Staffordshire Library and Information Service - Exploring Your Past with Local and Community History Month

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Throughout September, libraries across Staffordshire hosted over 100 fantastic events and workshops on local and family history funded by a successful 2008 National Year of Reading reader development bid. Events were targeted at celebrating the importance of community cohesion, the promotion of citizenship, local identities and fostering a sense of place and to raise the profile of Staffordshire Library and Information Services.

A clear link was made in publicity and displays with the National Year of Reading Campaign, in particular the September theme – ‘You are What you Read’ with targeted stock displays and promotions for adults and children.

Local and Community History Month booklet

Events ranged from high profile open days, Viking, Roman, Victorian era re-enactment events and the Mobile Museum for visiting classes, local history walks and history talks to Ancestry Library Edition taster sessions, reminiscence with day care attendees, craft workshops and themed stock displays in all libraries across the County.

The Viking Longship Experience

Library staff worked in partnership with Staffordshire Museums Service and Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service, many local clubs and societies and professionals from within the culture and heritage industry.

This year LCHM was a tremendous success with over 3700 members of the public attending or participating in events. Feedback from attendees was fantastic; here are just a few examples:

“This was the best & most interesting afternoon I have spent for a long time. An excellent exhibition” - Cannock Library Local History Open Day

“Absolutely wonderful. A helpful, enthusiastic & talented tutor who enthralled us all” - Clay dinosaur workshop

"Fantastic experience –pitched at just the right level for children’" - Roman Soldiers

“A wonderful experience” and “better than extremely satisfied” - Castle Ring Local History Walk

"Dear Viking, today I loved the visit and the part I loved was when we grinded the flour. Thank you." - Viking Longship Experience

"A very interesting presentation on local born men in history. More please. Well done." - 150th Anniversary of trans-atlantic cable talk

"Excellent amount of information available. Staff extremely helpful."

"Very helpful staff. Good displays."

For further information about Staffordshire Library Information Service and other exciting NYR themed activities and events please visit

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