Shrewsbury Civic Society is a not-for-profit, non-political organisation that seeks to maintain and advance Shrewsbury as a pleasant place to live and work in, with a built environment of the highest quality

It seeks to do this by:
– Providing a forum to consider the development of the town and the enhancement of its unique features
– Encouraging high standards in building development, restoration and renovation
– Monitoring and scrutinising planning applications to ensure they are suitable for a historic town
– Making suggestions to protect and conserve Shrewsbury’s irreplaceable building heritage
– Promoting the town’s long-term economy and encouraging interest in its unique heritage
– Promoting educational opportunities to learn more about the town and its history

Coronavirus Update (09/07/2020)

In light of recent government announcements, the Civic Society is looking at ways in which the Bear Steps might re-open to the public. However, this is not likely to be soon and the Bear Steps Gallery remains closed to the public for the time being. We hope to be able to re-open as soon as it is practicable and safe to do so
All Civic Society events have been postponed or cancelled *.  This includes the History Group meetings and the AGM (see below), which  we hope to be able to resume later in the year
. We apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience that this might cause.
Further alterations in the light of new developments and/or government policy will be posted here

*The Planning Committee  and the Council of Management of the Society is still at work (using electronic means of communication) and dealing with important issues related to planning. You can still bring matters of concern to these Committees by email: or

R.I.P. - Mary de Saulles

It is with sadness that Shrewsbury Civic Society must record the death of long-serving member Mary de Saulles. Our thoughts and condolences are with her family

ACTIVITIES 12/07/20 (Scroll down for the latest news)

Video of the Week

Images and footage of the town from 2019 – remember Shrewsbury before lockdown?

Image of the Week

The images are all from Shrewsbury


Latest Planning News

Updated June 2020, read the latest from our Planning Committee

Planning behind Lockdown

Read about how the Covid-19 lockdown has affected planning

NWRR Statement

Read the resolution passed by our Council of Management on the North West Relief Road

SM&AG Mindful Museums

Check out the videos from Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

BTP Statement

Read our statement about the Big Town Plan (Spring 2020)

Virtual Flax Mill Tour

Because of the lock-down, you cannot visit the Flax Mill Maltings, but you can do so online…

Civic Voice

SCS is a member of Civic Voice – you can keep up with their views by visiting their website

Flax Mill Voices Project

Friends of the Flax Milll Maltings need your voice for their latest project

AGM Postponed

Because of the ongoing situation with Covid-19 the AGM has been postponed

Severn Tree Trust

This body exists to protect, promote and plant trees in our area

Membership Latest

A message from our Membership Secretary, Bibbs Cameron

Better Transport for Shrewsbury

BeST has all the latest about the North West Relief Road and more

History of Shrewsbury

Further issues that have arisen frrom the History Study Group

Vision for Pedestrians

Read about our proposals to enhance the pedestrian experience in Shrewsbury

SCS Awards 2020

Take part in our biannual awards by nominating your favourite buildings for an award

Darwin Exhibition Podcast

Listen to the podcast of the Young Darwin Exhibition recorded by the Shrewsbury Biscuit Podcast


Our members care about Shrewsbury. If you do too, we’d love you to join us

Planning Reading List

Read important national, regional and local documents related to planning and design


Complete list of what events are planned for the coming year (subject to change)