Behind-the-scenes at a vintage photo shoot in Sheringham Park!

As part of our series of articles and blog posts from our volunteers, Kate Cooper has written this brilliant behind-the-scenes blog post about the work that went into the shoot for the photos to promote the 1950s Sheringham Park event and the 1940s fashion in Wells. The resulting photos are used on our Festival website, posters, leaflets and on social media. Thanks team! By Kate Cooper: Once upon an ominously overcast day in 2016, an intrepid team set out from the sprawling metropolis that is the Fine City of Norwich for the wilds of Sheringham Park. Our noble quest…? To produce a set of stunning images to promote an upcoming 1950s-themed event to take place in the park’s famously spectacular Rhododendron (hardest word to spell, ever, folks) gardens. The event is due to take place in May, so we obviously felt that a February day darker and stormier than any ginger-and-rum-based beverage (there were actual weather warnings in place) was the best time to capture the magic of a summers evening in bloom… Ahem. Thankfully, our gallant band doesn’t scare easy. Among the line-up were photographer Alexandra ‘Ally’ Blackburn, aka Lavender Bea, who can shoot a fast-moving bride at forty paces; hair and makeup artist Nutcharin Baxter, as talented as she is tiny; model Charlotte Forshaw, whose superpower is to withstand near-freezing temperatures whilst appearing to enjoy herself and James Shelton, new to the modelling profession and the guy you want on your team if you require emergency nude tights from Tesco, Sheringham… The aim of the game was to create images with the same feel as 1950s fashion...

Bumper events programme for second North Norfolk Stories Festival launched

The programme for this year’s North Norfolk Stories Festival will be launched on 28th April. The Festival line-up of 24 free events for all ages to enjoy at cultural, heritage and wildlife sites across 11 locations will be unveiled at the RNLI Henry Blogg Museum, Cromer at the launch event. The Festival takes place from Thursday 12 to Saturday 14 May and is part of Museums at Night, the national annual after-hours festival of arts, culture and heritage. Come across pirates, ghosts, Einstein, 1940s fashion, 1950s music and much more as venues throw open their doors and invite visitors to enjoy performances, family activities, exhibitions, music and talks. Many events are taking place at twilight when the venues are normally shut, creating a unique opportunity and atmosphere for visitors to explore the sites, learn something new and have fun. Thanks to National Lottery players, the Festival gives local people and visitors the chance to explore and enjoy the area’s fascinating history, including some lesser known stories from the past. Events include: Blood on the Beach: A specially commissioned 1950s murder mystery walking tour around Cromer by Making Theatre Happen. Enjoy a night of intrigue by torchlight as you solve the terrible fate of Professor Cecil Hunter, a visiting fossil hunter who has gone missing. Vintage 1940s Day at the Sackhouse in Wells-next-the-Sea, with a 1940s cream tea, fashion display and workshops, vintage makeovers, swinging Lindyhop lessons and music. When Einstein Came to Cromer: A family event at Cromer Library where you can try light-bending glasses, see the Van De Graaf Machine and enjoy other scientific fun in a session...

Small Building, Big Story!

This is the first in a series of articles and blog posts written by our fantastic Festival volunteers. In this article, Liam Davison writes about Langham Dome: Situated just inland from the North Norfolk coast, is a small building with a huge story.  Nestled on the edge of former RAF Langham, from the outside Langham Dome appears to be nothing more than a bizarre dome shaped building. Step inside however, and you’ll find yourself totally immersed in one of the more unique stories of the Second World War. Starting as little more than a grass strip, due to its proximity to The North Sea and northern Europe, RAF Langham played an important role in Britain’s air strategy to defeat the enemy during the war. Langham Dome, originally built in 1942/3, formed a key defensive part of this overall strategy. Using state of the art technology, the facility trained the nation’s anti-aircraft gunners for their critical role in protecting the nation’s skies. By projecting images of enemy aircraft onto the interior of the Dome, coupled with realistic battle noises, it gave trainee gunners the chance to practice ‘shooting’ down enemy aircraft in a fully immersive training experience, in an age before digital technology. Opened for visitors in 2014 after a period of painstaking renovation, the exhibition at Langham Dome gives you the opportunity to travel back into this truly fascinating world.  The story of the facility and those who served and lived at RAF Langham is brought to life by the information panels that line the walls, and by the short films on display, narrated by none other than Stephen...