An invitation to learn about Staffordshire’s role during the First World War

PEOPLE interested in Staffordshire’s role during 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, covering aspects including life on the home front, stories of conscientious objectors, the use of war memorials and the meaning of remembrance.

The day will bring together professionals and local history groups to share their findings, and historians will consider the differences between memory and remembrance, and look at what the legacy of the Great War commemorations will be.

Guest speakers including Dr Emma Login from Historic England and Ian Hook from the Imperial War Museum will also be sharing their research 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 will be held at Staffordshire County Council’s County Buildings, Martin Street, Stafford on Saturday,  March 10 from 10am to 4pm.  People can book or find out more at or by e-mailing [email protected]