We’re excited to announce the dates for the NAT centenary exhibition which will be on display in the Long Gallery at the Norfolk Record Office (NRO) from 6th February- 31st May 2024.

This exhibition is a celebration of NAT, its achievements and those volunteers who have been, and are instrumental to what it does.  It also highlights the ongoing challenges and difficulties that NAT faces as a conservation charity. On display will be archive documents from NAT’s archive (which is held at NRO) archaeological artefacts which were found at NAT sites, from the Norfolk Museum Service collection, as well as copies of photographs from the Norfolk Historic Environment Record.

NAT was founded in 1923 by prominent local figures in the fields of archaeology and history to promote field surveys, organise excavations, research, record and preserve archaeological sites and finds. It was a time when the post-war drive for slum clearance, road widening, and other improvements were putting many buildings under threat of demolition. The exhibition will raise awareness of this early history and shed light on the lives of its founding trustees such as Basil Cozens Hardy and Ethel Colman. It will also focus on key periods in the organisations history such as the rebuilding of its bomb damaged sites after the Second World War and its refocus towards protecting rural sites from the 1980s onwards. We’ll also be raising the profile of some of our lesser known sites such as Bloodgate Hill fort, South Creake and Fiddler’s Hill Barrow, nr Warham.

It’s a real collaborative effort with NAT volunteers providing research for the different themes, and the Norwich Young Archaeologists’ club curating a part of the exhibition. All overseen by the Project team of Robin Sampson Project Archivist, Natalie Butler, NAT Director, Jess Johnston Project Manager, Jonathan Draper NRO Partnership and Development Manager, the NRO conservation team and design work by Nick Stone.

Look out for information on more NAT100 events coming in the New Year!

The Norfolk Archaeological Trust: Its Centenary and Beyond Project (NAT 100 for short) is supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.The project is helping Norfolk Archaeological Trust, in partnership with Norfolk Record Office (NRO), to celebrate its first hundred years and improve its resilience for the future.