Friary ruins at Thetford Grammar School
Castle Rising Church
Bishop Bonner's Cottage Museum, East Dereham
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Places available for NNAS members on NAHRG tour

This is a four-day coach trip to the Isle of Wight on 6-9 July 2019. Cost £400 for non-members of the group. The trip WILL be going ahead, but NAHRG would be happy with a few extra participants. More details and the booking form are available here as a pdf.

News from the 'Saving Samson' Project

On behalf of Norfolk Museums Service, I would like to thank the NNAS for your generous and essential support of the Saving Samson project with the Museum of Norwich. I am delighted to announce that the Saving Samson project, in association with Plowden and Smith, has been shortlisted for a national Museums and Heritage Award in the Conservation and Restoration category. We are naturally thrilled with this result and will keep you updated with how the awards progress. This continues a tradition of Norfolk Museums projects celebrated in the shortlists, although we are hoping this time for a win! We will find out whether we have been successful on 15 May 2019. We will aim to spread the news around further at the unveiling of Samson. Without your support this project would not have been possible. Thank you again for saving this Norwich icon for the people of Norwich.

Library move - help needed!

The library is now installed in the Norfolk Record Office and you are very welcome to come and use it.

The new bookcases and shelves are not the same size as in The Close, so we are arranging the collection in a different way. For instance, we have been adjusting the collection so that county runs are no longer split over several book cases and we have almost finished this reorganising. Each item in the library has its own number and shelf position as in The Close. Now they need to be updated not just on the website catalogue but also physically so they can be returned to their new positions in the NRO.

Since our appeal for help at the January meeting a few people have come to help and we are very grateful, but we would welcome more people to offer time when we are there, Monday and Thursday mornings, to help us do this since we cannot do this on our own. It does not have to be on such a regular basis but you would find it easier and more interesting if you could offer several times a month for instance. If you can help please contact me at librarian@nnas.info or at our meetings.

Thank you very much.
Judy Sims, Hon Librarian

Newsletter

If you have anything to contribute to the newsletter - reports on fieldwork, adverts for lectures, society news, etc. - please send it to the newsletter editor by the end of March for inclusion in the Spring issue or the end of August for inclusion in the Autumn issue.

December 2017 lecture video

The December lecture on Great Ryburgh was so popular that it was standing room only! Luckily for those who missed out, we've uploaded a video to YouTube, which you can access here.

2017 Excursion to Inverness

Some of Derek Leak's pictures taken during this event are now available to view online at our Facebook page. Click here to view them - you should be able to see this page even if you are not a Facebook member.

Next Summer

Council would welcome your suggestions for next year’s summer excursions – where would you like to visit that is normally closed to the public or otherwise ‘out of bounds’? Would you like the society to run day schools or other meetings in the summer? Send your ideas to our new Excursions Secretary, Margaret Gooch (excursions@nnas.info).

News from other groups

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Norwich Historic Churches Trust Lunchtime Lectures, May-July 2019

Take part in a little ‘bite-sized’ culture with free lunchtime talks exploring the history of Norwich’s medieval churches. Talks last around 30 minutes. Bring your lunch and grab a free tea or coffee in the beautiful St Martin at Palace. 15 St Martin at Palace Plain, NR3 1RW (Church opposite the Wig & Pen pub!).

9 May, 12.30pm – Dr Nick Groves, introduction to Norwich’s medieval churches

27 June, 12:30pm – Dr Clare Haynes, as church and museum: the remarkable history of St Peter Hungate.

18 July, 12:30pm – Dr Rob Knee, the story of Edward Fuller, Norfolk passenger on the Mayflower

Exhibition – Sacred &/or Secular: a heritage history of St Peter Hungate

An exhibition organised by the HERILIGION project, UEA, in partnership with Hungate Medieval Art, at St Peter Hungate, Norwich. Mid April to Late October.

This exhibition tells two stories. The first is the remarkable history of how a small city church was saved from destruction by local people, eventually to be re-purposed as a ground-breaking museum, and subsequently a centre of medieval art. Members of the NNAS have played a significant role in this history. For example, they were instrumental in saving St Peterís from demolition in the 1900s, and again in it becoming the first ecclesiastical museum in the country in 1933.
The second story it tells is an open-ended one, an enquiry into what happened to the religious and sacred nature of the building when it stopped being a church and began to function as a heritage site. Four contemporary art shows featuring work specially commissioned by the HERILIGION project at UEA (www.heriligion.eu) will respond to this question, offering the visitor the opportunity to consider how the religious, the sacred and the secular might be related, not just at St Peter Hungate but in all churches that have been re-purposed.
Please do keep an eye out for further notices of the exhibitions and the accompanying programme of events.
Enquiries: Dr Clare Haynes FSA, C.Haynes@uea.ac.uk

Breckland Society

Volume 1 of the Journal of Breckland Studies was published in 2017 and is freely available online here. Volume 2 will be published in June 2018. A pdf flyer with more details can be downloaded here.

Events this Autumn/Winter

Winter lecture series

Most local societies have now published their lecture programmes. For details, visit the Federation of Norfolk Archaeological and Historical Organisations website.

CBA's Home Front Legacy Project

The Home Front Legacy project helps local communities find out about, and map, the remains of the First World War, and raise awareness of the wide range of archaeology that survives across the UK. To find out more please take a look at the Home Front Legacy website where you will find out all about the recording app, be able to search the sites that have been recorded so far, access useful resources, and discover all the latest news and research via our blog. When you do get involved, please share your pictures and news about what you have been doing on our social media sites.