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

September 12, 2018

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 museum services will take place over September and October.

Exhibitions, historic walks and talks, heritage open days, family history sessions and children’s activities will all be on offer to help people celebrate the county’s rich heritage.

Libraries Chief at Staffordshire County Council, Gill Heath said: “As a county steeped in history, from the Staffordshire Hoard, wonderful buildings like Lichfield Cathedral to the industrial revolution this is sure to be a wonderful celebration of our fascinating past.

“Whether you’re interested in touring one of our historic buildings, finding out about your family tree or community’s history, there will be something for you.

“It’s wonderful to see our libraries playing such a key role in the festival, helping people discover the fascinating stories about the places where they live.  I would certainly encourage people to see what’s happening in their local area.”

Staffordshire’s libraries also hold a range of useful material, such as newspapers, trade directories and parish registers. Some libraries also have collections of local photographs and people can get free access at all library computers to Find My Past and Ancestry Library Edition.

At Tamworth Library on Monday 8th October from 2.30-3.30pm visitors can see ‘Telling the Tale of the Tame’. Hear the stories of the Tame Valley Wetlands recently collected from local residents by HistoryNeedsYou and watch a short film.

A full list of Staffordshire History Festival events taking place in each district is available at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/libraries.  Booking is essential for some events and can be made at the venue or through the library.