Madeley History Group




Dear friends,

We hope you’ve been keeping well and safe during this difficult period. 

Madeley History Group’s Management Committee have continued to “meet” via video conference during lockdown and we wanted to provide you with an update some of the decisions we’ve taken about the group’s activities and our response to the continued restrictions we find ourselves living under.  Under the current “Rule of 6” we cannot restart our regular Tuesday morning meetings or consider any public events.  The guidance and regulations may well change but none of us can predict how and when.  We have reviewed the decision we took in July to suspend all face to face activity until there was a relaxation in the need for social distancing and have concluded it’s the right thing to stick with this approach.   We will not therefore restart any face to face activities until there is a significant change in the need for social distancing.  Ours is a friendly group and even if we were permitted to meet, the need to keep at least one metre apart would make it logistically difficult and would not give us enjoyable and comfortable meetings.  We will keep the situation under review and when things change, we’ll do our best to let as many members as possible know. 

Please keep an eye out on notice boards in Madeley centre, Jubilee House, The Anstice and this webpage for further updates.

There are things we can continue even though we are not meeting.  When The Anstice reopened in February, Madeley History Group installed an exhibition of historic photographs of Madeley in the main corridor.  It was always the intention that we would refresh these images from time to time so the Management Committee has been hard at work finding eight new images on the theme of “Sports & Social”.  These will be installed in the next couple of weeks so if you are in The Anstice please do look out for them, you never know, you may recognise a face from the past…  We have also installed two new panels in the Library explaining some of the features of the building.

In all of this our primary concern is the health and wellbeing of our members.

For now, why not view our video of Grant having a coracle lesson – click the link:


Please keep safe.

Best wishes.


The Madeley History Group, previously know as The Madeley Living History project, was established as a charity in May 2002 (charity no. 1106774) with the intention to:-

  • To advance the public’s education in the local history of Madeley Parish; and
  • To preserve and protect the artefacts, archives and features of historic or archaeological interest in the area of benefit
  • To preserve for the benefit of the people of Madeley civic parish and of the nation, the historical, architectural and constructional heritage that may exist in and around Madeley civic parish in buildings of particular beauty or historical, architectural or constitutional interest.
  • To provide community facilities for recreational and other leisure and cultural activities in the interests of social welfare with the object of improving the conditions of life for the people of Madeley civic parish.

To deliver these objectives, its Management Committee was given a number of powers, which are set out in its constitution. The Management Committee meets on a quarterly basis and is currently made up of a mixture of representatives from various organisations:-

  1. not less than two and not more than nine community members elected at the annual general meeting;
  2. six nominated representatives from member organisations  appointed as follows:
  • Madeley Town Council:  two representatives
  • Telford & Wrekin Council: one representative
  • Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust: one representative
  • Madeley History Group – two representatives


Management Committee

Madeley History Group Management Committee is made up from a mix of community representatives and also representatives from local agencies.

The current makeup of the Committee is as follows:-

Community Members

Charlie Boyce
Grant Foden (chair)
Gillian Green
Alan Jones

Madeley History Group members

John Corrock
Dave Woolley

Madeley Town Council representatives

Councillor Sue Taylor
Councillor Robin Coates

Madeley Town Council officers also provide administrative support for Madeley History Group.


Activities and Contact

If you would like to find out more about the History Group please contact . You can view past minutes and reports of both the AGM’s and Management Committee meetings by clicking here

Active members of the group  meet every Tuesday morning at Jubilee House and have produced an ongoing series of publications covering parish local history.

New members are welcome, if you would like more details or to contact the group, please email John Corrock at: or call 07873 169 667.

Any local person can become a Friend of the Madeley History Group by attending the AGM. They are entitled to vote at the AGM and can put themselves forward as a Community Representative to sit on the Management Committee.

Madeley History Group runs an active programme of events, including presentations, photo exhibitions and guided walks.  The group also maintains a permanent display of historic Madeley photographs in the main corridor at the Anstice.

You can view old Madeley photographs on the new website set up by the Madeley Living History Project at

In May 2019 Madeley History Group decided to change its name from The Madeley Living History Project to reflect the wide range of work that it carries out.