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.
On Saturday 7th August we are hosting a fantastically fun 60’s themed ‘Festival on the Field’ to mark 100 years of our much-loved hospital, The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic, and 60 years of The League of Friends.
Join us as we celebrate these significant milestones and honor the work of our incredible frontline NHS staff.
The daytime will host a family-friendly community event involving live music, craft stalls, food and drink and children’s entertainment. The evening will see a swinging sixties themed disco for adults to enjoy.
Go back in time, feeling the heat, seeing the ferns, hearing the water and smelling the rotting vegetation to a time when minibeasts ruled the world. Look at some fossils from this period, make an instant fossil and go on a hunt for their modern cousins.
Monday – Friday, 1pm – 2.30pm.
£4 per accompanied 4-11 year old. Members price £3.60.
Book to avoid disappointment.
One of the country’s leading folk festivals – the most fun you can have during August Bank Holiday weekend!
The 2021 Shrewsbury Folk Festival takes place from August 27 to 30. Four days packed with fantastic music and much more on a riverside site in the heart of Shrewsbury.
See latest information at www.shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk
The best way to spend Bank Holiday Monday!
BBQ • GARDEN GAMES • TREASURE HUNT • PIMMS & FIZZ STATIONS • ARTISAN CRAFT & FOOD STALLS • CHILDRENS ACTIVITIES • LIVE MUSIC • FALCONRY & OWLS • LASER CLAYS • FOOTBALL SKILLS WITH PLAYERS FROM MARKET DRAYTON TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB • AFTERNOON TEA TAKEAWAY PICNICS • DJ
Enjoy the very best, quintessentially English garden traditions with live music, treasure hunts, and craft stalls for an afternoon of fun in the sunshine with your friends and family.
Our Garden Party events in 2019 and 2020 saw overwhelming support, and we can’t wait to do it all again this year!
£5.00 entry per adult. KIDS GO FREE.
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
2nd & 3rd October 2020 – Following the success of the past 3 Oktoberfest we are back and BIGGER! Over 180 real ales, ciders, bubbles, gin, cocktails, rum and more served alongside amazing live music, street food, farmers market, comedy club and the much loved silent disco this promises to be another amazing event inside Shrewsbury Quarry Park!
The event runs;
5pm – 10pm Friday 2nd October – £7 in advance (£9 on the door)
11am – 10pm Saturday 3rd October – £13 entry in advance (£15 on the door)
VIP tickets – £35 in advance (Saturday only, £40 on the door)
for tickets and more information check out www.shropshireoktoberfest.co.uk
On February 26 and 27, 2022, Telford International Centre will play host to Shropshire Kids Festival.
This is your one-stop ticket to family fun for ages 0-14! We bring together hundreds of activities in to one place, for a jam-packed day of enjoyment. The best bit? Once inside all activities are FREE! There will be an obstacle course, a battalion of inflatables with a helter skelter slide, giant games, space hoppers, zorbing, mini golf, bubble football, musical instruments to try, go karts, STEM activities, arts, crafts, sports, baking sessions, nerf wars, roller disco, mini ice rink, exploring, discovering and epic enjoyment! If there’s one thing we can guarantee at Shropshire Kids Festival – it’s FUN!