Recent Events

UEA lecturer speaks on digital museum project

UEA lecturer Dr Karen Smyth, well known to PHS members for her talks at Dragon Hall and the Norfolk Record Office, spoke at our  members' meeting at Bacton Village Hall, at 7.30pm on Wednesday, October 15.

She spoke about the Paston Digital Museum Project, which the university is launching in partnership with the Paston Heritage Society, with the eventual aim of providing online links to all aspects of the Pastons – including historical, geographical, artistic and literary. It is hoped eventually to have all the letters available online.

Author of Margery Paston book speaks to PHS members

Author Susan Curran spoke to one of our regular members' meetings at Bacton Village Hall on July 3. 

She gave a detailed and fascinating account of Margery's life, drawing on a great deal of research involving both the Pastons and Richard Calle, their land agent, who Margery married much against her parents' wishes. She included controversial views about the Pastons' origins and reputation which sparked some lively debate afterwards.

Exhibition highlight of exciting year, annual meeting is told

A record-setting exhibition at the Norfolk Record Office in Norwich was a highlight of the
Paston Heritage Society’s year, said PHS chair Dr Rob Knee at the annual
meeting at the Ship Inn, Mundesley, on Friday April 25.

The PHS worked with the NRO to put on the
exhibition, which was part of an All Our Stories
project, linked to a BBC series, for which the society received a £10,000
Heritage Lottery grant. The PHS also put on an event at Dragon Hall in Norwich,
undertook work in schools and is putting together a research website and a DVD. 

Dr Knee paid tribute to founder Lucy
Care for her “hard work in to PHS getting us to where we are now”. This year the
society celebrates its 21st anniversary.

Peter Stibbons showed slides and videos of
activities undertaken in the past year, including digital reconstruction of the
structure and positioning of Paston Hall.

Presentation of Paston project

A gathering of all the local groups involved in the All our Stories project met at Ickworth House last November. Paston Heritage Society chair Dr Rob Knee was one of those making a presentation, together with fellow trustee Peter Stibbons. Part of this presentation can be seen by clicking this link:   

The films consist of  long and shorter films which sum up the day.

The Paston presentation is the second from the left in the middle row.

Blofield Heritage Day a big success

We were involved in a warm and sunny heritage day at Blofield Church, just east of Norwich, on Saturday, 10 September, 2012. This is a large church which gave plenty of room for re-enactors, displays and workshops – and there was great enthusiasm locally, making the day an outstanding success, especially for the teddy bears who were given balloon rides – not a big feature of the Paston Letters, but one feels sure the Pastons would have approved. 

Paston Walks and Talks Day

On Sunday 24th July we held a 'Walks and talks' day at St Margaret's Church, Paston.

There were two walks: the first was an amble around the site with one of our expert guides, talking about the Paston family and Paston village. The second was a seven-mile round trip to Bromholm Priory. Nine people and a dog started out with Tim Lenton, and most of them finished the course, which had to be diverted inland because of a high tide with a stiff onshore wind. The walk took in Paston Green, Edingthorpe Church and – "a real treat" – Bromholm Priory, where the owners had given permission for us to get 'up close' to the ruins. A new and memorable experience for all of us on the walk.

Our usual delicious refreshments were on offer.


Latin Compline

Latin Compline at St Margaret's church, Paston. - 24th July 2011

To celebrate St Margaret's day, we held a Latin Compline in the church by candlelight. The service was led by the Rev Canon Professor Dr Loveday Alexander, who introduced it with a short talk explaining the important role of daily worship in the lives of families in the 15th century.

As usual, the service was very moving...a link with the words spoken in worship for centuries in this ancient place.


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).