News and Events

What’s going on…?

  • Our collaboration with Go Walkeez, a child-centred heritage engagement project was featured in the March 2017 Future for Religious Heritage Newsletter.
  • The new ‘Over-the-Water’ Norwich medieval churches walking trail will be be available very soon in churches and businesses throughout the north side of the city. The churches trail and guide was sponsored and produced by the St Mary’s Works regeneration project and in partnership with our researchers. You can download the PDF version here.


  • Our project’s partnership with ‘Flintspiration’, a medieval weekend event hosted by the Norwich Historic Churches Trust and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, was featured in the Eastern Daily Press early in the new year. Read here about what the project’s PI, Sandy Heslop, says about the importance of this event’s focus on Norwich’s medieval churches.
  • The Medieval Churches of the Cathedral Quarter walking trail map was a success! Nearly 8,000 copies were distributed between June and September 2016. We will re-distribute the maps in December, but in the meantime, you can download the map here.
  • Our project’s Cathedral Quarter medieval churches trail has been featured in the Heritage Open Days edition of the City of Stories blog post (8th August 2016). The blog also featured the project’s lost churches and Cathedral Quarter church trail leaflet in a posting on 12th July 2016.
  • The project was again covered by the Eastern Daily Press on Saturday, 18th June (Weekend insert, pages 4-5), this time featuring the ‘lost’ churches of Norwich. Also, attention was given to the ‘Medieval Churches of the Cathedral Quarter’ trail leaflet, which features eight of the thirty lost churches being examined by the researchers. Read the article here.
  • The ‘Medieval Churches of the Cathedral Quarter–Norwich Walking Trail’, received coverage in the Eastern Daily Press on Monday, 30th May. The trail will be one of several featured guided tours on offer at the ‘Midsummer Walking Stories in the Cathedral Quarter’ event the 17th-19th of June. Read the article here. The trail leaflet is also available throughout Norwich and Norfolk, including the Norwich Tourism Information Centre, the Railway Station and at churches and businesses on the trail. You can also download the map and find the trail on the Discover Norwich app. Please also leave us your feedback on the trail.

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  • Senior Research Fellow Brian Ayers has recently completed a new book, The German Ocean: Medieval Europe around the North Sea. You can read a short abstract and find details on its publication here.
  • The project’s Principal Investigator, Sandy Heslop, and Senior Research Associate, Helen Lunnon, have co-edited the 38th edition of the British Archaeological Association Conference Transactions, Norwich: Medieval and Early Modern Art, Architecture and Archaeology. An abstract and full publication details can be found here.
  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council has awarded a Cultural Engagement Fellowship to the project and Partnership Co-ordinator, Kristi Bain, to work with the researchers to develop an historic churches trail in partnership with VisitNorwich, Norwich BID and the Norwich Historic Churches Trust.
  • Partnership Co-ordinator, Kristi Bain, represented the project at the Historic England conference, “Parish Interiors in Changing Times: 19th and 20th century church interiors,” held at the University of Leicester on the 14th-15th of December. Participants discussed the importance of Church of England parish churches and their significance to the historic environment. In particular, participants were asked to explore the significance, protection and management of 19th- and 20th-century parish church interiors.
  • Screen Shot 2016-01-14 at 11.28.02 AMOn 29th October 2015, the Eastern Daily Press published a two-page feature on the project. You can read the online version here.
  • Partnership Co-ordinator, Kristi Bain, gave a talk about the vision and aims of the project at the Warwick Network for Parish Research Symposium on the 16th of May, 2015. See  for more details on this extraordinary research network and to view their blog, which includes July 2015 and January 2016 posts about the project.


Norwich Cathedral, Weston Room, Saturday 29 April 2017, 2-3pm.

New stories about old churches – our project team present some recent discoveries and rediscoveries about the buildings and their place in the city, their furnishings and the people who made and paid for them. This talk is part of Flintspiration, a medieval weekend event organised by the Norwich Historic Churches Trust, in partnership with UEA through our research project, and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Norwich and the Medieval Parish Church c.900 – 2017: The Making of a Fine City

A conference hosted by The Medieval Parish Churches of Norwich Research Project (undertaken at the University of East Anglia and funded by The Leverhulme Trust).

