Owl, maps and old photos attract visitors to Paston Church

What was intended to be the final, climactic weekend of our Reading the Past in the Landscape project began with an excellent day on Saturday, March 3, when a steady stream of visitors to Paston Church enjoyed an exhibition of old maps, old photographs and records relating to the parish, as well as historical re-enactment from PHS regulars. There was also the opportunity to visit  a site outside the Barn, where archaeologist Dr Richard Hoggett was supervising the creation of a "Dig and Sow" pilot pit (see separate item).

Because one of the events had to be postponed (the Reading the Landscape Walk will now take place on April 28) the project is not totally complete, but this weekend proved to be an excellent demonstration of what has been achieved – and what is still ongoing as a result of it. A great deal of enthusiasm has been aroused in the village, and we hope that this will grow.

On the Sunday the weather was not so kind, but the activities continued. The first day's owl was replaced by a falcon, and despite persistent rain, the numbers visiting the church doubled. A TV camera team were present all day, and many visitors and PHS members found themselves interviewed or asked to read excerpts from the Paston Letters (a BBC series on local history is in the pipeline). As always, the refreshments were first-class. Lucy Care described it as a "great weekend", and thanked the Norfolk Coast Partnership for the financial support that made it possible.
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A young visitor makes her own paper  

The owl keeps an eye on proceedings