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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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Stone, the birthplace of Hovis


The story of one of Stone’s most famous sons – the creator of Hovis bread – was told on the BBC’s Victorian Bakers this week. The BBC2 programme – which sees four modern bakers plunged back into the world of 19th century baking – told the story of Richard ‘Stoney’ Smith and his invention at The Mill in Stone. Stoney’s ...

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Can you help with details of this Wheatsheaf cup?

Do you know anything of the history of this cup? It’s a ‘loving cup’ and was bought by chef Paul Gilmore, who runs ‘Gilmore’s at The Wheatsheaf’ in Oulton. The large, ceramic cup says ‘James Waring, Wheat Sheaf Oulton, 1816’. Was the cup produced for the opening of the pub? Was James Waring the first landlord? And why just one ...

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