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...

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North Norfolk Stories Festival 2015-2016 North Norfolk Stories was a project run by Museums Norfolk to put on an annual, large-scale and free Museums at Night event in North Norfolk in 2015 and 2016. Our aims were to: engage more people with heritage, as participants and visitors provide training for young people in valuable employment skills run an education programme for schools, put on reading groups in libraries provide opportunities for volunteering and mentoring and skill sharing between partners involve local businesses contribute towards the local economy. Twenty-one partner organisations, including museums, libraries and heritage sites, were involved and their events and activities brought different histories of North Norfolk people, places and collections to life. North Norfolk Stories Project Partners Cromer Library Cromer Museum Fakenham Library Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History Fishermen’s Heritage Centre, Sheringham Holt Library Langham Dome Museum of the Broads, Stalham Mundesley Library Norfolk Record Office North Norfolk Railway, Holt & Sheringham North Walsham Library Peter Coke Shell Gallery RAF Air Defence Radar Museum Sheringham Library Sheringham Little Theatre Sheringham Park Stalham Library RNLI Henry Blogg Museum, Cromer Wells Library Wells Maltings PARTICIPATING...

Memories and stories about North Norfolk wanted

Memories about life in North Norfolk are being sought by North Norfolk Stories, a project which hopes to document and share these stories now and with future generations. North Norfolk Stories is co-ordinated by Museums Norfolk, a charity that supports and works on behalf of cheap jerseys heritage organisations across the county, and made possible thanks to £75,800 of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Thanks to National Lottery players, the project will record interviews with people with first-hand accounts of past events and the way of life in North Norfolk. In particular, the team is keen to hear about stories relating to the area’s railways, military past, maritime history, and North Norfolk’s towns – this can be anything from school days, to jobs, to family holidays, seaside entertainment and amusements, shopping and food and drink.Watch movie online Get Out (2017) It is hoped that some interesting and diverse stories about North Norfolk’s past will emerge and that the interviews will add to understanding about the area’s heritage. Soundbites will be made available on the project’s website and the recordings will also be stored at the Norfolk Sound Archive at the Norfolk Record Office as a contribution to the county’s heritage, accessible now and in the future. They may also be used by the project’s 21 partner organisations (museums, libraries, heritage and wildlife sites across North Norfolk) for events. Becky MacNaughton, who is wholesale jerseys running the oral history project, said: “Oral history is an invaluable way of preserving and understanding the past and we hope to gather a wide variety of material, from eye-witness accounts and memories...