Arts society donates book on Shropshire country houses to county libraries



David Franklin with Arts Society Fellow Phoebe Nattrass

Gareth Williams, curator at Weston Park, recently published The Country Houses of Shropshire with Boydell Press. Members and guests of the Arts Society Wrekin enjoyed a virtual conference on Zoom in on the Book earlier this year.

They heard about some of the 347 homes featured and some of the fascinating stories about the owners and their families, their artistic tastes and estates. It has 760 pages, 690 illustrations and represents 25 years of Gareth’s research.

The Arts Society Wrekin wanted its members and the general public to have access to the book and therefore donated six books to benefit the local community.

David Oxtoby presenting the book to Anwen Arthur, library assistant in Bridgnorth

It can be found in the “Reference” section of the libraries in Albrighton, Bridgnorth, Newport, Wellington and also in Brewood and Tettenhall.

Society members wanted other people to be able to access the book and all of its wonders, said David Franklin, who recently stepped down as president of The Arts Society Wrekin but had worked on the project.

He said: “Gareth Williams, curator at Weston Park, recently gave a stunning talk on his recent book, The Country Houses of Shropshire, to 140 members and guests of the Arts Society Wrekin via Zoom.

Gareth gave his time for free, but we asked for donations. After making a substantial donation to the Weston Park Foundation for educational purposes, we chose to donate copies of the book to several local libraries, to enable all locals will enjoy this exceptional book. And you never know, it might even inspire more people to join The Arts Society Wrekin! “



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