At our Travelling Exhibition visitors will gain an insight into the world beneath the river’s surface and be introduced to an endangered fish – the twaite shad – that historically undertook an epic annual River Severn migration.
We reveal the River Severn as a wild, watery highway for fish and nature. And we invite you to glimpse into the underwater world hidden beneath the river’s surface.
The exhibition is suitable for families and accessible for disabled visitors and has been created by Unlocking the Severn – a conservation and river engagement project.
If you have an interest in nature and wildlife, fish, or the River Severn more generally, this is an opportunity to stop and think about the wildlife under the water.
Alongside beautiful graphic panels telling the shad’s story there are two commissioned short films to watch – including a new animation about the journey the shad make up the River Severn in search of their freshwater spawning grounds. In addition, a fascinating haul of artefacts and artworks fished from the Shropshire Museums’ archives will add a unique historical perspective. These items focus on the River Severn at Shrewsbury, and how local people’s relationship with the county’s most important river has changed and developed over the years.
Alex Ball, Senior Project Manager comments: “We hope this exhibition will provide a chance to change people’s perspective, viewing this powerful river through the eyes of a small fish, swimming up from the sea, trying to get past large weirs to reach good spawning habitats. We also hope visitors will be inspired to plan a visit to the new underwater viewing window at Worcester’s Diglis fish pass when it opens later this year.”
Sarah Skelton, Curator Shropshire Museums said: “As we were selecting and choosing objects to support the Unlocking the Severn exhibition, it struck me that the artworks in our collections really reflect the changes to the river ecosystem. Through our paintings we can see how human activity has shaped and changed the river over the centuries. In the context of an important conservation project, we can also consider our place in history and what the impact of our current behaviour will be on future generations’ relationship to the River Severn and its wildlife.”
Please check the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery website for any updates about COVID measures and to book your FREE ticket to reserve your place before travelling.
Unlocking the Severn is a conservation and river engagement project led by Canal & River Trust, and partners: the Severn Rivers Trust, the Environment Agency and Natural England. It is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the European Union LIFE Nature Programme.
An event to celebrate restoration of the Master’s House at Llanfyllin’s historic Workhouse, set in tranquil countryside on the road to Lake Vyrnwy. Building open from 10.00. Launch of a new book on Llanfyllin’s Masters and Matrons; opening ceremony at 11.30; harp and accordion music; displays; art and craft exhibition and demonstrations; open studios; print making; talk on ‘Punishments in the Workhouse; lunches.
The Harrington Household is a small Re-enacting group portraying life in the 15th century during the War of the Roses.
Encampment with Archery displays, living history, tourney, child drilling.
Fun for all the family.
Come and the se The Harrington Household’s archers and men at arms as they portray a 15th century retune fighting for King Richard 3rd. There will weapons talks displays and fun for all. Live history not just learn History.
Cost is £3 per Adult and all children free entrance.
Get yourselves ready to transport yourself back to the 1940s and imagine you are in a small town were evacuated children are arriving from the major industrial towns of the North West, soldiers are going back to barracks after being on leave, aircrew are heading off to airfields of Shropshire. So in the words of the song “Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag, and smile, smile, smile.”
Members of the public are encouraged to attend the weekend in British 1940’s period dress, either military or civilian. German uniforms will be allowed as part of living history displays. Firearms of any sort, replica or de-activated will NOT be allowed in the town centre.
What to Expect: A light hearted look at life in a small rural town in the 1940s. As you walk around the town, you will be captivated by Re-Enactors and Entertainers in period costume, vintage vehicle displays, trade stands, music and dancing; all with a 1940’s theme. There will also be special activities for children.
The annual, award winning Ginger & Spice Festival is taking place on Saturday 25th September 2021 in Market Drayton – the Home of Gingerbread – in Shropshire.
In celebration of British Food Fortnight, enjoy a FREE spicy street market on Cheshire street (in the centre of town) including a range of local, artisan producers, many with a ginger and spicy twist!
Meander through the streets of Market Drayton and out into the Shropshire countryside – including the Shropshire Union canal – on the brand new ‘Fodder and Tipple’ Tasting Trail. This ticketed event which takes in the floating market will include local tasting courses & refreshers at several stop offs along the 5 mile route, plus a goody bag with local artisan produce!
Also, enjoy a free of charge self-guided heritage trail & contest available for families, including visiting buildings and places of historical significance with a fun and educational heritage quiz for the little ones.
For tickets and further information visit the website and go to what’s on