This is a new venture by the Civic Society starting in 2020, the aim of which is to investigate the History of Shrewsbury from pre-Roman times to the end of the Anarchy in 1154. The 5-part course is aimed at those interested in the history of Shrewsbury and Shropshire during this formative time period. It is intended that this will be the first of five courses over the next five years looking at the history of Shrewsbury and environs up to the present day. Each session will last between 1½ and 2 hours. The style of the sessions will comprise presentation talks and discussion, with an opportunity for participants to ask further questions after the presentations

This 5-party Study Group will begin at the Bear Steps Hall on Wednesday 19th February 2020, with the later sessions taking place on the 3rd Wednesday of every month until June. There will be a fee for each session of £5 per participant (£25 for the complete package) to include tea or coffee and any relevant handouts relating to the session’s content. Online registration can be completed through Eventbrite – just click on the link below.
(There is an online registration fee of 98p in addition to the cost of the sessions.)

Study groups are limited in size and enrolment is on a first come, first served basis. The deadline for registration for each group session will be on the Monday prior to the sessions taking place, e.g. Monday 17th February for the session on Wednesday 19th February. However, places are fast filling up and interested parties are advised to book their places as soon as possible

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.

The five themes to be covered are as follows:

19 Feb 2020
Early settlement in Shrewsbury

18 Mar 2020
The Normans

15 Apr 2020
The Development of Shrewsbury

20 May 2020
The Anarchy

17 Jun 2020
Personalities from the Period

In each instance the history of the town will be considered in the national and international context of the time