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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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Staffordshire’s role in WWI explored at Great War conference

People interested in Staffordshire’s role during the Great War are invited to find out more at a free event. The Great War conference, entitled ‘Changing Times’ will explore the county’s role during the war, covering aspects including the role of women, community remembrance, the Weeping Window of poppies, and the latest research on Cannock Chase. The day will bring together ...

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Children get a taste of life on the home front in new arts project!

Children in East Staffordshire will get the chance to learn more about life on the home front during the Great War in a new exhibition touring the county’s libraries. The ‘Kitchen Goes to War’ exhibition now at Uttoxeter library, will explore why rationing was introduced during the First World War, how it worked and how families on the home front ...

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People urged to explore county’s heritage during Staffordshire History Festival

Families from across Staffordshire are being invited to join in a two month celebration of the county’s past. Historic buildings and landscapes, famous people, unique discoveries like the Staffordshire Hoard and the county’s role during the Great War are amongst the stories being explored during the Staffordshire History Festival. Over 140 events organised by the county council’s libraries, arts and ...

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Tolkien exhibition moves to Shenstone Community Library

People interested in celebrating the author of The Lord of the Rings’ and his links with Staffordshire will get the chance at a unique exhibition. This fascinating insight into the early years of JRR Tolkien, one of the world’s best-loved writers, and his time spent in Staffordshire, has already been seen by over 250,000 visitors since it launched back in ...

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Libraries celebrate as over 10,000 children take the Summer Reading Challenge

Over 10,000 children from across the county have taken part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. Now, Staffordshire’s library Service who ran the scheme are calling on children to make sure they finish the challenge and claim their prizes. As part of the scheme, The county’s 4-11 year-olds were challenged to borrow and read any six library books during the ...

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People urged to Staycation and explore Staffordshire’s magnificent canal network

With the summer holidays in full swing, families are being encouraged to explore Staffordshire’s extensive canal network and miles of towpaths. Boasting the most miles of canals amongst shire counties, waterways have been at the heart of Staffordshire ever since the great age of canal building. Today, it’s one of the prettiest ways to explore the county, providing a beautiful ...

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Centuries of life on Cannock Chase Retold in new exhibition at Stafford library

People interested in learning more about Cannock Chase’s fascinating history can now do so in a new pop-up exhibition touring the county’s libraries. Using the latest LIDAR and Aerial photography technology, the Chase through Time project has helped unravel over 2000 years of human activity across Cannock Chase. Amongst the discoveries are over 430 new archaeological sites, many of which ...

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