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Outdoor family activities in the Trent Valley

It’s Autumn, the leaves are changing, acorns are falling and spiders are seeking sanctuary in our houses - well trying to!

It’s time for me to unearth my woolly hat, my wellies, and pack a spare pair of socks in my work bag. As Wildchild Officer, I will be in the Trent Valley landscape delivering fun, nature-themed events this October.

The Wildchild project is dedicated to providing events for families to engage with nature on their doorstep. These events provide great opportunities to learn about wildlife, be creative and work with natural materials.

Welcome back to Your Library

It has been fantastic to welcome so many of you back to our libraries as our phased re-opening began in July.

We re-introduced item requests from Thursday 1st October.

We also have ‘Grab and Go’ so you can pick up a pre-selected ‘lucky dip’ bag of books from your library.

You are still able to ‘Order and Collect’ titles as well.

You are welcome to browse in our libraries - our library colleagues will support you with this when you visit.

Archives Revealed - Scoping Grants

Application deadline:  11 January 2021 | midday


Fund Value: £ 45,000 | Maximum Value: £ 3,000 | The maximum grant available is £3,000.

Archives Revealed is a new funding programme from The National Archives and The Pilgrim Trust which supports the cataloguing of archive collections. It is the only funding stream in the UK dedicated to cataloguing and unlocking archives.

Joining the Concrete Dots

Have you ever seen a pillbox? If you’ve driven around the country the answer is probably yes. Many roads pass these little concrete bunkers left over from the wall.

Do you know what pillboxes are? Many of us know these were places for soldiers to shelter from gunfire while being able to shoot back.

Do you know why they were built? Often the clue is in the location of a pillbox, overlooking a road or abridge, even a river or railway; the pillbox would have been to stop the enemy from going any further.

Staffordshire’s Archive and Heritage Services to begin phased reopening

Staffordshire’s record office is preparing to reopen to the public from Tuesday 14 July.

The office, on Eastgate Street in Stafford will be open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for two weeks and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for a further two weeks, before resuming normal opening times from 11 August.  Saturday opening will commence from 22 August reverting back to one per month.

Staffordshire Libraries - Help us to Shape out Future

Staffordshire Archives & Heritage and the William Salt Library are working in partnership to create and deliver the new Staffordshire History Centre.

The project will transform the way the public engage with our services, our collections and create an exciting new visitor experience. We are interested in learning more about your personal experiences of Staffordshire Archives & Heritage (both in person and/or online), as well as some more information about how you spend your leisure time in general.