North Norfolk Stories Festival
In 2015 and 2016 we ran this project to put on an annual, large-scale and free Museums at Night event in North Norfolk. It was funded with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Almost 4,000 people attended festival events.
Norfolk Record Office and the School Library Service worked together to deliver workshops to schools from north Norfolk. Eight schools visited the Record Office and took part in education activites at Felbrigg Hall.
Twenty Young Ambassadors helped to deliver the project. These volunteers created a touring exhibition, collected and transcribed oral histories and worked on all the festival events.
We were able to employ two of the Young Amabassadors towards the end of the project, giving a great boost to their career development.
Twenty oral histories were recorded, covering a wide range of people’s stories and personal experiences, including life in North Norfolk and the experiences of eight former RNLI servicemen. The RNLI are now looking to hold reminiscence and oral history sessions for former crew more regularly.
Nine reminscence kits were created on a range of subjects related to the area, such as domestic life in North Norfolk, seaside holidays, memories of the Broads and railway heritage. One pack about North Norfolk’s cinema heritage was created in partnership with Cinema City, Norwich. The reminiscence kits are now available for the public to borrow at each of the eight North Norfolk Libraries that participated in the project.
Ten local history resource packs were created by the Education Team at Norfolk Record Office. These help people learn about the history of ten North Norfolk towns and villages through archives such as census records, images and maps.
Five libraries delivered 36 shared reading sessions. Participants said that they learnt new information, including that relating to Norfolk, had an enjoyable experience and appreciated the opportunity to socialise, which is likely to have impacted positively on their sense of wellbeing.
Young Ambassadors, volunteers and staff of participating organisations benefitted from eleven training sessions, delivered by professional experts, in historical research, oral history, marketing, customer service, income generation, event management and event creation and planning.