Category Archives: History and Heritage

Focus on Apedale: The Apedale Railway

At the moment, the Spotlight Team is fascinated by model railways. It is re-creating a Mainline layout which Heritage Associates photographed for Palitoy in the 1970s and would like to know more about the models shown in Apedale Railway’s photograph. Please contact the team at spotlightstoke@talktalk.net if you can give it more information.

Focus on Middleport: Middleport Matters Highlights 2018

Winter was hard in the Middle Ages 

A post by Sandra Alvarez on the Medievalists.net describes a Russian experiment to discover what life was like in the Middle Ages.

In this extract from her post, Sandra introduces her readers to the experiment. 

“In 2013, a medieval reenactment group set out to see what it would be like to survive a Russian winter in the Middle Ages. They selected one of their members, Pavel Sapozhnikov, to live on a farmstead, with only ninth century tools, clothing and shelter for six months as part of a project entitled, Alone in the Past.

“Once a day, Pavel would speak for half an hour into a camera to recount his day and share his experiences. The rest of the time, he was completely alone, with a monthly check-in to ensure he was still alive. His experiment provided a first-hand glimpse of the struggles people faced surviving the winter in the Middle Ages.”

To read Sandra’s post and learn more about village life in the Middle Ages visit Surviving Winter in the Middle Ages – Medievalists.net

Making space for the Wedding Present at Gladstone

NewsDesk: The Council for British Archaeology needs your help to grow stronger

The Council for British Archaeology needs your help to become a stronger organisation.

The council wants to know what you think about it and invites you to take part in a short survey that will only take a few minutes to complete.

You can take part in the survey either as an individual or as an organisation.

People taking part in the survey will have the chance to enter a prize draw and win a gift voucher for a spa day for two or its equivalent value in high street vouchers.

More information can be obtained from the Council for British Archaeology | Archaeology is for All

Diary Date: Gaslight & Wasters at Centre Space Spode

Diary Date: A Georgian Christmas at the Potteries Museum

Focus on Hanley: Winter Walks and Santa Dashes in Hanley Park

Winter birdlife in Hanley Park

The park is beautiful this time of year and is the ideal time to spot the array of birds we have in residence. If you are coming for a walk over the festive period you are likely to spot a huge variety of birds including kingfishers, robins, goldfinch, gold crests, tree creepers, nuthatches, jays, wrens, mistle thrush, great spotted woodpeckers, herons and the odd cormorant to name a few. It is also the ideal opportunity to see the development in the restoration works which are due to be complete by the summer next year…

To read more news from Hanley Park visit Winter Walks and Santa Dashes in Hanley Park

Focus on Tunstall: Do you have memories of Tunstall town hall and market?

tunstall-town-hall

Do you have memories of Tunstall town hall and market?

Did you work in the market or did you go shopping there with your mother when you were growing up? Can you remember the stalls that were in the market hall and the things they sold before it was regenerated at the end of the 20th century?

Spotlight on North Staffordshire and The Potteries is writing a booklet about the history of the town hall and the market.

If you have memories or old photographs of the market or the town hall which you would be willing to share with us, please email David Martin at daymar727@talktalk.net

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