Onwards & Upwards: creating a sustainable future for the Norfolk Archaeological Trust

The Trust has a long and illustrious history – almost one hundred years - of conserving monuments at risk in Norfolk. During this period it has adapted the way it operates several times, to respond to new situations thrown up by changes in national policy, legislation and funding.

Currently, the challenge of possibly reduced funding after Brexit, plus the opportunities arising from increasing volunteer support,  require us to think about innovative ways to sustain our current work and to care for additional monuments at risk in the future. Last autumn we submitted an application for support from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Resilient Heritage programme  - and I’m very glad to report that the application was successful!

The grant of £178,500 will fund the research and development the Trust needs to continue caring for Norfolk’s archaeological sites into the future. The ‘Onwards & Upwards’ project will enable the Trust to work closely with external consultants to research and review potential new sources of income, and develop a sustainable 10-year Business Plan.

In addition, a full-time Volunteer Co-ordinator post, and a part time Rural Sites Manager post will be created to support implementation of the project between April 2018 - October 2019.  

One of the first pieces of work will be an audience survey to find out more about who already visits our sites and why they come – so expect to see people with questionnaires at some of our sites during the summer. If you already support the Trust through volunteering activities the new Volunteer Co-ordinator will be in touch over the coming months, and new opportunities will be created for getting involved in our work. Other developments will be reported via this blog and the Trust’s newsletters as we go along.

The project marks the beginning of an important transitional phase in the Trust’s mission to care for some of Norfolk’s most significant heritage sites – exciting times!

News in brief

Onwards & upwards project: Recruitment opportunities

The roles of Volunteer Co-ordinator and Recruitment Officer; Rural Sites Manager; and consultancy contracts in the fields of Heritage, Tourism and Planning will be advertised on the news page of this website, and through national agencies, during February.

Training opportunities at Caistor Roman Town

Some places are still available for free training on leading school visits and guided tours at Caistor Roman Town, in partnership with Caistor Roman Project:

  • Friday 16 February AND Friday 23 February 2018 11.00am-4.00pm: Leading school visits. Course leader: Kate Argyle Local Heritage Education Manager Historic England. Venue: St George’s Hall, Long Road, Upper Stoke Holy Cross, Norfolk, NR14 8ND
  • Saturday 21 April AND Saturday 28 April 2018 10.00am-4.00pm: Guide training Course leader: Stewart Alexander, Storyline designs. Venue: St George’s Hall, Long Road, Upper Stoke Holy Cross, Norfolk, NR14 8ND. 

These training sessions are free, but booking is essential. For more information, and to book, email info@norfarchtrust.org.uk

Imagined Land at Burnham Norton workshops

  • Saturday 3 March 11 to 4 pm INTRODUCTION TO HISTORICAL RESEARCH Aimed at helping people to begin their own local historical research
  • Saturday, 17 March 11 to 4 pm RESEARCHING AND WRITING LOCAL HISTORY: METHODS AND SOURCES Looking at the availability of sources relating to Burnham Norton, and offering help and practical advice on how to use them

These workshops are free, but booking is essential – for further info please go to the project website https://sites.google.com/site/burnhamnortonimaginedland/training-and-events


  • Saturday 3 February ‘People, landscape, and economy in the Anglo-Saxon fenland’. Dr Susan Oosthuizen (Cambridge University) NNAS Lectures begin at 2.15pm at the 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
  • Saturday 10 February ‘The History of Redgrave Park’ Tim Holt-Wilson. 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
  • Tuesday 20 February 7.30pm ‘The Late Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic of West Norfolk in context’. Lawrence Billington, University of Manchester. West Norfolk & King’s Lynn Archaeological Society. Marriott’s Warehouse, South Quay, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE30 5DT. Members of the public are welcome on payment of a small charge. http://wnklas.greyhawk.org.uk/