December edition of the Staffordshire Archives & Heritage Update

Staffordshire Archives and Heritage
Old Father Christmas


Welcome to the Christmas e-newsletter from the Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service. 

This months edition has a distinctly seasonal flavour with our staff going out and about to events around the county.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our users for their continued support and interest over the last year and to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy and peaceful 2018.


6th Battalion The South Staffordshire Regiment

Beating the Winter Chill, 1915

A chilly winter picture from a new accession, a regimental diary and scrapbook of the 6th Battalion the South Staffordshire Regiment, part of the Territorial Army (originally raised in 1860 as the 4th Battalion, Staffordshire Rifle Volunteers). This photograph shows the issue of winter kit before the march to the trenches near Armentieres in March 1915. The scrapbook also includes aerial photographs and trench maps (7576).

Christmas lights and tree

Christmas Out and About with the Archives and Heritage Team

Rachel, Melanie and Natalie have been busy getting out with our collections to Christmas themed events. These 1950s Pifco Christmas lights have proved to be very popular together with this 1940s Christmas tree!  

On 26th November they visited Colton Village Christmas Fair where there was a great community feel and even Father Christmas visited. The Victorian Christmas card facsimiles (taken from a scrap book in the Stafford Record Office) were also a big hit. One visitor commented that they have a similar tree at home. "I’ll never get rid of it, mine had goose feathers!" 

The team went to Northfields Village Centre in Stafford on 2nd December where there was a wonderful mix of Stafford locals and the centre residents. Visitors and residents alike enjoyed reminiscing over the objects and looking at the photographs of the Stafford shoe making industry. Stafford’s Salvation Army brass band were there too which added to the wonderful atmosphere and general cheer of the day. One person still uses their 1950s tree lights, although "they bubble inside when they get too hot so we can only have them on a little while!"’

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