Date: Papers on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June 2017, site visits on Monday 19 June 2017 Location: The Weston Room, Norwich Cathedral Hostry. Speakers will include local and international scholars, as well as the UEA research team, Brian Ayers, Clare Haynes, T. A. Heslop, and Helen Lunnon Programme: Full details are available on the conference page of this website: Norwich Medieval Parish Churches conference


Norwich Historic Churches Trust Conference – 10:00 – 16:00, Saturday 14 October 2017 at St Martin at Palace, Norwich. Full details are available here: NHCT 2017 conf poster

Flintspiration Taster Events:

  •  Saturday 25 February 2017, 2-3pm, Norwich Castle Museum. Norwich parish churches: the colours, smells, sounds and processions of Late-Medieval Devotions in Norwich, A talk by Vic Morgan, UEA Senior Honorary Research Fellow and Historian and Friend of Norwich Historic Churches Trust.
  • Monday 6 March 2017, 1pm, Friends Meeting House. Mark Wilson, Surveyor of the Fabric, NHCT, will speak about the care of historic buildings from a stonemason’s perspective.
  • Monday 13 March 2017, 1pm, Friends Meeting House. Nicholas Groves will deliver a talk entitled, ‘Prying into church cupboards: Archdeacon Swynflete and his inventory of 1368’.
  • Thursday 23 March 2017, 1pm, Friends Meeting House. Dr Rebecca Pinner will speak about finding St Edmund in East Anglian churches.
  • Wednesday 29 March 2017, 1pm, Norfolk Record Office. Archivist Tom Townsend will discuss the Great Hospital’s historical role in Norwich and its hinterland.
  • Thursday 27 April 2017, 7.30pm, St Giles Church. Barbara Miller, Norwich city guide, will speak about the Four Sisters window at St Peter Mancroft.

Flintspiration Medieval Churches Weekend, 29th April – 1st May 2017–Hosted by the Norwich Historic Churches Trust, in partnership with UEA through this research project, and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Watch this space for further details.


Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Tuesday 28 February 2017, 12.30 – 1pm

“All Saints to St Vedast: the contribution of medieval churches to the building of Norwich,” by Brian Ayers, Senior Research Associate & Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of East Anglia and President of the Friends of Norwich Historic Churches Trust
A free event organised by the Norwich Historic Churches Trust in association with the University of East Anglia and Norfolk Museums Service.

St Peter Hungate church, Princes Street, Norwich, Tuesday 28th February, 6:00-7:00pm

Sophie Cabot and Brian Ayers gave a talk on ‘St Peter Hungate before the Normans’ Brian discussed the origins of the parish and the earliest settlement on the site. Sophie discussed the name ‘Hungate’; it’s origin, meaning, date and importance.

Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, Town Close Auditorium, Castle Museum, 3rd December, 2.30 pm

Sandy Heslop and Clare Haynes delivered a talk on Francis Blomefiled and the parish churches of medieval Norwich. Visit the NNAS website for information this and other related events.

The Ecclesiological Society’s Annual Conference on Saturday 1st October 2016 in central London: The theme is Medieval churches in East Anglia: new insights. This conference brings together six speakers, including Senior Research Associate Helen Lunnon, who have recently studied medieval East Anglian churches from a range of different angles.

Matthew Champion: Medieval graffiti: the lost voices of England’s churches
David King: Tracery-light glazing in Norfolk
Helen Lunnon: Church porch architecture in late medieval East Anglia
Michael Rimmer: The angel roofs of East Anglia
Robert Walker: The Virgin Mary roof at March, Cambridgeshire
Lucy Wrapson: ‘Workshop identities and East Anglian rood screens

For more information and booking details, go to

St Mary’s Works Exhibition with the Shoe Factory Social Club, 9th and 10th September 2016, part of Heritage Open Days.

Our project partnered with the Shoe Factory Social Club to put on an exhibition about St Mary’s Works (St Mary’s Plain, Norwich, NR3 3AF). 154 visitors stopped by to view the exhibition, which included our project’s research on the Over-the-Water churches. Click here to learn more about the Shoe Factory Social Club, and here to learn more about the exhibition.



