2019-20 Talks and Walks Programme


Sunday 27th October  2019 14.30pm

Nigel Baker:  WALK.  Medieval Shrewsbury  FULL

Please note that this is a Walk incorporating visits to buildings not normally accessible to the public. Meet at the top of Pride Hill.

There has been an enthusiastic demand for tickets and there are reserve lists.If you anticipate you will not be able to attend please return your ticket to the VIC at the Museum so it can be reallocated.

Wednesday 16th October 2019 15.30pm

Nigel Baker: Churches and Chapels


Wednesday 30th October 2019 15.30pm

Nigel Baker: Fortress Shrewsbury


Wednesday 22nd January 2020 15.30pm

 Wednesday 29th January 2020 15.30pm

Kate Cadman : Ironbridge Ceramics and Porcelain

Two talks incorporating a practical demonstration

Kate is Curator of the Coalport China Museum and Jackfield Tile Museum. These two lectures explain why Ironbridge became a centre of china and ceramic manufacture and will highlight items from the Shrewsbury collection.


Wednesday 4th March 2020 15.30pm

Adrian Barlow: Stained Glass

Adrian is Chair, Friends of the Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum. His Espying Heaven: The Stained Glass of Charles Eamer Kempe and his Artists was published in January 2019.


Wednesday 25th March 2020 15.30pm

Janine Young: Attingham and Shropshire Archaeology

Janine is the National Trust Archaeologist for the West Midlands, with a brief from Hill Forts in Herefordshire to WW2 Airfields. Her most recent excavation is at Attingham.


All talks, with the exception of the Darwin lecture, will be given at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.

Entrance is by ticket and BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL as there are only seventy seats. Tickets are free for Friends. Non-members are also welcome at a cost of £3. Both Friends and guests must acquire tickets from the Visitor Information Centre – In person  or by
Phone: 01743 258888
Mail: VIC, Music Hall, Market St, Shrewsbury SY1 1LH
(please enclose a SAE and make out cheques to Shropshire County Council).

Members will be informed of any changes to this programme by email, notices on this website, and on our information board at the museum.

* Related to a  Museum exhibition; +Museum organised event.


Archive of past talks, to 2019

September 2019:  Houses of Shrewsbury by Nigel Baker:

April 2019: The Early Iconography of the Iron Bridge by David de Haan.

March 2019: Mammoths to Minerals: digitising Shropshire’s geology by Daniel Lockett.

February 2019: The Darwin Memorial Lecture. Robert FitzRoy, a Napoleon or a Nelson? by Peter Moore.

January 2019:  Recent Archaeological Finds in Shropshire by Peter Reavill of the British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme.

November 2018:  Robert Clive and Shropshire by Bob Fowke.

October 2018: None that go return again – a talk, with readings, focused on the work of Wilfred Owen by Andrew Bannerman.

October 2018: An Artist’s War – the Art and Letters of Morris and Meredith Williams by Phyllida Shaw.

April 2018:  Visit to Flaxmill, Ditherington and talk by Alan Mosley and Joanna Layton.

March 2018: A Marvellous Creation – the Work of the Rothschilds at Waddesdon Manor Pippa Shirley, Head of Collections, at  Waddesdon.

January 2018:  The Darwin Farms and the vital role of Shrewsbury’s John Higgins, by  Prof. Peter Worsley, Reading University.

November 17: Chasing the Shadows and Hiding in the Light, by Andy Mckeown.

May 2017: Making the Most of 3D Digitisation in Museums, by James Grimster (Orange Leaf Systems).

March 2017: William Hazeldine -Ironmaster Extraordinary, by Andrew Pattison.

January 2017: New Discoveries at the Iron Bridge, by David de Haan.

November 2016: Temples, Tombs and Treasure – Archaeology in Ethiopia, by Louise Schofield

*November 2016: David Evans of Shrewsbury and the Revival of Gothic Stained Glass, by Martin Crampin

*November 2016: An Introduction to Caughley Porcelain, by Emma-Kate Lanyon, Maurice Wright and David Waterhouse.

*October 2016: Margaret Rope and the Women of The Arts & Crafts Movement, by Sally Hoban

September 2016: To Celebrate a Hero – How Shropshire Honoured Rowland Hill, by Richard Hayes.

May 2016: Churches of Shropshire, by Andrew Pike.

April 2016: The History of the Drapers’ Company in Shrewsbury, by Nigel Hinton.

*March 2016: Beyond Valhalla, by Thor Ewing.

January 2016. ‘English Landscape and Topographical Tradition in Art’ by Anthony Vettise.

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