PHS speakers at NRO conference

The Paston Heritage Society took a prominent part in a big Exploring Your Community conference at the Norfolk Record Office on February 27.

The conference ranged widely, covering areas of Norfolk as diverse as Diss and Docking, Mulbarton and Marriotts Way, and a great deal of expertise was imparted by a wide variety of speakers.  

PHS chair Dr Rob Knee spoke about the Paston Footprints project and the diversity of topics that could be illuminated by the Paston letters, such as health, farming, family life, justice, politics, travel, clothing and intermarriage. He hoped the project might create 8-10 heritage walks, with a focus on 2018 – the 600th anniversary of the first letter – when an exhibition is planned at Norwich Castle in conjunction with Yale of America.  

Peter Stibbons gave some expert advice on handling data, referring especially to the place names identified in the Paston letters. He also emphasised the importance of maps and the digitising of pictures. 

Later on Dr Karen Smyth, our UEA partner in the Footprints project and one of the organisers of the conference, spoke about her exciting DIY Heritage Toolkit, which will be available in early March at www.heritageDIY.co.uk.