Local history events this week


Lichfield: it’s full of historical stories and hidden surprises. Why not explore them for free with Lichfield Discovered?

Kate ‘Cardigan’ Gomez from the wonderful Lichfield Lore is really going some with her local history group, Lichfield Discovered – in the next week they have two events, one of which is tonight, and on an appropriate Great War theme, with author Joss Musgrave Knibb.


Looks like a great book…

Monday 10th November 2014 7pm at Lichfield Heritage Centre – Lichfield Author Joss Musgrove Knibb will be talking to us about her new book First Lines, a collection of previously unpublished letters, written by four Staffordshire Regiment soldiers serving on the Western Front from 1914 to 1918.

While we’re on the subject of Remembrance and the Great War, local history rapscallion Peter ‘Pedro’ Cutler also flagged up the following went at Brewood on Tuesday night:

Brewood Library is offering a fascinating talk for Armistice Day – 11th November 2014.

Cannock Chase and the Great War:

Training for the Trenches and the Messines model – A talk from Principal Archaeologist Stephen Dean.

Stephen is also happy to answer questions on any aspects of Staffordshire archaeology, in particular the Staffordshire Hoard. Stephen was a member of the team of archaeologists who excavated The Staffordshire Hoard!

Tuesday 11th November 2014
Brewood Library
7:00pm – 8:30pm
£3.50 (£3.00 Library Members) Booking Essential as places are limited.
Tel (01902) 850087 for further details or to book a place

The second Lichfield Discovered event is next Saturday, and features a chance to get up close and personal with a hidden bit of Lichfeldian history. This looks to be a cracking way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Saturday 15th November 2014 2pm at Lichfield Gaol Cells (in the Guildhall) – Come and explore the city’s old prison, which has stood on this site in the Guildhall since 1548. We’ll also be attempting to locate and record graffiti carved by prisoners, so please bring torches and cameras.

Lichfield Discovered events are increasing in popularity, and I can see why; this is a collection of dedicated but offbeat local history enthusiasts who really know how to make their subject engaging and entertaining. And it’s absolutely free to attend. What’s not to love?

Please do attend, these will be great fun!

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