How we operate

October 2007 the group held the first public meeting in Dawley House. The aim of the group has been to promote interest in the history of Dawley and the surrounding district within Telford. Working with other organisations in the community to plan events, research local history and support individuals researching family history and topics of interest in Dawley.

The objectives include:

  • Research into the history of the area
  • Organisation of events, walks, public meetings and exhibitions
  • Collect and publish information about the history of Dawley
  • Provide speakers for groups and schools

Building a good relationship with the Wrekin Local Studies Forum, Telford Library Service, Regeneration Partnership, Great Dawley Parish Council, the Dawley Heritage Project, schools and community groups in the area has been a vital part of the group’s activities. Links with the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, Shropshire Archive and Family History Society have also been developed.

We have organised events to celebrate the 100th year of the Captain Webb memorial in the High Street, organised commemorative services for the Springwell Pit Accident at Holy Trinity Church, held several public meetings and put together displays in venues in the area. We have planned a number of historical walks and worked with the Britannia Historical Society and Telford Steam Trust to organise a festival celebrating the history of the area. A member of the group has published a book on the history of First World war and the involvement of the people from the Dawley Parish in that conflict. A research group has been set up to record and collect information about various historic topics of interest to the community.  

We welcome new people to the group and any suggestions for planned events or topics for research.