The Staffordshire History Festival will explore the county’s past> A Little Bit of Stone
People are invited to join in a two-month celebration of the county’s history and participate in an exciting program of online events and activities.
Taking place in September and October, the Staffordshire History Festival is hosted by the Libraries, Arts and Museums of Staffordshire County Council.
This year, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the festival will again take place mainly online and on social media, with a host of activities, videos, photo exhibits, quizzes and quizzes. ‘craft activities. Some physical activities will also take place, including exhibitions, lectures, study days and roadshows, where people can have their old documents scanned and saved.
Projects exploring the Staffordshire moorland women’s army, archeology in the spirit, the RAF Perton excavations and the Saxon camp at Tamworth Castle are among the topics of discussion.
The Staffordshire Record Office will also organize a series of study days on the history of gardens, climate change and the history of Victoria County. In addition, a new “A Case for the Ordinary – Staffordshire Asylums” pop-up exhibit will launch at Burntwood Library on September 20, before touring the county more widely in 2022.
Staffordshire Libraries will offer recommendations for history books, eBooks, eAudio and eMagazines available at local libraries. Local history writers, their books and how the county inspired them will also be featured throughout the festival.
The Ancestry Library Edition website will be available for library members to access home, as well as the online newspaper resource NewsBank; with some newspapers dating from the 1980s.
Staffordshire County Council Libraries Head Cllr Victoria Wilson said: “Staffordshire is an incredible county steeped in history and our annual festival is a great opportunity to celebrate and share it.
“For many people, the local library, as well as our Archives and Museums department, is the best gateway to learning more about family or local history. Our teams have worked incredibly hard to put together an inspiring program for this year’s festival. I urge people to join in the celebrations, keep up with social media activity, and take advantage of the great content available.
Other events include ‘Digital Drop-in’ sessions in Stafford’s Victoria Park, where Archives staff will be available to digitize documents and photographs of people to be added to the county collections and to the Staffordshire Past website. Track.
Director / producer Jason Young will also offer a Black History Month-themed program of animated films and audio dramas every Friday at 7 p.m. in October. The program begins on October 1 with ‘The Cato Street Conspiracy’, a story of love, politics and frustrated ambition and the attempted assassination of the Prime Minister in 1820.
For a full list of events and activities, check out the Staffordshire Libraries Service on Facebook and Twitter and the Staffordshire Archives Service on Facebook or Twitter.
People can also keep up to date with the festival by following #StaffsHistFest.