Opening this weekend; Time Frames

Time Frames: Focus in on Norfolk’s Medieval Churches
An exhibition of photographs by Paul Harley

After many months of closure for repairs this year, and doubts about the likelihood of even getting an exhibition in in time, we are delighted to announce the opening of Time Frames: Focus in on Norfolk’s Medieval Churches, an exhibition of photographs by Paul Harley of medieval details, in wood, stone and glass, from some of the counties 659 medieval churches.

Paul is a teacher, photographer and historian. Previous exhibitions of his work include Guatemala: an endangered culture for which he was awarded an Eastern Arts bursary; The Maya; and Por La Vida, a photographic record of a human rights delegation visit to Colombia.

See more of his work on his website:

We are open!

This winter building works took a bit longer than we expected… but we are now OPEN! Please come and see us on Saturdays from 10-4, Sundays 2-4 as usual.

We are not expecting to install an exhibition until slightly later in the year, but for now the beautiful space is there for you to visit, with all the permanent stuff including brass rubbing, windows, garden and benches…

New for this spring we have copies of the Cathedral Quarter Medieval Churches Trial, just published, and after a lot of effort we now have full access to the building for people who use wheelchairs. If this is you, or you know someone who has not been able to visit the space up to now, we are really looking forward to welcoming you!

Winter closure, and repair works

Hungate is now closed for the winter, which means if you want to come and see us – and you are very welcome – you will need to book a group visit with one of our keyholders,  just drop us a line on  (We do need to ask for a donation for group visits, but it’s very reasonable at £3 per head or £25 per group, whichever is greater.)

Also whilst we are closed our landlords, NHCT, with funding from Historic England, are going to be undertaking a program of repairs to the building. The chancel roof will be made watertight, and the rear gate and wheelchair access path improved. This is all very exciting for us, because it keeps the premises in good repair for our next season. Watch this space…

Through a Glass Darkly closing this weekend

This Saturday and Sunday, 11th/12th July are your last chance to see our current exhibition ‘Through a Glass Darkly; Breckland’s Hidden Churches’. If you haven’t been in yet why not come on down?

Through a glass title image

We’ve then got quite a hectic week for the team, because our new exhibition, ‘Ministries of Defense; Breckland’s Hidden Churches and Landscapes’ will be open from Saturday 18th! The exhibitions are a pair, so try to make sure you get to see them both.

Next lectures, and a cancellation

Remember, next Tuesday we welcome Dr Jon Gregory of UEA to talk to us about the truly remarkable landscape of Breckland.

Unfortunately the lecture following that has had to be cancelled due the ill health of our expected speaker Edmund Perry. We hope to reschedule if possible.

Free Lecture this Tuesday, 24th March 6pm

The first lecture of the 2015 season will be Charles Tracy – ‘Spotlighting Norfolk’s refugee bench-ends at Hungate Medieval Art’, on Tuesday night at 6pm, All Welcome.

Charles will be talking about the Tottington Benches, six of which are on permanent display in Hungate – indeed if you come to the lecture, you may well find yourself sitting in one. (Wrap up warm if you’re coming – we’ve had some issues with the heating this week!)