St Benet’s Abbey: 1000 years!

2019 is the 1000th year since the foundation of St Benet’s Abbey – quite an amazing thought, and well worth celebrating. The Friends of St Benet’s Abbey (TFoSBA) are taking forward an ambitious Heritage Lottery-funded project this year which will explore the long history of the Abbey through talks, drama, sculpture, painting and photography.

As well as supporting TFoSBA in delivery of their project, the Trust will be marking this special year with a new image-rich guidebook, which will be able to reflect information and ideas about the site that came out of our Conservation Access & Community project 2012-2014 – such as the results of the geophysical survey - and the subsequent conference in 2016. We will also be holding an exhibition of images of the Abbey, to be held in Norwich Cathedral Library later this year – more news on this in future blogs.

There will be many ways to get involved in this once-in-many-generations opportunity! – see below for more information and also visit TFoSBA’s facebook page: St Benet's Abbey Norfolk Broads 

News in brief

  • Saturday 2nd March Sue Margeson Memorial lecture: ‘Archaeologies of the Norman Conquest’ Naomi Sykes, University of Exeter and Aleks McClain, University of York 2:15 in the Town Close Auditorium, Norwich Castle Museum. NNAS lecture. Free to members, non-members are welcome but are asked to contribute a small entry fee. No need to book.
  • Saturday 23 March ‘Augustus Jessopp:Norfolk’s Antiquary’ Nick Hartley (Retired economist and descendant of Jessopp) NAHRG lecture. Meetings take place at the UEA (Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre) at 2.30 pm Non-members are welcome to try a couple of meetings before joining (no charge)

St Benet's Abbey: 1000 years! events and activities

  • Tuesday 2nd April: Unveiling the Script Be among the first to hear the new community play to celebrate 1000 years of history. Come to The New Inn Horning 7.30pm
  • Saturday 6th April St Benet's History Discovery Day at Ludham Village Hall. Free tickets are available in local shops: Throwers of Ludham, Tidings Newsagent in Horning and White House Stores Neatishead. Speakers will include Julian Luxford, Professor at St Andrews University, and an authority on the gatehouse.  Details of other speakers will be displayed soon. 
  • Sunday/Monday 7/8th April Come and be part of the play! Drop-in for casting and crew for the community play, Sunday 7th: Ludham Village Hall 2.00 – 6.00pm OR Monday 8th: Mill Suite, Horning Village Hall 2.00 – 8.00pm
  • 9/13/14/15th June Community play productions 
  • Mid July - mid August Giant willow sculptures on display at the Abbey
  • 31st July Try your hand at willow weaving at St Benet’s Abbey with Withy Arts 10.00 – 3.00 pm
  • 3rd - 11th August Exhibition at St Catherine’s Church, Ludham.