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Societies and Groups studying History in Staffordshire
and their activities

Other Societies & Organisations

Staffordshire History

Ceased publication in 2013

Published 1984 to 2013 (58 volumes)
Subject & Author index Vols. 1-32

Local Historians
and their Staffordshire areas of interest

(Are you included?)

Record Offices and Libraries

Dissertations - Essays
Treatises - Unpublished Papers  

Staffordshire Locality Index

Local Authorities

(Parish, Town, City, District, Borough & County)


Online Local History Papers

Castles, Halls & Museums




Religious Houses
(Locality, Subject and Denominational Index)

The Horse's Mouth
(Electronic links to primary sources such as Statutory Orders, Commission Reports, etc.)


(Journals, Directories, Maps & Newspapers)

County Fiction

Background Reading for
Local Historians

Contacts for this Website


Staffordshire People
of Note

Black Country Links

Fragments from the History of Penkridge - A growing history of Penkridge online by Bob Maddocks

Staffordshire Family Histories
(being created)

Newspapers - past and present

Other Links
Localities and Subjects including Family History Research

Staffordshire Home Guard

Victoria County History
Latest - Volume X - Tutbury & Needwood Forest area Review

Vol. XII - Leek & Moorlands
Vol. 1X - Burton-on-Trent

Database of the inhabitants of the Parish of Berkswich

Staffs Pasttrack


Local History Publications
being compiled



The Community Council of Staffordshire (a voluntary and charitable organisation established in 1953 but, unfortunately was closed in 2018) acquired this web site many years ago and we are extremely grateful to Julian Bielewicz for his unstinting energy in creating and developing the site that you see today, especially as he has been doing this from his home in Queensland, Australia (but does actually hail from Rugeley, Staffordshire in the UK!).  When the Community Council closed in 2018, this website was taken over by Bevan Craddock, who does his best to update it from his home in Penkridge.

This is a large and developing site devoted to Staffordshire's history (i.e. pre-1888 boundaries).  It is an important reference and information resource for researchers, both professional and amateur whose aim is to encourage Local History groups throughout the old historic county and to publicise their activities, meetings and achievements.  Hopefully, it will also increase individual group's membership and thereby encourage more people to study, learn and carry out research into Staffordshire's long and exciting history.

And, of course, the Staffordshire History Journal is also part of this family.  It was started 35 years ago in 1984 and its Editor, Dudley Fowkes (retired County Archivist), edited the Journal until 2013.  He was at the helm for 58 Volumes. Unfortunately, owing to illness, Dudley had to give up his editorship and so far we have not found anyone else to take it on.   It has played a valuable role in providing local researchers with an outlet for the product of their labours.
Chris Welch - Ex Chief Executive, Community Council of Staffordshire

It has everything that England has, including 30 miles of Watling Street; and England can show nothing more beautiful and nothing uglier that the works of nature and the works of man to be seen within the limits of the county.   It is England in little, lost in the midst of England, unsung by searchers after the extreme. 

Arnold Bennett:  The Old Wives' Tale


Kitchen 1764

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