We are a not-for-profit social enterprise based in Norwich which delivers innovative public history projects throughout the East of England. Our staff have considerable experience in project management, theatre and media production, learning delivery, exhibition planning, heritage enterprise and public health. We excel in the design and delivery of community-based programmes which engage individuals, groups and digital audiences with their shared heritage. Our core belief is that we can contribute to social and economic resilience and deliver positive outcomes to people’s health and wellbeing by exploring local history; be that by getting people active, improving self-esteem, transferring key skills such as numeracy, literacy or media production, or just encouraging visitors to an area.
The Eighth in the East and Harwich Haven: Surrender & Sanctuary are two of our flagship projects but we collaborate with a range of organisations and age-groups across the UK.
Maybe you have a project in mind that we could contribute to? If so, then please get in touch.
SOME OF OUR PROJECTS
'Harwich Haven - Surrender & Sanctuary’ was a Heritage Lottery Fund project that explored two internationally significant anniversaries both of which fell at the end of 2018. Those were: the centenary of the surrender of 176 German U Boats at Harwich in November 1918 and the arrival of the first Jewish refugee children known as the Kindertransport in December 1938.
Harwich Haven: Surrender & Sanctuar
The Declaration of Arbroath is the most famous document in Scottish history. This founding document of the Scottish nation was drafted on the 6th April 1320. To mark its 700th anniversary in 2020, we are working with King’s College London and partners in Scotland to produce audio material that will help listeners to engage with this major, £800,000 project and the idea of what ‘the nation’ meant in the late middle ages.
The Eighth in the East was a three year £675,000 Heritage Lottery Funded project that explored the social and landscape history of the 8th USAAF and their time in the east of England during WW2. Through a region wide programme of volunteer led archaeology, heritage walks, education, oral history and theatre across six counties we enabled new people to learn about and help preserve their local history for future generations.
Following the success of our heritage walks with Eighth in the East we wondered whether there was a place for local history in the health agenda. From this, Paths Into The Past was born.
We approached Public Health Suffolk for a grant to research, plan and publicise a series of walks throughout Suffolk, which are to be themed around a particular period in history. An expert was engaged to research and lead a walk for a small group of people and these walks would then be written up, signposted and distributed to doctors’ surgeries and visitor information centres throughout the county.
YMCA History Podcasts
In the spring of 2017, we worked with YMCA Norfolk in delivering oral history training sessions as part of their 160th anniversary. Working with young people in service with the YMCA, we produced a series of podcasts where the young people interviewed each other and current employees of the YMCA. These podcasts explore the history of the YMCA in Norfolk, personal connections, and the life changing impacts the YMCA has on the local community.
Suffolk & North East Essex NHS
We were commissioned by the NHS to design an exhibition that showed the remarkable changes in health & social care provision in Suffolk & North East Essex over the last century. This was part of a nationwide re-organisation of the NHS in which it joined with local councils and care organisations to develop proposals for improved health and care. The NHS in Suffolk & North East Essex was one of the first to be recognised as an Integrated Care Service in England
Our funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the expertise of our partners means that we are able to offer a range of resources to download which are free to use. Here you will find professionally produced teaching material, a guide to doing oral history, help in staging a heritage walk, information on the American bases of wartime East Anglia and two booklets from our work in Harwich.