Paston Heritage

Jarrolds features Paston walks and poetry book

Jarrolds shelf

Our new book, In the Footprints of the Pastons, describing a walk through Norwich, visiting Paston sites, is now available at Jarrolds in the city. It also features poems and information about the various Pastons and their activities. Here it is pictured on the Jarrolds walks shelf by eagle-eyed PHS chair, Dr Rob Knee. 

Paston walks book is launched in Norwich

Hungate gathering

Our invitation-only launch of the new Paston walks book at St Peter Hungate on December 17 was extremely successful, with about 50 people attending. After being welcomed by PHS chair Dr Rob Knee, they heard Tim Lenton, who edited the book, introduce the book and present poetry readings by James Knox Whittet, Kay Riggs, Rob Knee and himself, plus Dot Lenton on behalf of Lisa D'Onofrio, who now lives in Australia. 

Book launch featured in local press

The upcoming launch of our new Paston walks book has been featured prominently in the Eastern Daily Press and the North Norfolk News. Called In the Footprints of the Pastons and edited by PHS trustee Tim Lenton, the book describes a walk round the Paston-related sites in Norwich and includes a number of poems by members of Chronicle, the Paston-linked poetry group.

Potential volunteers for Paston Footprints project in exciting get-together

Discussion during the meeting

An introductory get-together of potential volunteers for the three-year Paston Footprints project took place at the UEA Council House on Saturday (September 3) and was a huge success, with more than 50 volunteers attending.

After an introduction by Dr Karen Smyth of the UEA, a video and a briefing, the volunteers split up into groups to discuss potential avenues of approach, and later attention focused on the geographical areas (or "hubs") singled out for special attention. Discussion was vigorous and at times extremely imaginative, which bodes well for the future of the project.

Large-scale project wins Heritage Lottery Fund support: volunteers needed

HLF

The Paston Heritage Society and Dr Karen Smyth, Senior Lecturer in Medieval and Early Modern Literature at UEA, have received a £13,000 grant  from the Heritage Lottery Fund, representing initial support for the development of a community research project on the Pastons.

Paston Footprints 600 will be the first ever large-scale community project to uncover specific local links with the vibrant heritage of the Pastons, who as Norfolk’s most prominent family from 1380-1750 rose from medieval peasants to become lawyers and enter the dangerous European battlefields and Tudor courts. 

Paston letters available to view online – thanks to British Library

For the first time, part of the British Library’s large collection of Paston family correspondence and documents has been digitised and is available to view in full.

Five volumes containing some of the most studied items have now been published on its Digitised Manuscripts website: four volumes from 1440-1489 and a volume that contains further material from the second half of the 15th century, together with later correspondence. One of the most famous items being made available is the oldest Valentine letter, written by Margery Brews to John Paston III.

Costumed talks – and other opportunities to meet the Pastons

An opportunity to meet the most significant figures in the Paston family and hear their stories is being offered by PHS chair Dr Rob Knee through a series of costumed talks. He has already done a number of these talks and they have been much appreciated. He has created a website through which you can get a look at the kinds of figures he portrays at https://meetthepastonscostumedtalks.wordpress.com.

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