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Libraries in Lichfield and Burntwood are set to commemorate the start of World War One with a series of events. Exhibitions, talks and shows will take place as part of Local Community History Month. They include:
  • Tommy at Gommecourt, a talk by Alan Higgins – Burntwood Library and Shenstone Library on September 1.
  • Ting Tang Theatre WW1 family show – Burntwood Library and Lichfield Library on September 6.
  • Great War Recruit Training, a talk by Dave Dunham – Lichfield Library and Shenstone Library on September 9.
  • A talk by archivist Andrew George on historical sources in the record office – Lichfield Library on September 16.
  • An ancestry taster session – Shenstone Library on September 16.
  • The Heroic Tales of Women during World War One, a talk by Julie Ann Cooper – Burntwood Library and Lichfield Library on September 18.
  • JRR Tolkien and the Great War, a talk by David Robbie – Lichfield Library on September 23.
County councillor Mike Lawrence said: “We’ve been running events from our libraries for a number of years now but this year is particularly poignant as we are focusing on World War One as part of our centenary commemorations. “We have a wide range of activities planned throughout September, many centred on the war years, but others around different subjects and I would encourage people to get along to their local library to find out what is on offer. “We have a whole range of events taking place over the next four years to remember the county’s role in the Great War and to help teach future generations about the legacy of the conflict.” For more details visit the Staffordshire Great War website.


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