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- Our collaboration with Go Walkeez, a child-centred heritage engagement project was featured in the March 2017 Future for Religious Heritage Newsletter.
- Our partnership with the HLF funded ‘Flintspiration’ weekend hosted by the Norwich Historic Churches Trust is featured in the Eastern Daily Press. Read here what Sandy Heslop thinks is the importance of the event’s focus on Norwich’s medieval churches.
- Our Cathedral Quarter medieval churches trail is featured in the Heritage Open Days edition of the City of Stories blog post (8th August 2016).
- The City of Stories blog featured our lost churches and Cathedral Quarter church trail leaflet in a posting on 12th July 2016.
- Saturday 18 June – we’re in the Eastern Daily Press again! (Weekend insert, pages 4-5). This time they’re featuring the ‘lost’ churches of Norwich and talking about the ‘Medieval Churches of the Cathedral Quarter’ trail leaflet, which showcases eight of the city’s thirty lost parish churches. You can read the article here.
- Monday 30 May – We’re in the EDP again! The ‘Medieval Churches of the Cathedral Quarter–Norwich Walking Trail’ will be one of several featured guided tours on offer at the ‘Midsummer Walking Stories in the Cathedral Quarter’ event the 17-19 June. You can 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.
- On 29th October 2015, the Eastern Daily Press published a two-page feature on our project. You can read the online version here.
Our publications – read all about it!
- A fascinating new article by our very own Clare Haynes has recently been published: Clare Haynes, ‘Anglicanism and Art’, in J. Gregory (ed.), Establishment and Empire: the development of Anglicanism, 1662-1829, Oxford History of Anglicanism, Vol. II, 2017, pp.371-391.
- Congratulations to Brian on publication of his new article: ‘Coslania, Norwich: an archaeological contribution to early medieval urban history’. In Clark, L. and Danbury E. (eds), A Verray Parfit Praktisour: Essays Presented to Carole Rawcliffe, Woodbridge, pp. 1-21
- A wonderful new book, brilliantly researched and written by Brian Ayers is now available, Brian Ayers, The German Ocean: Medieval Europe around the North Sea. You can read a short abstract and find details on its publication here.
- We’ve all written an article on our Norwich medieval churches work – it looks specifically at Norwich ‘Over the Water’. Ayers, B., Haynes, C., Heslop T.A, and Lunnon, H. 2017 ‘The Parish Churches of Norwich North of the River Wensum: city, community, architecture and antiquarianism’ Church Archaeology, pp. 1-19
Our very own Sandy Heslop and Helen Lunnon, have co-edited the 38th edition of the British Archaeological Association Conference Transactions, Norwich: Medieval and Early Modern Art, Architecture and Archaeology. It contains essays on a vast range of topics relating to Norwich, from the intriguing Carrow Abbey to the magnificent John Salmon, Bishop of Norwich in the early 14th century. To find out more or purchase a copy just click here.
Talks and Tours
In May 2018 Clare Haynes gave a talk titled ‘Restore, Conserve or Let it Fall? The Battle for the Keep 1833-1839’ – it was part of Norwich Castle Museum’s lecture series in conjunction with the brilliant exhibition The Square Box on the Hill, curated by Paris Agar.
A group of international scholars, colleagues and friends joined together at St Peter Mancroft in March 2018 as part of the St Peter Mancroft Font Canopy Project. Clare Haynes presented her work on ‘Changing perceptions & proliferating functions: St Peter’s Font Cover, 1662-1848’; Helen Lunnon spoke about ‘How to furnish a medieval parish church. The study day is part of a research project led by Dr Zach Stewart (Texas T&M University) and Dr Amy Gillette (The Barnes Foundation)
- ‘New Stories about old churches’ Norwich Cathedral, Weston Room, Saturday 29 April 2017, 2-3pm. We’ll be presenting 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. The talk is part of Flintspiration, a weekend event organised by the Norwich Historic Churches Trust, in partnership with UEA through our research project, and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
- Ayers, B., Haynes, C., Heslop T.A, and Lunnon, H. 2017 ‘The Parish Churches of Norwich North of the River Wensum: city, community, architecture and antiquarianism’ Church Archaeology, pp. 1-19
- 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.
- And on the same day … at 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.
- At The Fifteenth Century Conference (at Royal Holloway), 1-3 September 2016 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, 12 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.
- Norwich Community History Club, Vernon Castle Rm, The Forum, Norwich, 11am, 24 May 2016. Our Partnership Co-ordinator, Kristi Bain, discussed the project’s scope and vision for public engagement, particularly the Cathedral Quarter medieval churches trail produced in partnership with VisitNorwich. Joining her was Nick Bond, Head of Tourism for VisitNorwich. At the same event 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 Sandy, Brian, Clare and Helen 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 Sandy, Brian, Clare and Helen all presented their research and progress, along with photos from site visits, to around 70 UEA staff, students and interested public.
- Kristi Bain represented the project at the Historic England conference, “Parish Interiors in Changing Times: 19th and 20th century church interiors,” at the University of Leicester on the 14-15 December. We had fascinating discussions about the importance of Church of England parish churches and their significance to the historic environment.
- 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.
- Heritage Open Days, 11 September 2015 We presented free public 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. Brilliant fun speaking about the church you’re standing in!
- Mancroft in Details Lecture Series, 11 August 2015, Helen Lunnon gave a talk at St Peter Mancroft on her research on Norwich’s medieval porches. See Mancroft in Details Lecture Series for programme details.
- On 16 May 2015, Kristi Bain, spoke about the vision and aims of the project at the Warwick Network for Parish Research Symposium. For more information about this network go to My-Parish.org Their blog, which includes July 2015 and January 2016 posts about the project.
Walking trails and guided walk leaflets
- The new ‘Over-the-Water’ Norwich medieval churches walking trail will 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Arts and Humanities Research Council has awarded our Partnership Co-ordinator Kristi Bain a Cultural Engagement Fellowship to develop an historic churches trail in partnership with VisitNorwich, Norwich BID and the Norwich Historic Churches Trust. Congratulations Kristi!
TALKS AND EVENTS hosted by others
A wealth of events and opportunities to take part are offered by organisations across Norwich who care for the city’s medieval parish churches. We’re delighted to include their activities on our site… and we always have space for more so please let us know if you’d like you organisation’s events to be mentioned here too.
- 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 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. 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.
- 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 who have recently studied medieval East Anglian churches from a range of different angles, including Helen Lunnon speaking about ‘Church porch architecture in late medieval East Anglia’. For more information and booking details, go to http://ecclsoc.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/2016-conference-east-anglian-churches-final.pdf
- 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.
- ‘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