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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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St. Michael and St. Wulfad’s Heritage Day

Heritage Day

St. Michael and St. Wulfad’s Church are holding another of their popular Heritage Days  on Saturday 1st October from 10am to 4pm. There’ll be the chance to have a guided tour of  the church and, weather permitting, for those with a head for heights to climb the tower, whereupon they’ll be rewarded with a spectacular view of the town from ...

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Staffordshire libraries get Great War puppy book exclusive

Staffordshire Libraries are telling the tale of “Freda – The Anzac Puppy” this September and October as part of the Staffordshire History Festival.  ‘Freda – The Anzac Puppy’ by author Peter Millett is the story of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade’s mascot, an adopted Harlequin Great Dane, who trained with the unit on Cannock Chase during WW1. Now, following a ...

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History message in a bottle

A collection of old glass and stoneware bottles discovered during excavations at Norton Bridge have gone on display. The late 19th and early 20th Century bottles were found as part of works to create a flyover on the railway line at Norton Bridge, and are on display at Stafford’s Ancient High House. The collection has been added to the Marson ...

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Stone Historical and Civic Society Meeting Dates

Stone Historical and Civic Society Meetings for the season September 2016 to June 2017   Wed. 21st September 2016     Steve Booth – “How life in Stone was affected by the War-time events of 1916” Wed 19th October 2016           Margaret George – “The Butcher, Baker and Adulterer” Wed 16th November 2016       David Hulse – “Built in Staffordshire: The engine That changed ...

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Commemoration of the Battle of the Somme

Staffordshire will be commemorating the historic Battle of the Somme with a free screening of the film made in its honour. The Shire Hall Gallery in Stafford will be showing ‘The Battle of the Somme’ to mark the day of one of the Great War’s most decisive and bloody battles. The film was seen by 20 million people in Britain ...

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