Broseley Local History Society  
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Wrekin Local Studies Forum -  Web site - including diary of events

The WLSF exists to bring together organisations and individuals interested in local studies in and around the Borough of Telford & Wrekin. It is a fully constituted group that meets quarterly to share information, expertise and resources and to plan joint ventures. There are currently 25 members representing local history, family history and civic societies, reminiscence groups, museums, archives, libraries and colleges.

The WLSF aims to promote and encourage local studies in the area. In order to do this the Forum has this year organised an exhibition in Telford Town Centre during Local History Week at which all members had the opportunity to display their research interests to a wider audience and hosted a series of seven guided summer evening walks around different parts of the new town. Next year the WLSF will be presenting a two-day conference to celebrate the bicentenary of the death of William Reynolds.

The WLSF currently receives support from the Borough of Telford & Wrekin.

If you would like more information about the Wrekin Local Studies Forum, please contact Marilyn Higson at Madeley Library (01952 586575) or through the Forum's email address (

Local Studies in the Borough of Telford and Wrekin

Telford & Wrekin Libraries & Heritage Services Local studies collections can be found at each of the nine libraries within the Borough of Telford & Wrekin. The largest collection is housed at Telford Library, with significant area-wide collections at Madeley and Wellington and smaller local collections at Dawley, Donnington, Hadley, Newport, Oakengates, and Stirchley.

Shropshire Records and Research Centre

Since April 1998 a joint agreement between Shropshire County Council and the Borough of Telford & Wrekin has ensured that the Service continues to operate across the historic county of Shropshire. As well as holding nearly 9km. of material relating to Shropshire past and present, the Service works closely with library services and voluntary organisations to co-ordinate local studies provision.

Shropshire Records and Research Centre Castle Gates, Shrewsbury SY 1 2AQ Telephone: 01743 255350, Fax: 01743 255355

Web site: www.

There are other libraries within the Borough of Telford & Wrekin with local studies collections. A major resource is to be found at the Library of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Access can be obtained by prior appointment with the librarian.

Telephone: 01952 432141, Fax: 01952 432237 e-mail:

Members (other than the Broseley Local History Society) are:

Shropshire Family History Society

Formed to promote the study of genealogy and family history, especially of Shropshire families and places. We encourage the preservation and transcription of relevant documents and with the help of our members make as many as possible available for others to use.

Society activities include:

  1. Meetings - 3rd Tuesday each month at the Shirehall from about 7.15 pm (except July & August). Talks on all aspects of family and local history Books for loan or purchase.

  2. Microfiche research materials for use, loan or purchase Burial indexes, monumental inscriptions, census etc. A quarterly journal

  3. Outings to London - to Family Records Centre etc.

 Prospective members are always welcome at meetings.
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Friends of Shropshire Records & Research 

The aim of the Friends is to ensure the preservation of Shropshire's documentary and published heritage and the needs and means of caring for it. The activities of the Friends include a programme of themed history days based on a subject or a locality, summer guided walks, an annual lecture and other events. A newsletter containing articles by members and updates on recent developments within the Centre is published four times a year. A register of members' interests is maintained. Friends also help in basic conservation work, sorting and indexing on a volunteer basis at the Centre.

Any enquiries about the Friends of Shropshire Records & Research should be addressed to:

Telford Historical and Archaeological Society

Aims and Interests:
To promote the study of archaeology and local history within Telford and the surrounding area by providing lectures or discussions on these or related subjects and by organising, if necessary, or assisting any archaeological projects arranged by
other public bodies if invited to do so

St Andrews Archive Group Shifnal

  • We meet once a month on the 4th Tuesday to work on documents relating to Shifnal.

  • We collect documents, photographs etc. relating to Shifnal.

  • We work on exhibitions and displays.

Ironbridge Gorge Community Archive


  • To produce databases relating to family history in the Ironbridge Gorge;

  • To produce information on the history of family life in the area;

  • To respond to requests for information on the area',, archives;

  • To promote education through researching family history.

The group holds its meetings at 7.30pm in Holy Trinity Church, Coalbrookdale on Monday evenings every two months.

New members will be made very welcome.

Wellington Civic Society

Founded 1978 working to 

  • Preserve our heritage

  • Record our past

  • Protect our environment and 

  • Influence our future.

Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month at Wellington Civic Centre, Larkin Way, Wellington. 7.30pm - 9.30pm

The Britannia Aqueduct Historical Society

The Society meets on the third Wednesday of the month at the Britannia Inn, Aqueduct

Its aims include:

  • The preservation of the Aqueduct bridge.

  • The promotion of the history of the aqueduct within the community and local schools

The society is supported by Banks's Brewery

Friends of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums

- a registered charity formed in the 1970s to support the IRONBRIDGE GORGE MUSEUM TRUST in the preservation, restoration, improvement, enhancement and maintenance of features and objects of historical and industrial interest in the Gorge area.

The Friends also help directly in the daily running of the Museum's 9 sites, with the provision of volunteers and guides working around the Museums and other activities such as the Social and Oral History Group and the Archive Group. The Museum Trust currently offers Friends free admission to all of the 9 sites throughout the year and 10% discount off most purchases in the Museum shops.

Friends also receive `IRONBRIDGE QUARTERLY', a newsletter giving details of what is currently happening at the Museum and including articles of an historical nature. There is a programme of previews and private views of exhibitions, talks, walks, visits, social events and meetings.