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BiSHoP'S CaSTLe HeRiTage ReSouRCe CenTRe documents held at Shropshire Archives. These are too bulky and precious to leave Shrewsbury and have therefore been digitally photographed, and can now be viewed on-screen at BCHRC, and selected pages printed. This means that researchers can view an image of the original document, with no risk of transcription errors, and of a much higher quality than existing microfiche images.

Bishop's Castle's geographical remoteness has served to protect its heritage, and the town has kept much of its historic character. Bishop's Castle Heritage Resource Centre is a volunteerrun activity centre which opened in 2004 to celebrate local history and keep it within the community for people to use and share. It is owned and run by the House on Crutches Museum Collection Trust, which also manages the House on Crutches Museum. BCHRC has a secure museum standard store, in which the Museum's reserve collection is kept in safety, as well as other artefacts, documents and ephemera. You can view some of the collection online at Individuals and organisations can deposit their archives in the store for a small fee. More information on depositing can be found on the website.

An index of these resources is available at BCHRC or to download from the website BHRC is open to visitors from 10.30am to 1.00pm on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays or at other times by arrangement. Please phone 01588 630556 (answerphone) or email BCHRC is at 5 Chapel yard, just off Bishop's Castle's High Street. Other facilities and services are offered, from photocopying and laminating to specialised services such as the production of displays and digitisation of documents. The small meeting room is ideal for meetings and workshops up to a maximum of 12 people, and there is a small range of equipment for hire, such as display boards. There is a small charge for these.

In 2009 BCHRC secured a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to develop as a Local History Centre, and the volunteers worked closely with staff from Shropshire Archives to identify materials and resources relating to the Bishop’s Castle area that would enable them to help visitors with their family history or social history query. These resources include parish registers, tithe maps, electoral rolls, census returns and other

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Shropshire Signpost 2014  
Shropshire Signpost 2014  

2014 edition of the Shropshire Signpost - full of colourful features and ideas of places to visit in Shropshire.