On what we do

What does the Norfolk Archaeological Trust do?

That is a question I’ve been asked many times since I took up my new role as Director of the Trust. My answer is that the Trust has been quietly acquiring, protecting and conserving sites and buildings of archaeological and historic interest in the county for over 90 years. 

Early successes included saving significant buildings from demolition such as Pykerell’s House, Norwich (one of the few thatched houses still left in the city); Greenland Fishery, Kings Lynn; and Bishop Bonner’s Cottage, Dereham -  despite setbacks caused by fire and bomb damage during the Second World War.

During the 1980s the Trust focused on archaeological sites in rural areas that were under increased threat from levelling and ploughing. As a result, we currently manage some of Norfolk’s most significant archaeological sites, including Caistor St Edmund Roman Town near Norwich; Burgh Castle Roman Fort near Great Yarmouth and St Benet’s Abbey, near Ludham.

All the sites managed by the Trust are open to the public for no charge during daylight hours, and interpretation has been installed to enable visitors to understand the story of each place. Despite this, the Trust remains an unknown quantity for many people. 

I’m hoping that over the next few years this will change. In future there will be more opportunities for local people to get involved in helping the Trust to manage and conserve a site that they treasure. This could range from generally keeping an eye on a place during your daily walk with the dog, to more practical conservation work such as clearing scrub or mending steps. Other opportunities to get involved might include wildlife and molehill surveys, training to be a visitor guide, helping with school visits or organising events.

Now you've visited our website, I hope you'll take some time to explore all the information and stories to be found here about our sites. And if you would like to know more about how to get involved at a Trust site near you please do get in touch: carolinedavison@norfarchtrust.org.uk