History group season two

The History of shrewsbury 1154-1485

The History Group Season Two will start in September 2022. The focus this time will be on Shrewsbury from 1154 until 1485. Once again there will be five separate presentations, lasting approximately 90 minutes, with refreshments included in the price. Details can be found on our website www.shrewsburycivicsociety.co.uk and on www.shrewsburyhistorica.co.uk

PRESENTATION 1: The Welsh Wars
Shrewsbury in 1154; the nature of the Welsh threat to England; the English response to the Welsh threat; the development of Shrewsbury Castle; the construction of the town walls; the nature of the conflict in Wales and the ultimate conquest of the Welsh by Edward I.

Sunday, September 4 @ 4.30 pm
Wednesday, September 7 @ 7.00 pm

PRESENTATION 2: The Medieval Economy
The nature of the medieval wool trade; the importance of guilds in Shrewsbury; the changing townscape of Shrewsbury; the development of the marketplace; the growth in trade and of the merchant class and the economic impact of Shrewsbury Abbey.

Sunday, October 2 @ 4.30 pm
Wednesday, October 5 @ 7.00 pm

PRESENTATION 3: Medieval Society
The political significance of Shrewsbury Abbey; the inauguration of the friaries; the effects of the Black Death and the efficacy of medieval medicine; law and order, together with Shrewsbury’s own serial killer; love and marriage in medieval times.

Sunday, November 6 @ 4.30 pm
Wednesday, November 9 @ 7.00 pm

PRESENTATION 4: The Battle of Shrewsbury
The reasons for the battle in 1403; the events and significance of the battle; the question of the bodies; the wounding of the Prince of Wales; the effects of the battle on Shrewsbury, both before and after.

Sunday, December 4 @ 4.30 pm

Wednesday, December 7 @ 7.00 pm


PRESENTATION 5: Key Personalities
Joan, Lady of Wales and wife to Llywelyn the Great; the execution of Dafydd, Prince of Wales; the significance of Robert Burnell; the rebellion of Owain Glyndwr; Humphrey Kynaston, Shropshire’s own Robin Hood; the arrival of Henry Tudor in Shrewsbury.

Sunday, February 5 @ 4.30 pm
Wednesday, February 8 @ 7.00 pm

As with Season One, each session provides a handout with brief notes of the presentation, together with some of the other issues of the period for which there was no time in the presentation itself. Tea and/or coffee will be provided.

Each session will be led by Russell Game, who has recently retired from teaching History and Politics at William Brookes School in Much Wenlock. Russell has a BA Honours degree in History and German from the University of Reading, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the University of Exeter. He also studied at Konstanz University in Germany.

Currently Russell is a Board Trustee of Shrewsbury Civic Society, serving as archivist, researcher, webmaster and newsletter editor. He specialises in local history and is looking forward to sharing his knowledge with the participants in this course. He will be assisted by Bibbs Cameron, an ex-British Museum Guide, who is also a Board Trustee of the Civic Society and Membership Secretary.