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Welcome to our blog. Here you’ll find contributions from local historians and experts on the subject of Staffordshire’s involvement in the Great War, and on the commemorative events taking place throughout the County.

Staffordshire in the Great War : Reflections Conference 30th March 2019

Following four years of successful Staffordshire in the Great War commemorative conferences, the final event was held on 30th March 2019 in Stafford. The conference had time to reflect on the impact of the national and countywide commemorations with keynote speeches by Professor Stephen Badsey of Wolverhampton University and Professor Karen Hunt of Keele University.…

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Stone and Rugeley War Memorials

Richard Pursehouse and Ben Cunliffe explore the stories behind the Stone and Rugeley War memorials. Article published in the Staffordshire Newsletter 5th December 2018 Newsletter Stone and Rugeley war memorials (1) Newsletter Stone and Rugeley war memorials (2) Newsletter Stone and Rugeley war memorials (3) Newsletter Stone and Rugeley war memorials (4)

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Museum is New Home for Unique War Archive

A couple who have created a unique archive detailing the experiences of the 5th North Staffordshire Regiment during the First World War visited the Brampton Museum to talk about their work as they presented a limited edition copy to the Mayor. Levison and Janice Wood, from Blythe Bridge, have created a day-by-day account of life in…

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How the Great War Affected Staffordshire

  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…

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Penkridge Poppies

To mark the 100 year anniversary of Armistice Day, a community arts project has been launched called ‘Penkridge Poppies’. It is hoped that community groups as well as individuals might want to get involved by making poppies which will be used to create Penkridge’s own version of the Tower of London display, ‘Fields of Blood’…

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North Staffords Memorial Tapestry On Display at Potteries Museum

Read  the story of how Levison Wood rediscovered the canvas memorial, which lists the names of every man of the 5th Staffords who fell during World War 1.  https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/local-news/intricate-tapestry-celebrating-lives-965-2022854 The tapestry is on display at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery until 17th November 2018.  

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The Great War was neither futile nor glorious but a grim necessity

We must remember that the majority of Britons thought the First World War was worth fighting August 8, 1918 marked the beginning of the end of the First World War. At 4.20am Australian, British, Canadian and French infantry, supported by artillery of awesome power, and by tanks, aircraft and cavalry, attacked German defences near the…

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Wimblebury Bench

A new bench has been dedicated at the Wimblebury War Memorial. Read the article from the Bugle here Bugle Wimblebury Bench

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News Archives

  • Staffordshire in the Great War : Reflections Conference 30th March 2019
  • Stone and Rugeley War Memorials
  • Museum is New Home for Unique War Archive
  • Unseen archives reveal jubilant mood in Staffordshire town following the Armistice
  • How the Great War Affected Staffordshire
  • Penkridge Poppies
  • North Staffords Memorial Tapestry On Display at Potteries Museum
  • The Great War was neither futile nor glorious but a grim necessity
  • Wimblebury Bench
  • Tolkien in Staffordshire Touring Exhibition – Whys and Wherefores