Norfolk Archaeological Trust blog

Exploring the earth beneath our feet

Why do we love to explore the lives and places of people from the past?

On getting your hands dirty

It’s nice, once in a while, to get your hands dirty in the pursuit of the Trust’s conservation aims.

Looking in from the outside

Much of the Trust’s day to day work focuses on the local: local history, local communities and local management. In research and interpretation of our sites we often set them in a county or East Anglian context, although our most significant sites such as Burgh Castle Fort, Caistor Roman Town and St Benet’s Abbey fit readily within familiar national narratives concerning power, religion and culture. But it is less common for us to stand back and look at our sites from a global perspective. What do our Roman sites and ruined monasteries signify to visitors from Japan, for example?

Imagining the land

One of the main benefits of projects like ‘Imagined Land’ is the way they bring together research, resources – and people - that are out there in the community but have not necessarily been brought together in one place for exploration, discussion and connections. Last month I had the privilege of meeting up with Drs Helen Clarke and Sally Francis who both have research interests in the Friary.

New Year – new project!

Today sees the start of the Trust’s new Heritage Lottery funded project ‘Imagined Land’, which, over the next two years, will explore and celebrate two of the Trust’s sites that sit at the heart of communities: Tasburgh and Burnham Norton.

On the intricacies of change

During the autumn, repair works were carried out to the banks of the River Tas at Caistor Roman Town. For me, this small project illustrates well the complexity of managing change at our archaeological sites.

News update

No blog this month - but plenty of lectures and events to participate in, including a free conference for members on Caistor Roman Town

On September's heritage free-for-all

September is the month of the national Heritage Open Days festival (HODs).

Reawakening the Ludham Dragon

If you visited St Benet’s Abbey in August you might have been surprised to see an intriguing willow sculpture of a ‘wyrm’ outside the Gatehouse.

A meeting of minds

It must be admitted that conferences can often be rather dry and stilted affairs - but a highlight for me in July was the conference on St Benet’s Abbey (held at the Julian Centre at the University of East Anglia) which wasn't like that at all.

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