CELEBRATING THE PASTONS
Next year sees the 600th anniversary of the death of one of Norfolk’s most famous daughters, Margaret Paston. The Pastons were Norfolk’s leading family from 1380-1750, medieval peasants who become lawyers and made their mark on European battlefields and Tudor courts.
Margaret was born in Mautby, near Great Yarmouth, and was said to have been married and buried there. On April 29 a three-year event, supported by the Paston Heritage Society, the UEA and £13,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, will be launched at Mautby Church.
Paston Footprints 600 will be the first ever large-scale community project to uncover specific local links with this vibrant heritage and bring to life the remarkable collection of the Paston Letters in a major festival and exhibitions.
The UEA and other partners will provide training for volunteers on how to access and interpret archives, buildings, landscapes, monuments, tombs, heraldry and objects, providing the stories and materials for artistic interpretations and commentaries for 10 heritage trail walks and celebratory events. There will be new interpretative centres, drama productions, and digital creations, including 3D modelling, which will be created by and for communities to preserve, record and interpret the rich Paston heritage.
The team is now looking for more volunteers to join in and for more partnerships with schools and community groups. Progress of the project and ways to interact can be found at tinyurl.com/h8h3ccu
If you are you interested in becoming involved contact the team at PastonFoot[email protected] or tweet @pastonfootprint