On trying something new in 2018

Over the last few years the Trust has been developing stronger relationships with groups of local volunteers who love and care for our sites. Some of these groups function as separately constituted organisations, such as The Friends of St Benet’s Abbey and Caistor Roman Project (CRP). Others volunteer directly for the Trust, as at Burgh Castle Fort. A new group which has grown out of the Imagined Land project at Tasburgh is planning to continue some of the activities started last year, including research, singing, and informal stewarding of the earthworks. These relationships with local volunteers are vital in supporting the Trust’s work to conserve our sites, and to make them more accessible to visitors. Developing these volunteer roles will be a priority this year – more news on that next month!

More immediately, some of you might have read the article in the EDP about Rhiane Keeley who volunteers for CRP [http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/love-of-archaeology-from-young-age-really-pays-off-1-5317119]. Rhiane’s story is a shining example of how volunteering can enable us to pursue interests and develop new skills which have the potential to enrich our lives at the same time as supporting good causes.

With this in mind, the Trust and CRP have organised free training in February and April for volunteers who would like to support school visits or lead guided tours at Caistor Roman Town. These informal workshops, based at Stoke Holy Cross, are designed to be engaging and interactive, and will provide opportunities to meet existing volunteers, and share experience. More details of the training, and how to get involved can be found on the news page CLICK HERE.

If you are thinking of trying something new in 2018, this might be the very thing!  

News in brief

  • Saturday 6 January ‘The Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic of Northern East Anglia: Hunter gatherer communities and the changing landscape c. 12,700–4000 BC’ Dr Lawrence Billington. NNAS lecture. 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
  • Tuesday 16 January ‘The sister of Seahenge: Bronze Age timber circles and trackways at Holme next the Sea’. David Robertson, Norfolk Historic Environment Services. West Norfolk & King’s Lynn Archaeological Society. Marriott’s Warehouse, South Quay, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE30 5DT AGM will start a 7:15pm, with a lecture, followed by the AGM). Members of the public are also welcome on payment of a small charge. http://wnklas.greyhawk.org.uk/
  • Saturday 20 January ‘The Priory and Church of All Saints, Lessingham’ David Stannard (Retired Business Lecturer and Local Historian) NAHRG lecture. UEA (Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre) at 2.30 pm. Non-members are welcome to try a couple of meetings before joining (no charge). http://www.nahrg.org.uk