Norfolk Archaeological Trust blog

On September's heritage free-for-all

September is the month of the national Heritage Open Days festival (HODs).

Reawakening the Ludham Dragon

If you visited St Benet’s Abbey in August you might have been surprised to see an intriguing willow sculpture of a ‘wyrm’ outside the Gatehouse.

A meeting of minds

It must be admitted that conferences can often be rather dry and stilted affairs - but a highlight for me in July was the conference on St Benet’s Abbey (held at the Julian Centre at the University of East Anglia) which wasn't like that at all.

How Brexit affects the Trust

Considering the current turmoil in our political system triggered by the result of the EU referendum, it would be perverse of me not to write about ‘Brexit’ this month.

Test pits – who knows what they’ll find…

One of the main strands of research in the ‘Burgh Castle Fort: Life outside the walls’ project will consist of carrying out a number of archaeological ‘test-pits’ around the village.

Burgh Castle Fort: Life outside the walls

The last month has been all about this Heritage Lottery-funded project which is starting now and will continue over the summer months until the grand finale in September.

Coming soon - a project near you...

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.


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