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No excuses for not knowing about county's rich history
Families throughout Staffordshire are being invited to delve into the past for a special event over the next few weeks. They are being encouraged to get involved in creative activities as part of this year's Staffordshire History Festival. The event, which is running online throughout September and October, has been organised by Staffordshire County Council's Libraries, Arts, Archive and Heritage Service. Themes for the history festival include the Battle of Britain, Life on the Home Front during World War II, the Staffordshire Hoard, Black History Month and Local Places & Legends. Activities available during the festival include videos, photo exhibitions, interesting facts, quizzes, crafts and activities for children. More information on these can be found by searching on social media for #StaffsHistFest. The 'Creative Explorers' programme is designed for children and young people and led by professional artists. Children are being encouraged to experiment with a range of activities to help them get creative and develop new skills while exploring the county's heritage.

Staffordshire History Project, Amelie Meredith
Creative Explorer Amelie Meredith chose a Battle of Britain theme

Victoria Wilson, Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture at Staffordshire County Council said: "Being creative can be great fun and is a great skill, and we're really excited about getting children involved in this year's Staffordshire History Festival. As well as getting hands-on with creative activities and making things, families will also get the chance to learn about the county's history and heritage throughout the festival. Over the summer, Creative Explorers have enjoyed making their own comics, silly selfies, hanging mobiles and fantastic beasts based on their favourite book characters. The Staffordshire History programme promises lots more exciting and fun ways to express young people's creativity and will keep them occupied and learning over the next two months." Staffordshire Creative Explorer Amelie Rose, aged 12, who followed the Battle of Britain theme, said: "I enjoy the different activities and thinking about how to be creative. I love experimenting with collage and photography and learning new things."

Staffordshire History Project, Victoria Wilson
Victoria Wilson from Staffordshire County Council

New activities will be posted on Saturdays at 10am throughout September and October with a special half-term online workshop on Thursday 29th October between 1pm and 3pm where people can take part and meet the artists behind the programme. People can find out more about the project, download activities for free and subscribe by email at
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Why? Learn about history in fascinating local project
When: Througout Sept and Oct
Cost: Free
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