An essential component of this project is to build relationships within the community, particularly those who are invested in the preservation and promotion of Norwich’s built religious heritage. The city’s heritage organisations, clergy, parishioners, and historians have an intimate knowledge of their churches’ medieval pasts, and we value their input on how to approach our research and share our findings.
We extend our thanks to the Churches Conservation Trust, the Diocese of Norwich, Norwich Heritage Open Days, the Norwich Historic Churches Trust, the priests, churchwardens, parishioners, and tenants of the churches who have provided access to the buildings, offered knowledge and information, sometimes even much needed cups of coffee. Their support and interest in our work has been both encouraging and stimulating. Moreover, our Partnership Co-ordinator is regularly meeting with our current partners and is seeking new partnerships for the project.
If you would like further information on how your organisation can be involved in the project, please get in touch through our Contacts Page.
PARTNERS AND SPONSORS
AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellowship
The project received Cultural Engagement Funding to formally partner with VisitNorwich, the Norwich BID and the Norwich Historic Churches Trust to design an historic church trail for the Cathedral Quarter. This project ran from February through April 2016, with maps printed and distributed in early June 2016. Within two months, over 7,500 trail maps have been used by locals and tourists, and we have plans to print and distribute another 8,000 by Christmas 2016.
Norwich Historic Churches Trust
We’ve partnered with the NHCT on their successful Heritage Lottery Fund bid to host a medieval weekend–Flintspiration–30th April-1st May 2017. See the ‘News and Events’ page for more information on this weekend event that celebrates Norwich’s medieval churches and their heritage.
St Mary’s Works
We have received sponsorship from St Mary’s Works to produce a second medieval churches trail map, this time for the Norwich Over-the-Water churches. The trail will feature nine extant churches as well as a brief explanation of eight lost churches north of the river. As with the Cathedral Quarter map, we will also include information about the tenants and contemporary functions of these churches. Click here to learn more about the history of the site as well as development and regeneration strategies for St Mary’s Works.
The researchers are currently collaborating with Virtual Past to create digital representations of Norwich churches and the landscape.
HERITAGE AND CULTURAL TOURISM IN NORWICH AND NORFOLK
The Partnership Co-ordintor and researchers have made it a priority to offer the project’s resources to organisations that care for and promote the religious built environment in Norwich and Norfolk. Below are websites for organisations that have worked formally and informally with the project.
The Cathedral Quarter
Explore this page to learn more about this unique and vibrant historic business and religious district of the city of Norwich.
The Churches Conservation Trust
The CCT cares for St Augustine, St John Maddermarket and St Laurence in Norwich, and partnered with the project in 2015 to host talks during Heritage Open Days. Visit the website to learn more about the churches in their care locally and nationally.
Diocese of Norwich
Visit the Diocese of Norwich website to remain up-to-date on activities in churches in Norwich and throughout the Diocese. In particular, the site includes a “Find a Church” search engine that provides information on opening times, contact details and, if applicable, churches’ home pages.
The Norwich Business Improvement District (BID)
Visit their website to learn about their vision for Norwich’s businesses and their Discover Norwich App, which includes our project’s Cathedral Quarter churches trail.
The Norwich Historic Churches Trust
This website includes a comprehensive listing of the churches under their care, as well as detailed histories of each church and news and updates on talks and symposia sponsored by friends and trustees.
Visit Norfolk is the official visitor website for Norfolk and includes information on churches and cathedrals to visit in the county. Our project is also featured on this page: Visit Norfolk-Churches and Cathedrals.
The official tourism website for the City of Norwich, which includes an Explore and Experience page for those interested specifically in the history and culture of the city.