history museums in Shropshire
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Shropshire Museums & Galleries

including civic and independent art galleries and museums in Shropshire...

Museums long ago ceased to be stuffy rooms full of glass cases containing bits of old pottery and fossilised bones. Today even most conventional museums include changing displays but over recent years there has been a growth in industrial and "living" museums. Here you can learn about local heritage, get a feel for how people lived and worked, the hardships they endured...

Galleries listed include not just civic galleries displaying publicly owned artworks, but also privately owned galleries with items for sale.

Shropshire Museums and Galleries

Old Station Building, Oswald Road, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 1RE

We cover a time from Pre Cambrian Railways right through GWR and BR. This is important in a historic railway centre. Covering about 150 years of railway history in Oswestry, we have exhibits and artefacts from all periods. On certain weekends throughout the season, you can visit the museum and have a train ride. New additions in the museum include a Narrow Gauge Tipper Wagon which was last used in the Water Works in Oswestry. Currently we are working on the society Nantmawr branch line project to restore one and a quarter miles of the former Gobowen to Nantmawr branch line.
Tel: 01691 671749See our website

Wenlock Lodge, Acton Scott, Church Stretton, Shropshire, SY6 6QN
"Living history in the Shropshire Hills...

Experience daily life on an upland 19th century farm". One of the leading museums of its type in Britain, you can see traditional dairy techniques - milking by hand and butter-making. Practical demonstrations using traditional methods and period horse-drawn machines. Visits from a wheelwright, farrier and blacksmith. See the animals in the fields and farmyard - including some rare breeds. A memorable experience for everyone, especially children. The craft shop sells fresh produce, country crafts and souvenirs. Home-cooked food in the cafe. Sign posted off the A49 just south of Church Stretton. Most activities are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs available. Fully accessible toilet /washing facilities.
Tel: 01694 781307
E-mail: acton.scott.museum@shropshire.gov.uk
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tabMUCH WENLOCK MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
High Street, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6HR
It is strange to think that a small town like Much Wenlock could be associated with the origins of the modern Olympic Games, but it was here in 1850 that Dr. William Penny Brooks founded the Wenlock Olympian Society and the town's annual Olympian Games.

Throughout his life, Dr. Brooks was a leading member of the National Olympian Association, working to promote the moral and physical benefits of physical education.

The museum also provides information on local history, the geology of Wenlock Edge and the archaeology of the south-west Shropshire area.
Tel: 01952 727773
E-mail: acton.scott.museum@shropshire.gov.uk
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Ironbridge, Telford, Shropshire, TF8 7DQ
Ironbridge Gorge is a World Heritage Site, it was here that the Industrial Revolution really started and it's no surprise that there are ten museums within the 6-square miles. Nowhere in the world has had such an influence on the development of technology and the way society has developed in the industrialised world. A beautiful place to visit but it's for industrial heritage that most visitors come with many of its early industrial sites surviving as furnaces, factories, workshops, canals in the communities of Coalbrookdale, Coalport, Ironbridge, and Jackfield. The most impressive image of the area, though, must be that of the world's first iron bridge spanning the often wild waters of the River Severn. Many of the museums have working craftsmen who demonstrate traditional crafts...ironworking, pottery, glassmaking, candlemaking, etc.
Tel: 01952 884391
E-mail: paul.gossage@ironbridge.org.uk
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Broseley Pipeworks


This Museum is like a time capsule containing much of the original equipment installed in the 1880's and used until production ceased here at the end of the 1950's. There are displays which explain the history of the local clay tobacco pipe-making industry from its 16th century origins.

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Blists Hill Victorian Town


Set in 50 acres of woodland. Much of this apparently 19th century town is actually made up of rescued and re-erected or replica Victorian buildings alongside industrial monuments which have been preserved in-situ. The "town" includes a bank, chemist, pub, bakers, sweet shop, school, doctor's and candle-maker's. You can exchange modern currency for Victorian pounds, shillings and pence to spend with the staff of the shops in authentic costume.

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Ludlow Museum

Castle Street, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 1AS
Tel: 01584 878765     E-mail: ludlowmuseum@shropshire.gov.uk

The first museum in Ludlow was established in 1833. The current museum includes the John Norton Gallery and a display of the internationally-famous geology of the area. Sir Roderick Murchison, a famous Victorian geologist, unravelled the story of Ludlow's rocks and new finds are still being made today. Some of the oldest known fossil plants and land animals in the world have recently been found in the area. The museum galleries are fully accessible to wheelchair users. Public car park and toilets are close by.

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The Eckford Sweet Pea Society Of Wem

c/o Lyndale, Nook Farm, Weston-under-Redcastle, Shropshire, SY4 5LP
Tel: 01948 840779 or 01948 840806     E-mail: johnandvalgood@tiscali.co.uk

An annual show to celebrate and exhibit the towns famous sweet peas. Learn how Henry Eckford developed his work back in 1888 and how it is still be used today. Pick up seeds and souvenirs also.

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Land of Lost Content

The Market Hall, Market Street, Craven Arms, Shropshire, SY7 9NW
Tel: 01588 676176

Travel back in time and re-live the times of your life again. Browse through material dating back to the Victorians right to the Millennium.

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Royal Airforce Museum Cosford

Shifnal, Shropshire, TF11 8UP
Tel: 01902 376200

Time flies when you're having fun! Free admission. Museum housing 70 aircraft and home to War Planes, Missiles and much more.

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