Category Archive: History

Making the most of 2016: Wellington Makers’ Project

What is your town known for? What marks it out from other places? Some towns have a ‘thing’ which makes it easier to answer that question – Ludlow has food, Ironbridge has museums… Continue reading

A Tale of Two Wellingtons

What connects our Wellington with its New Zealand namesake? Certainly not the origins of the name itself – like the boots, the beef dish and most other things named Wellington, the New Zealand… Continue reading

Let’s bring Mythstories to Wellington – before it’s too late

Let me tell you a story. There once was a successful little museum called Mythstories – the world’s first museum of storytelling, no less. It lived happily in an old library building in… Continue reading

Join us for Charter Day 2014

2014 marks 770 years since Henry III granted the town’s earliest known market charter, laying the foundations for the market we’ve had in Wellington ever since. This will be the third year we’ve held the event, which you can read… Continue reading

2023: Step inside the Museum of The Wrekin

In his recent vision of Wellington yet to come, local writer George Evans decided to turn the simmering idea of a Museum of The Wrekin into a future reality. It’s an idea that’s been around the… Continue reading

The Midsummer Fayre in photos

Hot off the digital press… a gallery of photographs from this weekend’s Wellington Midsummer Fayre, plus some thank yous to those who made it happen. The sun shone, the churchyard was filled with… Continue reading

Ten days to go and ten things to do at the Midsummer Fayre

Just ten days to go until our annual Midsummer Fayre – I hope you’re coming. If you are – or if you still need some encouragement – here’s a check list of ten… Continue reading

Chartism Part II: the Summer of Discontent

Last week, I posted about the Chartist demonstration on The Wrekin which took place in May 1842, and which had the authorities on the edge of their seats. But Shropshire’s brush with Chartism –… Continue reading

May 1842: Radicals on The Wrekin

A few years ago, deep in the National Archives at Kew, I came across a box of letters. Submitted weekly to the Home Office, they had all been written over the course of just a few months… Continue reading

Dothill, Downing Street and the dead man who built a Cambridge college

In the run-up to the Midsummer Fayre in June, we’re taking a break from the future of Wellington and getting a bit historical for a change. A version of this article appears on… Continue reading