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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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1940s nostalgia lined up with War in the Valley 2016

  The Churnet Valley Railway is getting ready for another nostalgic journey, as Staffordshire’s Little Switzerland gets transported back to the 1940s for one of the line’s biggest crowd-pullers – the annual war event which takes place for the 18th consecutive year over the weekend of 10th & 11th of September. Rebranded for 2016 as “War in the Valley”, the ...

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Festival offers chance to celebrate Staffordshire’s history

September sees the start of a major history festival across the county.  Staffordshire’s Libraries, Arts, Archives and Heritage services will be taking part in a two month celebration of local and family history and the county’s cultural heritage. Local people can choose from over 90 events, activities, exhibitions and other opportunities to engage with Staffordshire’s history and heritage. County Councillor ...

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Exhibitions to take Staffordshire’s heritage into local communities

People across Staffordshire will get a taste of the county’s fascinating history in two new exhibitions set to tour the county. The ‘Moving On’ project will include two themed touring exhibitions in 2017 and 2018, bringing to life the Staffordshire County Museum collections. The first exhibition will use toys, games, clothes, textiles and domestic items to explore and tell the ...

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Staffordshire Hoard secrets revealed 7 years on

After years of research, conservation, cleaning and reconstruction, secrets from the field of gold, where the Staffordshire Hoard was found, are still being revealed today. For centuries the largest ever haul of Anglo-Saxon treasures known in Britain lay untouched in a farmer’s field until the summer of 2009, when a metal detector enthusiast quite literally struck gold. In a month ...

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Norman re-enactment to commemorate Hastings anniversary at Stafford Castle

This year marks the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Stafford Castle is archaeologically important as one of the largest surviving Norman earthwork fortifications in England. The Norman characters will bring Stafford Castle to life with both social and military displays and demonstrations. This is a real ‘hands on’ event with something for all the family – so be ...

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Rare archives shed light on conscription during WWI

Stories of conscientious objectors and how bakers, butchers and farmworkers fought conscription are amongst a rare collection of Military Appeal Tribunal records being published for the first time. Conscription was first used by the armed forces in 1916 and those who sought exemption were brought in front of Military tribunals to make their case. After the war, the Ministry of ...

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