Set-up Week

And so, it begins. Season 23 is nearly upon us. An advance party arrived on site last weekend, and as each day passes our numbers increase as the team arrives in preparation of the start of week 1. There is a vast range of activities that have to be done in set-up week – overseeing the arrival of cabins, toilets, showers (and all the associated connecting up), and the erection of the marquee are the obvious ones, but even before that the grass has to be cut and the nettles and thistles need strimming from around the permanent cabins and the track leading to the OVH. Site cabins begin to arrive There is also the kitchen to be thoroughly cleaned. Even though it was left in an immaculate condit

The Mardling Acre - An Evening With Hugh Lupton - 7.00pm, 20th July 2018

We are very happy to welcome back Hugh Lupton for another entrancing evening in the company of one of this country's best storytellers. I􏰀n Norfolk, to mardle􏰃 is to gossip. This is a programme of folk-tales, legends, memories, 􏰂music an􏰀d songs from􏰂 the gossiping acres of East An􏰀glia. Celebrating the folk imagination of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and the Fens. Hugh has recently published his latest novel - The Assembly of the Severed Head. Set in 13th-century Wales, it tells the story of the making of The Mabinogion – ancient Welsh myths that are the earliest form of prose literature in Britain and have been an inspirational part of culture for hundreds of years. More details

Janet Hammond

It is with great sadness to hear the news of the passing of Janet Hammond. Janet was one of the founding members of SHARP and was keenly involved with research into Sedgeford's historic past. Below, Neil Faulkner and John Jolleys remember Janet and her contribution to SHARP and our knowledge of the Sedgeford landscape: 'I first met Janet Hammond in 1995. Bernard and Susan Campbell had invited her to Sedgeford Hall to meet me when we were first discussing setting up the Project. I was fascinated by this local historian who had such a vast store of historical knowledge. That fascination was compounded when, very soon afterwards, I first visited Janet's house, a rambling old warren of a farmho

Stylus matters

One of the most beautiful small finds to come from the Anglo-Saxon cemetery on Boneyard is this copper-alloy stylus, or writing tool, from the Latin word stilus, a stake or pointed instrument, which itself came from Ancient Greek (thank you, Wikipedia). This one was found during the 1997 season, and found its way through the safe hands of the SHARP Finds team of the time to the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, where it remains on loan. What was it used for? As the size and shape suggests, it was an implement for writing, and then erasing, marks on a soft surface such as wet clay or a wax tablet. The pointy end writes, then the flat end smooths out the marks so the tablet can be used ag

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