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Churnet Valley to Host Final Steamings for Hercules Locomotive

Churnet Valley Railway has announced that an agreement has been reached with the Dartmouth Steam Railway in Devon for the Locomotive former GWR 42XX no. 4277 “Hercules” for it’s final journeys. The local station will host the locomotive from mid-October until February 2018, but 4277 is nearing the end of her current 10-Year Boiler certificate, and will therefore be seeing out her final ...

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Rebellion at Stafford Castle

This weekend sees the Normans descending on Stafford Castle for a rebellion re-enactment. Sunday 20th August, re-enactment group Historia Normannis will be re-creating scenes from the early Medieval period. Witness the sights and sounds of the 11th and 12th centuries with sword play, music, dancing and games, Meet peddlers, peasants, knights and damsels. Enjoy a ‘hands on’ history talk and ...

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Slice of Local History Comes Under the Hammer

A Trentham Estate account book dating from 1871 is going under the hammer this Friday at a Staffordshire auction house. Cuttlestones’ Specialist Collectors’ auction in Wolverhampton on Friday, 11th August will feature the tome, entitled ‘Vouchers Trentham, Newcastle & Stittenham 1871’, contains accounts and receipts for rents, taxes, rates, gratuities, purchases and development works alongside lists of employees, receipts from ...

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Exciting New Plans for Staffordshire History Centre

Key partners and design team now on-board with plans moving at pace for a new multi-million pound Staffordshire History Centre. To be located in the heart of Stafford, the new £4m Staffordshire History centre will hold historical records and collections up to 1,000 years old. Along with a new community exhibition space, modern reading and search rooms and a packed programme of ...

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Ancient High House Hosts “Food Through the Ages”

The Ancient High House in Stafford is hosting a “Food Through the Ages” event, to learn about food and dining in the Tudor, Stuart, Georgian and Victorian periods. On Saturday 24th June from 10am to 4pm, the costumed characters will introduce visitors to tastes of foods from times gone by from, along with children’s workshops, table displays, demonstrations, and a ‘horrible ...

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Battle of the Somme Centenary Tour Unites Musicians

A live soundtrack for the original iconic 1916 Battle of the Somme silent movie will be performed next weekend which sees two orchestras team up. The acclaimed First World War film will only have a hundred international screenings taking place to mark the centenary year of the Battle of the Somme, with music and sound effects performed by a collection ...

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Staffordshire Celebration of Two Decades of the National Memorial Arboretum

The nation’s commemorations will be focused at Staffordshire’s National Memorial Arboretum, twenty years after the first trees were planted. The national centre for remembrance has over 30,000 trees and over 330 memorials, sited on 150 acres of former quarried land in Alrewas in Staffordshire. It includes the famous Armed Forces Memorial, dedicated in 2007 which honours members of the Armed Forces who have ...

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Swynnerton Roses Remembered

The annual Armistice Day lunch hosted by Landmarc Support Service and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), has been held in honour of the ladies who worked at Swynnerton Training Camp in World War II – fondly named the ‘Swynnerton Roses’ – and family members, along with apprentices that worked there in the 1950s, local residents, ex-employees, and the local police and fire ...

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Calling all historians!

If you have a love of history, here’s a chance to sit and chat with kindred spirits and to discuss the inner historian in you. On October 19th, Staffordshire Poet Laureate Bert Flitcroft is running a Creative Writing workshop at Lichfield library for historians. The idea is not to write a piece of historical fiction, but to explore your own ...

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