CEL­E­BRAT­ING THE PASTONS

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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

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