Paston Heritage

Potential volunteers for Paston Footprints project in exciting get-together

Discussion during the meeting

An introductory get-together of potential volunteers for the three-year Paston Footprints project took place at the UEA Council House on Saturday (September 3) and was a huge success, with more than 50 volunteers attending.

After an introduction by Dr Karen Smyth of the UEA, a video and a briefing, the volunteers split up into groups to discuss potential avenues of approach, and later attention focused on the geographical areas (or "hubs") singled out for special attention. Discussion was vigorous and at times extremely imaginative, which bodes well for the future of the project.

Large-scale project wins Heritage Lottery Fund support: volunteers needed

HLF

The Paston Heritage Society and Dr Karen Smyth, Senior Lecturer in Medieval and Early Modern Literature at UEA, have received a £13,000 grant  from the Heritage Lottery Fund, representing initial support for the development of a community research project on the Pastons.

Paston Footprints 600 will be the first ever large-scale community project to uncover specific local links with the vibrant heritage of the Pastons, who as Norfolk’s most prominent family from 1380-1750 rose from medieval peasants to become lawyers and enter the dangerous European battlefields and Tudor courts. 

Paston letters available to view online – thanks to British Library

For the first time, part of the British Library’s large collection of Paston family correspondence and documents has been digitised and is available to view in full.

Five volumes containing some of the most studied items have now been published on its Digitised Manuscripts website: four volumes from 1440-1489 and a volume that contains further material from the second half of the 15th century, together with later correspondence. One of the most famous items being made available is the oldest Valentine letter, written by Margery Brews to John Paston III.

Costumed talks – and other opportunities to meet the Pastons

An opportunity to meet the most significant figures in the Paston family and hear their stories is being offered by PHS chair Dr Rob Knee through a series of costumed talks. He has already done a number of these talks and they have been much appreciated. He has created a website through which you can get a look at the kinds of figures he portrays at https://meetthepastonscostumedtalks.wordpress.com.

Rare wall painting to be reconstructed digitally

A rare medieval wall painting of the Last Judgement in Paston Church will be digitally reconstructed in an exciting new project for which funding has been obtained from the Norfolk Coast Partnership. 

We intend to use expert advice and use the reconstructed image to support a community workshop where artistic responses, in ceramics and textiles, will be produced. Local crafts people will be involved.

Welcome to Paston Heritage

Our aims are:

To preserve Paston Church as a centre for both physical and spiritual refreshment for residents and pilgrims. 
To aid research into the history of Paston and the Paston family.
To seek actively to introduce a new generation of local historians to their heritage.
To promote events that unite the community of Paston.
To raise money for the proper preservation of the church and other buildings as the need arises.
Please contact pastongriffin@gmail.com for further details.