The Ironbridge Tile Project

 Mary Clapworthy, Treasurer of The Arts Society Shrewsbury, presented a cheque to Paul Joseland at the Ironbridge Tile Project where are our team are working with The Arts Society Wrekin on cast iron tile moulds - cleaning, recording and cataloguing.

New Opportunities

The Shropshire Archives

There are some vacancies to join our team of volunteers at the Shropshire Archives. It usually takes place on Tuesday morning and you work in a small group cleaning documents and books. It is a very friendly environment and help and some training will be given. No previous experience is necessary. You are dealing with historical documents and it can be most interesting and informative.

Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust

A new Heritage Volunteering opportunity has just started at Ironbridge. This is organised by Wrekin Arts Society and there are about six volunteers from our Arts Society already involved. This time it is cleaning and cataloguing Craven Dunhill tile moulds. There is a rota so it would not be more than twice a month either on Wednesday morning or afternoon. There is space for some volunteers as they can cope with about 10 volunteers a session. Again no experience is needed; help will be available.

If you are interested in either of these projects do please get in touch with me and you can meet the current volunteers so that you have a clearer idea of what is involved.

Contact Caroline Auger or on 01743 369585

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 ...