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News

Our Dogs on Leads Policy

At this time of year, most of our sites have either sheep or cattle grazing. They are also home to ground nesting birds, and because of all of these factors we have always asked our visitors to ensure that they keep their dogs on their leads during these busy months....

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Burgh Castle Fort guided tours return

Burgh Castle Fort guided tours return

We are delighted to announce that our free volunteer led guided tours at Burgh Castle Fort resume on 4th July.  Running on Sundays at 2pm until the end of September, each tour provides a fascinating insight into the history of the fort.  Under Covid restrictions tours...

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Guided Tours resume for 2021

Guided Tours resume for 2021

Norfolk Archaeological Trust is delighted to announce that free guided tours have resumed at Caistor Roman Town and St Benet’s Abbey. Until 19th July tours must be pre booked under coronavirus restrictions. Tours last 45-60 minutes. Caistor Roman Town – Sundays at...

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NAT’s Director to step down in January

NAT’s Director to step down in January

Norfolk Archaeological Trust’s Director for the past six years, Caroline Davison, will be stepping down from her role at the end of January 2021 to pursue her writing career. Her connection with NAT began in 2012 when she project managed the community engagement...

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Hidden stories and mysterious soundscapes in September

Hidden stories and mysterious soundscapes in September

Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,000 organisations, 5,500 events and 46,000 volunteers. This year’s festival, which starts on September 11, will be a bit different, due to Covid-19. As the organisers...

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Caistor Roman Town : New Guide!

Caistor Roman Town : New Guide!

We are very pleased to announce publication of a new guide for Caistor Roman Town: Venta Icenorum; A brief history of Caistor Roman Town. In July 1928, an RAF aerial reconnaissance flight captured a remarkable series of images showing the streets and buildings of a...

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CBA’s digital Festival of Archaeology 11th to 19th July

CBA’s digital Festival of Archaeology 11th to 19th July

The Council for British Archaeology's annual Festival of Archaeology is back for its 29th year in 2020 offering hundreds more opportunities to get involved in archaeology across the UK -  but this year's Festival will be slightly different due to the current...

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Seen from above

Seen from above

This month Natalie Butler, NAT’s new volunteer co-ordinator, looks at St Benet’s Abbey from an unusual angle: 'One of the pleasures of my new job is reacquainting myself with some of Norfolk's most significant archaeological sites. Last week I visited St Benet’s Abbey...

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‘A feeling of belonging’

‘A feeling of belonging’

Over the past two years the Burgh Castle Almanac project, led by the Restoration Trust, has been supporting people who experience mental illness through a creative approach to exploring the history and landscapes of the Roman Fort. Before the coronavirus outbreak this...

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Events

Burgh Castle Fort guided tours return

We are delighted to announce that our free volunteer led guided tours at Burgh Castle Fort resume on 4th July.  Running on Sundays at 2pm until the end of September, each tour provides a fascinating insight into the history of the fort.  Under Covid restrictions tours...

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Guided Tours resume for 2021

Norfolk Archaeological Trust is delighted to announce that free guided tours have resumed at Caistor Roman Town and St Benet’s Abbey. Until 19th July tours must be pre booked under coronavirus restrictions. Tours last 45-60 minutes. Caistor Roman Town – Sundays at...

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Our First Ever Online Fete!

  The Norfolk Archaeological Trust is holding its first ever online fete on Saturday 13th March at 2pm on Facebook. The NAT Online 2021 Fete | Facebook We would normally run events and fundraising activities at our sites, but due to Covid-19 this hasn't been...

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Hidden stories and mysterious soundscapes in September

Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,000 organisations, 5,500 events and 46,000 volunteers. This year’s festival, which starts on September 11, will be a bit different, due to Covid-19. As the organisers...

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Coronavirus update: guided tours and school visits cancelled

In light of the current coronavirus crisis Norfolk Archaeological Trust has taken the decision to cancel our volunteer-led guided tours and schools activities which were programmed to start at Burgh Castle Fort, Caistor Roman Town and St Benet’s Abbey at Easter. This...

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Norfolk Archaeological Trust blog

Introductions

A big hello to everyone! Our regular blogs have been on hold the last few months whilst Natalie, our new Director, has found her feet. They are now back and we welcome you this month with introductions to the NAT team.   Natalie Butler – Director Natalie studied...

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Beginnings and endings

Beginnings and endings

As it’s January, named after Janus the Roman god of doorways, entrances and exits, beginnings and endings, and because I’m leaving NAT at the end of this month, it’s inevitable that I want to look both back and forward in this, my last, blog. Looking back over the...

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On the particular

On the particular

In the run up to Christmas it’s natural to reflect on the year that has passed, and to start plans for the future. As many of you know, I’m leaving NAT at the end of January, so it's been particularly poignant over recent weeks to visit sites for last inspections...

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On streamlining lumps and bumps

On streamlining lumps and bumps

The consultation period for the government’s Planning for the Future White Paper closed at the end of October. The stated aims of the proposals issued by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government are ‘to streamline and modernise the planning process,...

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‘bleated-into, grassy spaces’

‘bleated-into, grassy spaces’

Last month I visited Middleton Mount to carry out my regular site inspection and was accompanied by these inquisitive creatures. I’m always very happy to see the arrival of the sheep here in August when they begin their job of tidying up the long grass and smoothing...

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Hidden stories and mysterious soundscapes in September

Hidden stories and mysterious soundscapes in September

Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,000 organisations, 5,500 events and 46,000 volunteers. This year’s festival, which starts on September 11, will be a bit different, due to Covid-19. As the organisers...

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Access: finding a balance

Access: finding a balance

A phenomenon of the COVID-19 crisis has been a nation-wide increase in visits to outdoor spaces. This is reflected in the high numbers of people visiting national parks, city parks and beaches as seen on the news.  We have also seen increases in visitors to NAT sites,...

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Seen from above

Seen from above

This month Natalie Butler, NAT’s new volunteer co-ordinator, looks at St Benet’s Abbey from an unusual angle: 'One of the pleasures of my new job is reacquainting myself with some of Norfolk's most significant archaeological sites. Last week I visited St Benet’s Abbey...

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