It is now 600 year since the first of the surviving Paston letters was written. The 600 Paston Footprints is a Heritage Lottery funded project that will, through community collaboration and detailed research, produce a range of new resources that will help local people connect with the remarkable story of the Paston family, as chronicled in the Paston Letters. 600 Paston Footprints is a collaborative project between numerous local partner organisations, including the Paston Heritage Society, the University of East Anglia, and the Norfolk Record Office. The three year project will highlight the remarkable story of the Paston family, the times they lived through, and make original resources available to the public for the very first time.
As part of the festival to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the writing of the earliest known Paston letter the Paston Footprints project has brought together a panel of experts to present a short series of lectures designed to explore the story of the Paston family, and their legacy, in more detail. All the talks are free to attend.
Date: Last Tuesday of every month
Time: open at 6:00pm, lecture at 6:30pm
Venue: Hungate Medieval Art, Norwich.
Sir John Paston’s guide to being a knight: John Paston II and his ‘Grete Boke’
Dr Rob Knee:
The Wars of the Roses and the Paston Letters
Dr Nicholas Groves:
‘a neat building of black flint’: St Peter Hungate, the Pastons, and the churches of Norwich.
September 25th: POSTPONED
Dr Jean Agnew:
The later Pastons: the 1st and 2nd Earls of Yarmouth
Dr Victor Morgan –
‘A Cabinets of Wonders’ and the Seventeenth-century Paston Collection
Saturday July 14th Hellesdon Local History group host a medieval pageant and history fair to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the writing of the earliest surviving Paston Letter. Come along and learn about the dramatic events of the 'Siege of Hellesdon' in 1465,...read more
July 27th (Norfolk Day) Join local re-enctors 'Linstock and Pledgett' as they demonstrate medieval crafts, and try your hand at writing your very own Paston letter. Suitable for all ages. 11:00am - 4:00pm. Free Admission. St Peter Hungate church,...read more
Sunday August 5th Mannington Medieval Festival. A day of medieval activities and entertainments all set in the delightful grounds of Mannington Hall in north Norfolk. Watch medieval demonstrations by members of the Norfolk and Norwich Medieval Association, try your...read more
Saturday August 11th Medieval Tales for young and old. Join Norfolk's very own 'Yarn-smith', Dave Tonge, for an afternoon of tall tales and medieval stories with one of England's leading master story-tellers. Suitable for all ages. 12 noon - 4:00pm, Free Admission. St...read more
Saturday August 25th Become your own church detective. 'Ever wondered why Norwich has so many medieval churches? Ever wanted to know exactly what a ‘weeping chancel’ is, or why Norfolk has so many round-towered churches? Join local buildings archaeologists to unravel...read more