Talks Programme

Most lectures are held at the Museum. 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).

Forthcoming talks


Thursday 11 January 2018   –  3.30 pm  – Prof. Peter Worsley, Reading University,

The Darwin Farms and the vital role of Shrewsbury’s John Higgins’.

Sunday 11 February 2018  – 2 pmDarwin Lecture. Prof. Martin Rudwick

‘I, The Geologist: Darwins first career’  (at Theatre Severn)

Tuesday 13 March 2018 – 5 pm – Pippa Shirley, Head of Collections, at  Waddesdon           –  ‘A Marvellous Creation – the Work of the Rothschilds at     Waddesdon Manor’

Tuesday 7 April 2018 – 3pm  – Alan Mosley and   Joanna Layton

Visit to Flaxmill, Ditherington  and talk


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


Archive of past talks, 2015 – 2017

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

November 2017: ‘Chasing the Shadows and     Hiding in the Light’  Andy Mckeown

May 2017: ‘Making the Most of 3D Digitisation in Museums‘, 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.
December 2015: ‘Shropshire’s Hidden Archaeology – on and in the River Severn’ by Nigel Baker.
November 2015: ‘Shropshire’s Hidden Archaeology – Old Farmyards of Shropshire’ by Nigel Baker.
October 2015: ‘Shropshire’s Hidden Archaeology – Underground Shrewsbury’, by Nigel Baker.
*October 2015: ‘A Tale of two Cities’ by Jet Rothman
May 2015: ‘Son and servant of Shropshire: The life of Archdeacon Joseph (Plymley) Corbett. 1759 – 1838’  by Douglas Grounds.
April 2015: ‘The Philanthropic Landscape of Coalbrookdale’ by Harriet Devlin.
*March 2015: ‘Reconstructing Roman Lives: using the Shrewsbury Museum’s collection’ by Roger White.
*January 2015: ‘Secret Egypt: Unravelling Truth from Myth’ by Christopher Kirby.

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