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Mini Publications

This is a new series of booklets from the Archive Service, each focusing on a particular aspect of Staffordshire's history, as reflected in the collections.

Please return to the main publications page for an explanation of postage and packing charges. 

Mini-publications, details and prices

Seals - How they were made and used

This book looks at the fascinating history of seals, what they were made from and how they were used, from the Great Seals of monarchs to tiny personal seals for closing letters.  Featuring a wealth of original archive material, the booklet is fully illustrated in colour.

Format: A6 Paperback; Pages: 24

Publisher: Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service

£2.50

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Out of Darkness - Writing the Map of Anglo-Saxon Staeffordscire 

With the recent focus on Staffordshire's Anglo-Saxon past, following the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard, this book looks at the ancient kingdom of Mercia and the surviving Anglo-Saxon charters held by the Archive Service and William Salt Library.  The book features special sections on the Will of Wulfric Spot and local place-names.

Format: A5 Paperback; Pages: 28

Publisher: Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Servic

£2.75

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Private Lycett's Army Cookery Instruction Book, 1917 

This fascinating little booklet features facsimile excerpts from the World War I cookery book of Private Lycett, who was training to become an army cook.  Featuring dishes such as Sea Pie in a Mess Tin, Fish Cake Breakfast Dish and Golden Pudding, the book also contains notes about the daily rations allowed for each soldier and an interesting foray into the world of field ovens.

Format: A6 Paperback; Pages: 16

Publisher: Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service

£1.00

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Staffordshire Castle mini-publication

Staffordshire Castles

This provides a brief introduction to the history of seven Staffordshire Castles, using original documents to illustrate relevant holdings in the Archives. The castles examined are those at Alton, Caverswall, Chartley, Newcastle, Stafford, Tamworth and Tutbury.

Format: A6 Paperback; Pages: 16

Publisher: Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service

£0.75

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Prisoners at Stafford Gaol

19th Century Prisoners at Stafford Gaol

An introduction to the available sources relating to Stafford's prisoners, through a series of case studies and background information.  The booklet is fully illustrated.

Format: A6 Paperback; Pages: 16

Publisher: Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service

£0.75

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Home Front mini-publication

Staffordshire Home Front, 1939-1945

This booklet tells the story of Staffordshire's experience during the war, from air raids and evacuees to American soldiers and prisoners of war. Featuring original archive material, the booklet is fully illustrated in colour.

Format: A6 Paperback; Pages: 40

Publisher: Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service

£2.00

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Home Guard mini-publication

Staffordshire Home Guard, 1940-1944

A look at some of the varied sources held by the Archive Service relating to the organization and activities of the local Home Guard battalions during World War II. The booklet is fully illustrated in colour.

Format: A6 Paperback; Pages: 32

Publisher: Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service

£1.50

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The Fauld Explosion, 1944 

This looks at the tragic Fauld Explosion of November 1944, when an ammunition dump near Burton blew up with the loss of 70 lives.  Recently improved and expanded, the book is fully illustrated in colour and features much original material held by the Archive Service, as well as a central map showing the location of key sites involved in the accident.

Format: A5 Paperback; Pages: 28

Publisher: Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service

£2.75

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Great War  Camps of Cannock Chase

This is a short guide to the extensive camps which were built on Cannock Chase for military training purposes during World War I (1914-1918). Drawing on documentary and archaeological evidence, the booklet looks at the construction and use of these camps, and features original documents and images, maps and photographs of the sites today.  The booklet includes information about the New Zealand Rifle Brigade and the German prisoners of war who occupied huts at Brocton Camp, the camp railway, the Messines model, as well as life for those stationed on Cannock Chase and an intriguing glimpse into Army cookery.

Format: A5 Paperback; Pages: 40

Publisher: Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service

£3.99

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Staffordshire and the Zulu War

The Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 is one of the best known wars fought by Queen Victoria's army.  This fully-illustrated book looks at the links between Staffordshire and the War, through the unique photograph album of William Littleton, held today at Staffordshire Record Office.  Littleton was the private secretary to the British High Commissioner, Sir Henry Bartle Frere and was on the spot during the build-up to hostilities.  Using maps and reconstructions, the role of the South Staffordshire Regiment in the fighting is also examined.

Format: A5 Booklet; Pages: 24

Publisher: Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service

£2.50

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An Officer at Waterloo

This leaflet recounts the experiences of Lieutenant-Colonel Fredrick Ponsonby of the 12th Light Dragoons at Waterloo in 1815. Wounded early in the battle, Ponsonby lay helpless near the French lines, where he encountered a series of characters as the day wore on, including a chatty French sharpshooter, a plundering Prussian  and a lost British infantryman.  The original letter relating this well-known account is held at Staffordshire Record Office and forms the basis of this transcript. The booklet also contains a short biography.

Format: A5 Booklet; Pages: 8

Publisher: Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service

£0.50

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The Waterloo Campaign: Sources in Staffordshire’s Archives

A study of the decisive Waterloo Campaign in 1815 using a variety of documents held by the Archive Service that relate to this famous battle. Illustrated throughout in colour, the book features images of period documents, including eyewitness accounts and newspapers, engravings, maps and views from the battlefield today.

Format: A5 Paperback; Pages: 20

Publisher: Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service

 

£2.50

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Staffordshire Canals and their People

Fully illustrated in colour, this book looks at the Staffordshire canal system and the people who lived and worked on it through documents held by the Archive Service. It includes a table of construction dates and information on the Christina Collins case.

Format: A5 Paperback; Pages: 24

Publisher: Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent Archive Service

£2.50

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Crime and Punishment in Victorian Staffordshire Archive Pack

A fascinating insight into the world of criminals and justice in the 19th century, this pack features our publication 19th Century Prisoners in Stafford Gaol (16 pages), as well as various facsimile documents including broadsheets, reward posters, letters, printed lists of prisoners and an abridged replica of the “Dr Palmer” edition of the 1856 Illustrated Times.

Format: 1 x A6 booklets, A3 to A6 facsimile documents in plastic wallet with explanatory sheet

Publisher: Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent Archive Service

£5.00

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Staffordshire and the Great War Archive Pack

Ideal for anybody with an interest in Staffordshire’s part in World War I (the ‘Great War’), this unique pack contains our publications World War I Camps on Cannock Chase (16 pages) and Private Lycett’s Army Cookery Instruction Book (16 pages) as well as facsimile documents including British and German letters from the Front, Recruiting Poster, period Greetings Cards, images and a Medical Card which would have been attached to wounded soldiers returning home.

Format: 2 x A6 booklets, A4 to A6 facsimile documents in plastic wallet with explanatory sheet

Publisher: Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent Archive Service

 

£5.00

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Staffordshire at War Archive Pack

An ideal gift for anybody interested in local wartime history, this unique pack contains our publications Staffordshire Home Front (40 pages), Staffordshire Home Guard (32 pages) and The Fauld Explosion (16 pages) as well as facsimile documents including an identity card, Women’s Land Army leaflet, period telegram and ‘Dig for Victory’ posters.

Format: 3 x A6 booklets, A4 to A6 facsimile documents in plastic wallet with explanatory sheet

Publisher: Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent Archive Service

 

£5.00

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