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‘Staffordshire Remembers’ – Poppy display to commemorate the Armistice

Poppy Display at Staffs Library

A display of over 1,000 hand-made poppies is on display at Staffordshire Place as part of the county’s plans to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War. People from across Staffordshire have been using personal artefacts, archive material, photos, letters and objects to make poppies in remembrance of soldiers that have fought and died as well ...

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How the Great War affected Staffordshire

Horses harrowing a field

Urging women to ‘make’ their men enlist, the rising price of food and teaching children to milk cows to replace farmhands were all concerns in Staffordshire during the Great War. Life on Staffordshire’s Home Front, as detailed by Staffordshire’s County Council’s Archives Service and personal memorabilia belonging to its Leader Philip Atkins, can be seen to be increasingly concerned with ...

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County Council Agrees to Transfer Former Centre

Staffordshire Place

A former leisure centre building owned by Staffordshire County Council will be transferred to Newcastle Borough Council for a nominal fee. At the county council’s Property Sub-Committee meeting yesterday, members unanimously decided to transfer the former Kidsgrove Leisure Centre building to the borough council, together with a contribution of £363,000 towards the cost of demolition. The transfer—which is subject to ...

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Bravest of the brave remembered

Lance Corporal Bill Coltman

Created in 1856 by Queen Victoria and reputed to be cast from bronze cannon captured in the Crimea, the Victoria Cross is Britain’s highest recognition for bravery in the face of the enemy. During the Great War, Staffordshire men and those representing Staffordshire Regiments were in the thick of the fighting and their nation recognised their conspicuous courage. Here are ...

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From barren field to national memorial

Remembrance Sunday at NMA

Twenty one years after the first trees were planted at a reclaimed quarry, Staffordshire’s National Memorial Arboretum will take centre stage for this year’s 100th anniversary commemorations to mark the end of the Great War. Founded on 150 acres of former quarried land in Alrewas, the national centre for remembrance now has 30,000 trees and more than 330 civilian and ...

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New library, heritage and arts centre prepares for opening

A new £1.4m library and arts and heritage space in the centre of Lichfield will open in December. The investment in the former St Mary’s Church has opened up the ground floor to accommodate the library and tourist information centre, while the first floor will include a versatile gallery, heritage and performance space, as well as an access point for ...

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Staffordshire’s spookiest cycling routes revealed

Staffordshire’s spookiest cycling routes revealed Staffordshire’s cyclists can mix spooks with spokes this Halloween by exploring some of the county’s eeriest cycle routes. Criss-crossing Staffordshire are miles of cycle lanes and national cycleways all of which are used every day by the county’s cycling community. But some routes are shrouded in legend and ghostly encounters and can add a new ...

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History centre project misses out on HLF funding

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Plans for a new history centre for Staffordshire are to be re-considered following an unsuccessful bid for funding to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The new Staffordshire History Centre would have been located on Eastgate Street in Stafford and would have held the county’s historical records and collections. A bid for £3.9m towards the cost of the project was submitted ...

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Staffordshire to celebrate World Tourism Day

People are being reminded about the wealth of attractions just waiting to be explored in Staffordshire as part of the county’s celebrations for World Tourism Day. With a booming tourism economy worth £1.7bn and over 25 million visitors each year, Staffordshire continues to be a great place to visit and holiday. The county is home to two of  the UK’s ...

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