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Donation Guidelines (incl. Memorial Gifts).
January 2020: Clarification on items we might consider for donation:
In terms of donations and memorial gifts, we encourage donations of items to the museum for the archive and collections along the following lines – and are grateful for them:
We have an active interest in linked social/military archives that present a picture of one of our soldiers. We call this a ‘Bundled Archive’.
Ideally, a ‘bundled’ archive would consist of a range of the following key items (this makes it easier for us to sort and prioritise how it is displayed).
- Personal ID including portrait photographs (ideally labelled), army paybooks, membership cards etc.
- Medals, uniform regalia (including medal cards and citations)
- Photographs in service (again, with person labelled)
- Uniform items (regular service uniform up to WW2 – no Dress uniforms issued after 1900 please)
- Personal items of equipment (no firearms unless deactivated to 2017 standard and attributed specifically to the person’s service)
- Diaries and personal accounts, including correspondence relating to service
- Newspaper and other media pertaining to the person/events/battles etc.
- Official entries in Hansard/Gazette/etc. or civic citations
- Photos in later life/non-uniform/other
- Obituary, testimonials etc.
- Mention in published literature/books (especially recognised Corps or Regimental texts)
We are especially interested in items that show an interesting element of a person’s service or life, for example a bullet dented coin, or a series of love letters home.
It is far less in our interest to accept individual items from the list above as these don’t show the person ‘in the round’.
We no longer have space nor the resources to accept items of uniform post WW2, nor any ephemera or ‘trench-art’.
As a near complete collection, we are not actively collecting other items at the present time.
If the donated items are intended for sale such that their proceeds can be used for the Museum’s development, please ask the donor to agree this with the Director.
We cannot accept items from the following categories:
- Unlicensed or active firearms
- Certain personal weapons or improvised weapons (such as knuckle dusters, coshes etc)
- Items containing or likely to contain asbestos (respirators or gas masks)
- Items containing or likely to contain Radium (dials, instruments, watches and compasses pre- 1950 or certain weapons sights)
- Spent or active munitions, part or remnants of munitions, shrapnel or battlefield finds.
- Human remains, bones, hair, or items stained with bodily fluids (blood etc)
- Archaeological finds, notably from a battlefield or war site.
- Items of Nazi origin, or items connected with fascist regimes.
- ‘Liberated’ items from WW2 or beyond.
- Items with Colonial interpretations or connections
- Any other items where provenance and ownership cannot be proven beyond doubt.
- Large items, including framed paintings or flags, or items of sculpture, without first submitting a photograph and sundry details.
- Items requiring substantial restoration, or where their poor condition places upon the Museum a liability to restore them that is beyond our means.
- Items of offensive nature.
- Reproductions or facsimile items, or items copied from the original without provenance.
- Items that carry a restriction or condition on their potential display or usage. (i.e. items that are donated on condition we put them on display).
- Items donated only on loan or long-term loan.
We are always grateful of offers of donations to our Museum, but if there is any doubt about the above guidance, we encourage the donor/you to talk to us before bringing items into the museum.
Owing to strict rules that apply to the UK Museum sector, we have duties to record and report all donations, including sharing of sensitive data, with legal authorities should questionable items come to our notice. We feel it is important to share this information with our potential donors, although please do not infer from this that we believe their/your offer to be anything but kind and legitimate and for which we are sincerely and genuinely grateful.
Soldiers of Shropshire Museum is a Regimental Museum which houses the collections of the major county Regiments – the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry and its ancestors; the Shropshire Yeomanry; the Shropshire Royal Horse Artillery and the related county Militia, Volunteers and Territorials of Shropshire.
|The museum displays were completely refurbished after a terrorist attack in 1992, re-opening in 1997, and the collection now proudly lives up to the regimental motto: Aucto Splendore Resurgo (I rise again in Greater Splendour)|
|The exhibition starts in the East Tower and mezzanine, with a display of regimental artefacts and on the Modern Army and The Rifles – the successor to the KSLI. The modern theme, with exhibits on recent deployments, modern armament, uniform and medals continues as you get your first view of the Main Hall below…|
|The Main Hall tells the story of the Shropshire Regiments, starting with the formation of the 53rd (Shropshire) Regiment by Colonel William Whitmore of Apley in 1755 and of the 85th Light Infantry (the first Light Infantry regiment) by Colonel The Viscount Pulteney in Shrewsbury in 1759. The French Wars of 1793 to 1815 saw the formation or extension of Shropshire’s local regiments, the county Militia, the Yeomanry and the Volunteers, whose successors continue to be represented in today’s armed forces as Reservists. The displays follow the regular regiments up to 1914 as they help to carve out and then garrison a world-wide empire, with the Volunteer and Territorial regiments at home ready for any crisis which might threaten the Nation.|
|Whilst the Main Hall shows the spectacular part of the regiments’ histories up to 1914, on the ground floor of the Castle, the visitor is taken through the grimmer times of the two World Wars when the men and women of Shropshire served in their thousands, many in specially raised Service and Home Guard battalions.|
|The regimental story continues with displays on the withdrawal from empire in Africa and the Far East and the era of the Cold War, with the exhibit devoted to the Korean War of 1950-53 illustrating a (then) new phase of soldiering, for the first time under the flag of the United Nations.|
The late 1960s saw both the Yeomanry and the KSLI become part of a more integrated British Army, reflecting its strategic position as global peacekeeper. In 1968, the five regiments of the Light Infantry Brigade (the KSLI, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and Durham Light Infantry) amalgamated to form The Light Infantry, with the 1st KSLI being redesignated as the 3rd Battalion of the new regiment.
In 1969, the Shropshire Yeomanry regiment was replaced by No. 4 Squadron, 35 (South Midlands) Signal Regiment and the Shropshire Yeomanry Cadre. These later formed the Shropshire Yeomanry Squadron of the Queen’s Own Mercian Yeomanry before their amalgamation into the Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry and subsequent re-subordination to the Royal Yeomanry.
We are Soldiers of Shropshire
Follow the evolution over 300 years of the British Army by visiting the Soldiers of Shropshire Museum at Shrewsbury Castle . We have a wide variety of family friendly activities , a fantastic evening lecture series and hold a spectacular collection of uniforms, weapons, medals and silverware.
Soldiers of Shropshire Museum is thrilled to announce that we will re-open on Saturday 25th July after four months’ of closure.
We ask that you are patient when queuing to visit, and in navigating the one-way visitor flow. We also recommend bringing contactless payment methods, and your face coverings (in anticipation of changing guidance for wearing face coverings in Museums). See the ‘Plan your Visit’ section for more details.