UEA and HEART – Knowledge Transfer Partnership

The School of History at UEA has just been awarded funding from the Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme to develop a new project with the School of Computing and Norwich HEART (Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust).

The funding will allow us to develop innovative ways for people to interact with Norwich’s iconic buildings and online resources, and access historical data more easily. This will increase public access to heritage resources and benefit community bodies, educational organisations and other groups.

The KTP funding, a total of £200,000, comes from the Technology Strategy Board and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and will enable the creation of two new jobs: a research post in the School of History to undertake a comprehensive appraisal of historical resources and a computer science specialist to develop an innovative set of tools to allow more efficient access to the historical data.

Professor Tom Williamson will lead the project within the School of History and we are really excited about the potential of this project. It will allow us to pull together a large amount of existing research and make it available to the public in a novel and engaging manner. Norwich has a proud history as one of England’s foremost urban centres: this project will make that history much more widely known.

Find out more about HEART here. More information about the School of History and the School of Computing can be found on the UEA website.

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CEAS Research Seminars

The new programme of the Centre of East Anglian Studies research seminars gets underway this week. The first seminar, this Thursday, is on King Edmund, the East Anglian warrior king killed by the Vikings in the ninth century.

All are welcome. The seminars start at 6:15pm, in room 4.16 in the School of History at UEA.

 

Photo by Lawrence OP

 

Thursday 14th October

Dr Tom Licence (UEA) – ‘King Edmund: from warrior king to meek martyr’

Thursday 28th October

Edward Martin (Suffolk Archaeology) – ‘Henslow of Hitcham:  the professor of botany who inspired both Darwin and a Suffolk Parish’

Thursday 18th November

Dr Nicholas Amor – ‘Apprenticeship in Late Medieval Ipswich’

Thursday 2nd December

Dr Michael Bridges – ‘Fakenham: development of a market town’

Thursday 20th January

Helen Lunnon (UEA) – ‘A consideration of Porch Imagery in Late Medieval Norfolk’

More information on the Centre of East Anglian Studies can be found here.

Warham Camp

There are only a handful of Iron Age hill forts in Norfolk, and the best preserved is Warham Camp, hidden in a field in north-west Norfolk.

Accessible to the public from the road down a footpath (laden with blackberries and other hedgerow fruits at this time year), the earthworks of the fort are still impressive. Although once completely circular, the banks and ditches on one side are now cut by the River Stiffkey, the course of which was diverted in the eighteenth century.

Excavations have found evidence of Iron Age and Roman occupation, including a timber palisade and platform within the interior.

Click here to see Warham from the air

Read more about Warham Camp on the Norfolk Heritage Explorer website.

Other Iron Age hill forts in Norfolk –

Bloodgate Hill, South Creake

Now only visible as a cropmark, the site is owned by the Norfolk Archaeological Trust and is open to the public.

Tasburgh

The earthworks of the fort at Tasburgh are also owned by the Norfolk Archeological Trust and open to the public.

Holkham

Visible as an earthwork enclosure on the saltmarshes to the north of Holkham Hall. The fort is within the area of the Holkham National Nature Reserve.

Narborough

The earthworks of this hillfort lie close to a strategic crossing point of the River Nar. The fort is now in the grounds of Narborough Hall which is open to the public during the summer.

Thetford

An Iron Age fort, which was later reused as a motte and bailey castle. The impressive ramparts were originally constructed during the Iron Age, but were altered when the castle was built. Now within a public park the castle and fort are open to the public.