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Norfolk's Coastal Heritage Project

'Norfolk's Coastal Heritage' will allow Norfolk's coastal communities prepare for the impact coastal change will have on their heritage. It will help communities adapt to coastal change now and in the future by encouraging investigations of coastal heritage. Initially the project will focus on Happisburgh, a community where coastal change is currently having a significant impact. Part-way through it will widen its reach to other coastal communities on the Norfolk Coast.

The project forms an integral part of North Norfolk District Council's North Norfolk Pathfinder programme. Further information on this is available on North Norfolk District Council'swebsite.

The project will arrange and support a series of events during 2010 and early 2011, with local communities deciding themselves the investigations they wish to be involved with. The free activities are likely to include public meetings, training sessions, fieldwork, a website (hosted by from mid/late May 2010), leaflets, displays and an event to celebrate the heritage and future of Happisburgh.

Happisburgh has a rich and diverse heritage, much of which is under threat from coastal change. Features at risk include an internationally significant Palaeolithic site, levelled Bronze Age burial mounds, the buried remains of possible Saxon buildings, St Mary’s church, a manor house built in 1900, the remnants of a lighthouse and World War Two structures. The archaeological remains of the village of Eccles, lost to the sea in the early 17th century, are infrequently visible on the beach about 3km to the southeast of Happisburgh village.

In March the project distributed a questionnaire to learn more about Happisburgh’s heritage and to explore how residents can and would like to be involved in investigations and activities.

The project would like to thank everybody who has returned a completed questionnaire. We are currently in the process of collating all the information provided and will display initial results on 22 May. If you have not yet completed a questionnaire and would like to have your say on how the project can study Happisburgh’s heritage, there is still time.
We will present the full results in a future newsletter and on the project website. Project events and activities will be based on the responses received.

For further details, to sign up for regular project updates or to request a questionnaire contact:

Richard Hoggett
Norfolk Landscape Archaeology, Union House, Gressenhall, Norfolk, NR20 4DR

Telephone 01362 869277




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