Exhibition at Paston Church a success despite illness
Our exhibition at Paston Church went ahead on Saturday, February 20, despite the absence of Anna Metcalfe through sickness. Anna was supposed to be leading writing workshops at the church, but was suffering from a stomach bug. However, we were able to reveal the fruits of the workshops she had led at Mundesley in December and January as part of the "Dreams of Life and Death" wall paintings project.
Four of the five writers involved read from their stories, which were collected in a booklet called Off the Wall. This was on sale on the day at £3, and can be still be obtained from firstname.lastname@example.org. The writers were Lucy Care, Pat Dawson, Amanda Killington, Tim Lenton and Sally Smith.
Also on show were other results of the partnership with the Norfolk Coast Project: original ceramics, painting and textiles from about eight artists, all inspired by the wall paintings in Paston Church – which were themselves part of the display. Founder and trustee of the society Lucy Care said the exhibition as a whole was the "fruit of everything that went on" and incorporated "modern views on life and death".
PHS members were on hand to guide people round the church, and the latest version of Peter Stibbons' video now running to about one hour – was on show throughout, giving its audience many insights into the Paston story across the centuries. Re-enactors were also on hand, including chair Rob Knee; others showed medieval dyeing and calligraphy, and the usual excellent refreshments were provided.
A healthy stream of visitors passed through the church during the five hours the exhibition was open, despite the uninviting weather.
(Our pictures show re-enactors Diana George and Carole Martin, and a family group enjoying the artwork.)