Go Walkeez Norwich Walking Trail…The Medieval Churches of the Cathedral Quarter, Norwich Cathedral Hostry, Saturday 10th September 2016, 10am-3pm; Sunday 11th September 2016, 11am-3pm

This trail is an innovative combination of the project’s research, Cathedral Quarter medieval churches trail, and Go Walkeez, an award-winning project that encourages children to interact with heritage. Together we offered a child-friendly trail of the medieval churches of the Cathedral Quarter during Heritage Open Days. About a dozen families picked up a booklet, instructions on how to download the accompanying app, and ‘rented’ a toy dog that accompanied them on their scavenger hunt for medieval churches. Many more stopped by to learn more and pet a dog! Plans are already underway to offer this trail at another event, so watch this space.

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Norwich Historic Trust Children’s Trail, St Stephens Church, Rampant Horse St, Norwich, Saturday 10 September 2016, 10am-4pm.

  • Follow the trail as you walk around some of the city’s churches and discover hidden secrets.
  • Take part in activities as you go around the churches.
  • A chance to make your own pilgrim’s badge at the end of the trail

The Fifteenth Century Conference (at Royal Holloway), 1-3 September 2016 

Senior Research Associate Helen Lunnon presented a paper titled ‘Art patronage and public devotion in late-medieval Norwich’

“‘Keep your seats please’–Medieval parish church furnishings in Norwich”, St Peter Mancroft, 12th July 2016 at 7pm.

Helen Lunnon spoke about church furnishings, including pews, fonts, lecterns, misericords, panel paintings and stained glass. The talk showcased the beauty and diversity of these objects and also introduce some of the people responsible for their making and use. This talk was part of the ‘Mancroft in Details’ lecture series, which runs through the autumn.

Midsummer Walking Stories in the Cathedral Quarter, 17th-19th June 2016

Our AHRC funded medieval church trail, designed in partnership with VisitNorwich, the Norwich BID and the NHCT, was one of the featured walks at this event in the Cathedral Quarter, with members of the project team guiding tours on all three days. 75 spots were booked for the weekend event.

‘Feed the Minds’ Book Fair, St Andrew’s Church, 8th-11th June 2016. See more details here: FeedtheMinds2016publicity.

Norwich Puppet Theatre at the Bishop’s Garden, 5th June 2016, 1-5pm

See more details here: Bishop’s Garden Poster 2016

Norwich Community History Club, Vernon Castle Rm, The Forum, 11am, 24th May 2016.

The Partnership Co-ordinator, Kristi Bain, discussed the project’s scope and vision for public engagement, particularly the Cathedral Quarter medieval churches trail that she is producing in partnership with VisitNorwich. Joining her was Nick Bond, Head of Tourism for VisitNorwich. Senior Research Associate, Helen Lunnon, discussed her research on aldermen and their patronage of the medieval churches of Norwich and invited members to contact her to learn more about reading medieval documents for the project. 35-40 history club members were present at the talk. Click here for more information on the Norwich Community History Club, including details for their weekly lecture series and other events.

Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust Annual Conference, 16 April 2016

The researchers gave a talk entitled: “Scholarly peregrinations amongst the parish churches of Norwich–the case of St Stephen.” For full details, visit the conference page.

Centre for East Anglian Studies, University of East Anglia, 8 March 2016

Sandy Heslop, Brian Ayers and Helen Lunnon presented on the project’s progress. Just over 50 people from the university and local community attended. Click here for the centre’s full programme of events.

World Art Research Seminar, University of East Anglia, 10 February 2016.

Research Associate Clare Haynes delivered a talk entitled: “Heritage and its Misconstructions: the social politics of Gothic art and architecture in c18th Britain.” Visit the WARS website for details.

World Art Research Seminar, University of East Anglia, 21 October 2015

The researchers presented their research and progress, along with photos from site visits, to around 70 UEA staff, students and interested public.

Public Roundtable Event, 5 October 2015, 10.00-13.00, Weston Room, Norwich Cathedral

This event featured short presentations from the researchers, after which the floor was opened for guests, over fifty in attendance, to ask questions and offer suggestions.

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The research associates gave talks at St John Maddermarket, in partnership with the Churches Conservation Trust, and St Stephen, Norwich, during the HEART/Heritage Open Days weekend, attracting over 50 attendees.

Mancroft in Details Lecture Series, 11 August 2015

Research Associate Helen Lunnon gave a talk at St Peter Mancroft on her research on Norwich’s medieval porches. See Mancroft in Details Lecture Series for full programme details.