Families from across Staffordshire are being invited to join two months of celebrations of the county’s fascinating past.

The 10th anniversary of the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard and the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of WWII are amongst the stories being explored as part of this year’s Staffordshire History Festival.

Taking place throughout September and October, more than 100 events have been organised by the county council’s libraries, arts and museum services as part of the celebrations. Exhibitions, historic walks and talks, heritage open days, family history sessions and children’s activities will all be on offer to help people celebrate the county’s rich heritage.

Gill Heath, from Staffordshire County Council said: “As a county steeped in history, from the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard to the county’s role in training soldiers for the Great War, this is sure to be a wonderful celebration of our fascinating past. Last year almost 7,500 people visited Staffordshire Libraries to take part in various events and once again it’s great to see such a packed programme again this year. It’s wonderful to see libraries playing such a key role in the festival, helping people discover the fascinating stories about the places where they live and work. So, whether you’re interested in touring one of our historic buildings or finding out about your community’s history, there’s something for everyone.”

Staffordshire’s libraries also hold a range of useful material, such as newspapers, trade directories and parish registers.  Some libraries also have collections of local photographs and people can get free access at all library computers to Find My Past and Ancestry Library Edition.

You can visit www.staffordshire.gov.uk/libraries or keep an eye on the Staffordshire Libraries Facebook Page or Twitter @StaffsLibraries for regular updates and events listings with the hashtag #SHF2019. People can also call into their local library to see what activities are available.