Exhibition – You’ve Been Framed

An exhibition revealing Staffordshire Yeomanry history in framed photographs, paintings, textiles and manuscripts.

Like most museums, there is not enough room to display every item or object within our permanent gallery space. At the Ancient High House we hold some of our collections safely in storage. This temporary exhibition provides an opportunity for the public to see our ‘framed’ treasures for the first time.

This framed collection of photographs, paintings, illustration, textiles and manuscripts commemorate the raising of the regiment in the 18th century, to the Boer War, World War I and World War II Campaigns.

Visit the exhibition during the Ancient High House’s opening times.

Cross Stitch Bookmark Workshop

Come along to one of our drop-in workshops to have a go at making your very own cross stitch bookmark!

No Booking is required, drop in sessions available all day with our resident expert!

Cost is £3 per child and includes all the materials needed to create and take home your own unique Bookmark! Parents and Guardians will need to stay during the making

So put a mark in your diary for this fun event!

Stafford Heritage Trail

Take a gentle stroll around Stafford with our knowledgeable guide to see the town in a new light. Learn about the secrets of the buildings and hear about colourful characters from the past.

The tour will last for approximately 1 1/2 hours. Meet outside the Ancient High House at 10.30am.

Book your place by calling the Ancient High House on 01785 619 131 or by emailing info@historicstafford.co.uk

Exhibition – Beneath Our Feet: How agriculture and industry shaped a county

The history of Staffordshire has been shaped by the rich wealth of resources found beneath our feet. In this family friendly exhibition we explore the rocks, minerals and soils found below the ground, and how these natural resources have helped shaped the county we know today.

You can find out about the people who worked in coal mining, iron working, pottery making and other industries which have altered the landscape. Large areas of Staffordshire are still agricultural, but these too have undergone great changes.

The extraction of these materials and the pollution from industry have affected the environment, but much is being done to heal the landscape.

Featuring objects and documents from Staffordshire Archive & Heritage’s collections you can explore Staffordshire’s past and find out what lies under foot.

Visit the exhibition during the Ancient High House’s opening times.


Image: (P2002.003.0596) View of an open cast mine, pit head and slag heap at Berry Hill, between Fenton, Hanley & Stoke on Trent, 1937. (Staffordshire County Museum)

Embroidery Workshop

Join us in a relaxed environment for an introduction into embroidery. You will learn how to work with embroidery threads, thread a needle, tie a knot and attach a button, as well as learning some basic stitches. This is also an opportunity for previous workshop attendees to add to their stitch samples with some new decorative stitches.

All materials are provided, including a huge selection of thread colours to choose from. You will receive guidance from our in-house professional seamstress.

Embroidery and Sewing Project

Join us on a sewing and embroidery workshop, set over three sessions. During this time you will create your own embroidered handbag using traditional hand sewing techniques. Materials, refreshments and professional guidance will be provided. The three colours to choose from can be seen in the above image: white, purple or black.

All sessions must be attended in order to finish your project. Please book your place and confirm your colour choice by 9th March as no bookings can be taken beyond this date. Payments must be made in full by 13th April.

Workshop – Children’s Make a Viking Shield

The Viking hoard will invade Stafford Castle on the 10th and 11th of August 2024. Come along, watch the battles, learn about the Viking way and head in to the visitor centre to do a children’s workshop where you will design and make your own foam shield to take home! Use your knowledge of runes and Viking design to create a personal piece of art.

No pre-booking required, feel free to drop in 11.00 to 15.15.

Viking Re-Enactment

On August 10th and 11th, 10am to 4pm, Stafford Castle will be invaded by a Viking hoard. Setting up their village and carrying out their day to day activities, cooking, weaving, leather work and other daily chores. Word has it there might be some battles higher up on the castle site as they defend their new found lands. Six Towns Company of Archers will be there to help you learn the skill of archery to defend yourself.
We will also have a Children’s games area, free brass rubbing and if you fancy being a warrior yourself there is armour, swords and shields to try out.
A children’s workshop will also be on site.
Also we have face painting, food and refreshments on site, you are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy the view from the top of the site or sit in the main area.
Dogs are welcome as long as they keep their owners on a lead.
Feel free to enter the spirit of the day and come suitably dressed and keep looking at the page for updates to our line-up. This will be a fantastic day for adults and children alike.
We welcome pedestrians, cyclists, public transporters and taxi drop offs. Event admission is free, if you are driving to the site to park, the charge for the day is £5.

Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Spend an afternoon in our cottage garden, perfect for families to bring a picnic and enjoy all we have to offer. Garden games, our Teddy bear hunt, storytelling, magician, seed planting workshop and more.
entrance is free and car parking is £3 for the whole day.

Join us for a relaxed day. refreshments available but do feel free to bring your picnic and blankets to sit on in case the benches are full. Open from 11 till 4pm.

Wildlife at the Castle

With so many animals to see and interact with, plus local produce and suppliers, this is every nature lovers dream. Free children’s workshops around the site, cakes and jams, coin minting in the keep, live music from local artists and a trail around our excellent woodland. All this and lots more…