On connecting through time and place

Looking back over the previous year, as one inevitably does in early January, the stand out event for me was definitely the village pageant at Burnham Norton Friary in late September, when the audience was immersed in the stories of the Friary.  It was a real pleasure to be involved in an event which brought young and old together in a celebration of the history of this atmospheric site.

Another Imagined Land output has been the production of an anthology of writing produced during the project. This includes a moving short piece by a local resident, Katelin Teller, who sang in public for the first time in 35 years as part of the pageant choir. A month later, on a day off from a research trip, she was able to visit Mount Carmel in modern Israel, the original home of the Burnham friars. In her pocket was one of the small ‘pilgrim tokens’ that the Burnham Market school children had made and given out to the pageant audience. She found a spot close to the limestone caves where the monks once found shelter, and buried it in the white dust.

This kind of unexpected connection is one of the joys of developing community projects at our sites, which I can’t describe better than Katelin - she writes that 'Projects like "Imagined Land" help us to articulate and learn the stories that are the building blocks to our sense of place and identity. This project helped me to understand where the friars fitted in to the story of Burnham Norton, and when my hike down Mount Carmel to the sea ended with a picnic on a beach, not dissimilar to the North Norfolk coast, I felt how our living stories connect through time and place.'

The anthology is available to view on the project website – see the link on the Trust’s Burnham Norton Friary website https://www.norfarchtrust.org.uk/burnhamnorton

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News in Brief

Volunteering in 2019

We currently have a number of opportunities for volunteers in a variety of roles to support our work – these include school guides, tour guides, site stewards and photographers. For more information on how you could get involved please go to our current opportunities page: https://www.norfarchtrust.org.uk/volunteering/current-opportunities.

  • Saturday 19 January A Sideways Look at Underground Norwich. Matthew Williams (Chartered Geologist) NAHRG meetings take place at the UEA (Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre) at 2.30 pm (except in December, when they hold a joint lecture with the NNAS in Norwich Castle). Non-members are welcome to try a couple of meetings before joining (no charge) http://www.nahrg.org.uk
  • Saturday 5th January 2.15pm: Boudicca and the buried treasure. Adam Wightman, Senior Project Officer, Colchester Archaeological Trust. NNAS lecture. Town Close Auditorium, Castle Museum, Norwich. Lectures are free to all members; non-members are most welcome and are asked to leave a small donation. http://www.nnas.info
  • Wednesday 9 January 2019 7.30 pm Rethinking the Romans in Norfolk: 12 years of research at Caistor Roman town. Dr Will Bowden. Dereham Antiquarian Society. Talks are held at Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Theatre Street, Dereham, NR19 2EP at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated. Admission for each evening talk is £1 for members and £3 for non-members. Visitors are always welcome, with the fee payable on the door.http://www.derehamhistory.com