DiaryDate – Staffordshire’s role in the Great War

640px-royal_irish_rifles_ration_party_somme_july_1916.jpgPeople interested in Staffordshire’s role in the Great War are invited to find out more at a free event.

The Great War conference will explore the county’s role during the war and look at life on the home front.

Professionals and local history groups will share their knowledge with each other.

Guest speakers, including Dr Emma Login from Historic England and Ian Hook from the Imperial War Museum, will be sharing their researches and thoughts about different aspects of the war.

Gill Heath, Cabinet Member for Communities at Staffordshire County Council, said:

“This is a particularly poignant year as we are commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Great War and we’re pleased we’ve been able to put this exciting event on.

“Staffordshire played an important role during the Great War, from the half a million men trained on Cannock Chase to the work of those who remained on the home front doing their bit for the war effort. It’s a great opportunity to find out more about how the war affected the county, and to meet other local history groups and hear about their own research projects.”

The conference is being held at Staffordshire County Council’s County Buildings, Martin Street, Stafford on Saturday 10th March from 10am to 4pm.

To book your place at the conference or for more information visit www.staffordshiregreatwar.com or e-mail susan.dalloe@staffordshire.gov.uk.