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

 Rob as John Paston II, 1442-1479

Rob says: "I adopt the chosen character and, in costume, use the Paston Letters and related sources to provide an individual history as well as a perspective on the life and times of the Pastons."

Further talks on the Paston Letters, the history and impact of the Paston family, Oxnead Hall, the village of Paston, the Pastons in Norwich and so on are also available. Contact Lucy Care at or Rob Knee at These talks are ongoing, and we can usually arrange something to suit your requirements.

Performances by Chronicle, the Paston poetry group, can also be arranged. Rob Knee and Tim Lenton have now been joined by distinguished poet James Knox Whittet, and they are available as a group to perform a programme of monologue, dialogue, poems and songs. Performances based on the first Margaret Paston  and on Oxnead Hall have taken place at various venues, including  St Peter Hungate and Dragon Hall in Norwich and at Mannington Hall, Cromer and Oxnead Hall itself. They are working on a new performance based on the Pastons during a decade in the mid-15th century. 

  James lives in Norfolk but was born and brought up in the Hebridean island of Islay. He was educated at Newbattle Abbey College and Cambridge University. He has edited anthologies of both island poetry and prose. His poetry had won awards from the Suffolk Poetry Society, the Neil Gunn Trust, the Society of Authors and Highland Arts. He is a Hawthornden Fellow and President of the Suffolk Poetry Society.

Chronicle have a website here