Victoria Histories of the Counties of England
A VCH Wem ‘short’ history will be published by the Victoria County History Shropshire team by the end of the year and Newport comes next. Just to remind people about the VCH and how we are working in conjunction with them….
The Victoria County History (VCH) is an encyclopaedic history of England’s places and people from earliest times to the present day. Based at the Institute of Historical Research in the University of London, VCH is the greatest publishing project in English local history. VCH is a well-respected organisation whose volumes are available nationally and internationally, and MANY are available online through http://www.british-history.ac.uk/
The History Society are asking for grants from Newport town council and the Boughey Trust. Initially we are asking ‘seed money’ for a project which will eventually produce a comprehensive, authoritative and definitive history of the town of Newport under the auspices of the Victoria County History (VCH) of Shropshire.
We are intending with these grants to undertake a ‘Scoping Study’ with VCH team establishing:
- what history has already been done (there have been a few but they relate to specific topics and the only comprehensive history of Newport by Rob Prentice was only lightly researched.
- what sources remain to be examined and where they are (including those in The National Archives, Kew)
- how far VCH and Newport History Society can join forces and use many more volunteers to complete the project
These initial grants will be limited solely to researching Newport town. It will cover the costs of four weeks consultancy by a historian to review documents at Shropshire Archives, Staffordshire Record Office and The National Archives and two weeks for a buildings archaeologist to review materials gathered by our Vernacular Architecture Group and the contents of the Shropshire Sites & Monuments Record Office
It will also be used to further investigate the development of history volunteer groups in the town and cover the costs of a history day probably in Cosy Hall in late Spring 2018 along the lines of the ‘Wem History’ Days (see http://www.whitchurchherald.co.uk/news/2017/06/27/gallery/wem-history-day-huge-success-as-visitors-learn-of-town-s-rich-past-89457/). At this event the historian and buildings archaeologist will present the findings of their research. After which a Heritage Lottery Fund application will be sought in 2018.
Heritage Lottery Funding application
An application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) in 2018 will then happen. This is to cover the costs of further researching and writing the history of Newport and using wider public engagement activities involving local residents. We propose that we and VCH Shropshire will make a joint application for funding towards a two- or three-year volunteer project to help complete this history of the town. We envisage that there will be a history of Newport (called a ‘VCH short’), potentially a second publication on the buildings of Newport, a revision of our own‘ Heritage Trail’ and eventually a Red Book entitled ‘Newport and the Weald Moors’
DISPLAY We have a display in the Guildhall window at the moment until 9th September. Here you can see a VCH Red Book (this one is of Telford) and a ‘short’ history of Newport, Essex
Photo attached. Professor Richard Hoyle (left) Dr Judith Everard (right) of VCH Shropshire visiting the Guildhall and our Heritage Resource Centre in July. Prof Hoyle is the Editor of the Agricultural History Review and Visiting Professor of Economic History at University of Reading
Rowland Breward’s plaque is now on display in 3a at the guildhall, we have also had a very nice tweet on twitter from Shropshire WW1 who will be holding a service on Wednesday at St chads church in Shrewsbury at 5pm for all those who lost there lives in world war 1 they will say a prayer for Rowland and light a candle in his honour.