To mark the conclusion of the project, the Reepham Connecting Threads team held a morning exhibition/’open house’ in the main public room at the Bircham Centre, in Reepham’s Market Place, on Saturday 17 May. So much of our emphasis during this project has been on outreach and awareness-raising, so we enjoyed talking to many people who had taken part in our earlier walks and activities, as well as interested people we had not met previously.
A series of four 900mm x 800mm display panels recounted the main activities of the Connecting Threads project in Reepham. Members of the core team were in attendance (with maps at the ready!) to talk about roads, footpaths, archaeology and the countryside to everyone who visited. A wide selection of relevant books and maps was available for people to browse. Using a laptop computer, we were also able to demonstrate the Norfolk Heritage Explorer (www.heritage.norfolk.gov.uk) and Historic Maps Explorer (www.historic-maps.norfolk.gov.uk) websites to visitors.
Many thanks to all of you who attended and took time to talk to us at the end of this enjoyable project. We are left with the feeling that there is so much more we could have done – but it is clear that the project has acted as a starting point for other heritage initiatives in Reepham, notably the Reepham Tracks and Traces events that will take place during the national Festival of Archaeology on 12-27 July. There is no doubt, either, that field recording will continue, and that more visits to the record office will follow.
Click on the image below to view exhibition materials.