Historic happenings at Wellington Library

Two “historic happenings” take place at Wellington Library in the next couple of weeks.

Historic happenings at Wellington Library

Mary McKenzie, of Shropshire Archives, will shed light on what the archives holds in its nearly six miles of shelving at 7.30pm on Tuesday 24 February.

She will also update people on the various projects that archives are involved on from Heritage Heroes – a virtual volunteering programme to upcoming sessions commemorating World War One throughout Shropshire.

There will also be a community history day on Saturday 7 March between 10am and 2pm.

This is the fourth annual event of its type organised by Telford and Wrekin Libraries and members of the Wrekin Local Studies Forum.

It is set to be bigger than ever this year and stalls include Arleston Memories Group, Broseley, Dawley, Ketley, Wellington, Wrockwardine Wood and Trench History Groups.

There will also be stands from Shropshire Archives, Shropshire Family History and Blessed Robert Johnson Memories Book Group.

Also featured is Shifnal History Group’s whistle stop tour of the town from pre Domesday to 21st century developments and AFC Telford United’s Building The Tribe heritage lottery funded project which aims to tell the story of fans involvement in the club.

Library community history volunteers will be on hand to show those who attend how to use the Ancestry Library on library computers.

People can also search the British Newspaper Archive online for free and look at the Wellington Journal 1854-1970 on microfilm, which provides lots of first hand resources of local First World War regiments.

Residents and visitors can also join in with the Wellington Charter Day celebrations in the Market Square between 11am and 1pm.

This event commemorates the town’s first market charter of February 29, 1244, signed by Henry II.

It was among the earliest awarded to a Shropshire town and this year’s celebrations include a royal messenger arriving on horseback to deliver the market charter.

There will also be morris dancing from the ironmen of Madeley and street theatre from Shrewsbury.

Councillor Hilda Rhodes, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Libraries, said: "Our libraries are thriving – we’ve opened three new ones in the space of four years and Wellington was the first of those.

"Usage of our libraries is on the increase which is a reward for our investment and events like these ones at Wellington help to raise their profile and generate a sense of place and community."