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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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Fourth generation at Canal Cruising Company

Canal Cruising Company

It’s the oldest hire boat operator in the UK and now the fourth generation of the Wyatt family have started working at Canal Cruising Company in Stone. Kimberley and Dominic Wyatt – the children of owners Peter and Karen – both started working at Canal Cruising Company this year – Dominic as an engineer, Kimberley in sales and marketing. The business, ...

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Great War multimedia exhibition goes on tour

Great War

A new multimedia exhibition that commemorates the Great War and life on the Home Front in Staffordshire through poetry and film is set to tour the county. ‘14’ documents the story of Staffordshire’s role during the First World War and includes a series of short films inspired by poems written by Staffordshire’s former Poet Laureate, Tom Wyre. Visitors will get the chance ...

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