the very near future. This is a huge project and there is much to be done!

Work continues at the Shropshire Archives in Shrewsbury despite fears of Council funding cuts. This is important work for Shropshire and we sincerely hope that it will not be affected. 

Caroline Auger is the committee co-ordinator for our Heritage Volunteering activities and would be delighted to hear from any Arts Society Shrewsbury member who would like to be involved (01743 369585).

The image shows some of our members hard at work.

Shropshire Archives

Since 1999 a team of The Arts Society Shrewsbury volunteers have been working every week at the Shropshire Archives doing pre-repair work on the county's historic documents.  The documents, from Shropshire's important collection of mediaeval records, estate records and those of ancient boroughs, are dusted and cleaned, and folds, creases and corners are straightened and flattened using special irons to prepare the documents for professional conservators.  They see court records, solicitors' files, assignments, property settlements, wills and mayoral accounts.

The document collection is large enough to keep the volunteers working in weekly sessions for some time to come.

The John Scott Collection Project

A number of Arts Society Shrewsbury members assisted volunteers from The Arts Society Wrekin in an exciting cataloguing project at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum, which in 2013 acquired the John Scott collection of some 1,300 objects, mainly single ceramic tiles or panels of varying sizes.  The tiles, dating from c1830 – c1930, which represent perhaps the finest collection of ceramic tiles from this period in the UK are now on display in the new John Scott Gallery at Jackfield.

The Elton Collection - Latest NADFAS Volunteer Project

A group of Arts Society Shrewsbury volunteers, together with a team from the Arts Society Wrekin, are currently working for the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust (IGMT) to help catalogue the Museum’s latest and one of the most important collections, the Elton Collection.  Read more ...