Norfolk Archaeological Trust blog

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The conservation of archaeological sites in Norfolk is obviously the prime aim of the Trust. But once we have acquired and conserved a monument, how can we bring these sites ‘alive’ for local people and visitors alike?

On the power of objects

‘Did you find any treasure?’ is often the first question visitors will ask about an excavation.

Do you come here often?

And what would you say if someone asked you to give the main reason for your visit to a Trust site? During the summer last year a number of Trust volunteers kindly dedicated some of their time to carrying out visitor surveys which sought the answers to these kinds of questions.

Can Twitter be serious?

‘Twitter’ sounds frivolous and trivial but this belies its potential as an academic resource.

Tudors out, Romans in - the unforeseen consequences of curriculum change

A recent headline in the Daily Mirror read ‘Henry VIII's life ruined by Michael Gove as National Curriculum changes bite’. This attention-grabbing statement refers to recent changes made to the delivery of history in schools.

On heritage still at risk

Recently published statistics on the number of scheduled monuments at risk nationally serve as a sharp reminder of why we are lucky that the Norfolk Archaeological Trust exists.

On interpretation – a never ending story

During September the final touches were being made to the design of the new interpretation scheme at Caistor Roman Town, ready for production.

On how calcium carbonate at historic sites helps wildlife thrive

A magical visit to Warham Camp last month reminded me of the significance historic sites can have in providing micro-habitats for flora and fauna.

On community archaeology

This month I was lucky enough to spend a week at the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project (SHARP) in north-west Norfolk.

On how local volunteers make a difference

The term ‘community engagement’ is often used by heritage organisations to describe a principal aspiration for their sites – but what does it mean?


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