As part of the celebrations surrounding the 600th anniversary of the writing of the earliest known Paston letter, the Paston Footprints 600 project are hosting a whole series of events across Norwich and north Norfolk this Summer and Autumn. Many are taking place alongside their exhibition at Hungate, including a full programme of ‘Last Tuesday’ talks starting next week with our good friend Elizabeth McDonald talking about John Paston II and his ‘Grete Boke’. All of the Last Tuesday talks, and most of the other events, are free to attend – so why not come along?
It’s been a long time coming, but (drumroll please…) Our next Hungate exhibition, Paston Footprints, will open to the public at 2pm on Sunday 27th May. Part of the HLF ‘Paston Footprints 600’ project led by UEA, it will tell the story of the fascinating family who largely created St Peter Hungate as you see it today. Find out more on Twitter @pastonfootprint or Facebook on Paston Footprints 600
It feels like winter hasn’t quite finished with us yet, but it’s actually the end of March… We’re looking forward to 2018’s Hungate season, featuring the Paston 600 Footprints project, but until then – snow permitting – we will be opening at weekends as usual after Easter.
Hungate closes for the winter on Sunday 5th November – so there is just one last weekend on which to see, or see again ‘Hungate : After the Middle Ages’. Before we get there though, we have a very busy closing week to look forward to:
Tomorrow, Tuesday 31st at 7pm, join us for the last lecture of this season – William Bridge – Hungate’s Most Controversial Preacher. Join Helen Treutler, author of a forthcoming novel set in 17th century Norfolk, as she discusses the controversial and fascinating story of William Bridge, leading English Independent minister, preacher, and religious and political writer who was Rector of St Peter Hungate before dissenting from the Established Church, going into and out of exile, and ending his days as Minister of the Old Meeting on Colegate.
On Thursday 2nd at 7pm, come back if you dare for a very old, very chilling tradition; In Japan, Hyakumonogatari Kaidan (A Gathering of One Hundred Supernatural Tales) is part performance, part ritual and part parlor game in which each of the assembled guests try and out-do each other in telling stories of the strange and macabre. Each reader arrives with a lit candle, and after telling their story, blow it out. As the stories get darker and darker, so does the room. Eventually there is just one last candle and one last story, and after that, the darkness….
This event is part of the Hallowed Histories festival. Writers from the UEA’s prestigious school of literature will be showcasing their work, as well as the best of local writing talent. If you’re a local writer with a story to share, please feel free to come along and, time permitting, we would love to hear your story. Tickets are free, but should be reserved through Eventbrite
It’s all go in Hungate in September…
After a quiet month in August, when we’ve had brass rubbing center stage for the school summer holidays, we are now getting ready to install the new exhibition ‘Hungate: After the Middle Ages’.
The exhibition opens on the 2nd. (See ‘What’s On‘ for details), and has one weekend all to itself before we plunge into the busiest four days of our year – the 7th-10th of September are Heritage Open Days, and we will be open for the lot… 10-4, Tuesday to Sunday.
Whilst all that is going on, the annual Norfolk Churches Bike Ride will also be taking place – hundreds of sponsored cyclists and walkers usually visit us raising money for our friends at The Norfolk Churches Trust.
Come and see us – with all of that going on there must be something for you!
If you haven’t seen ‘Epoche: Suspension of Judgement’, the site specific installation piece at Hungate by Lindsay Elise Jolly and Su Nicholls, then you should pop in. The piece will only be in Hungate until early July, with additional opening hours on the afternoons of June 26th and July 4th for the NUA degree show, as well as our usual Saturdays and Sunday afternoons.
This weekend is Flintspiration – an exciting festival celebrating Norwich’s medieval churches, organised by the Norwich Historic Churches Trust who are our landlords . To celebrate we will be open extra hours; 10.00-4.00 on all three days, as well as launching a new parish trail commissioned specially for the event. Come and see us, and take the last chance to view the current exhibition ‘Hungate In Its Parish’ before it closes on Monday.
Watch this space for an exciting contemporary art project coming next…
The first of the new season of Hungate evening talks will take place at 6pm tomorrow, Tuesday 28th February. Sophie Cabot and Brian Ayers will talk on ‘St Peter Hungate before the Normans’ – Brian will talk about the origins of the parish and the earliest settlement on the site, and Sophie will discuss the name ‘Hungate’; it’s origin, meaning, date and importance.
FREE, All Welcome.
(Tea & Coffee will be available, but do wrap up warm!)
We are open!
Despite the snow Hungate is back… open Saturdays 10.00-4.00, Sundays 2.00-4.00. See ‘Whats On‘ for more details.
We are seeking contributors to the next exhibition. Did your family live in the parish? We are keen to hear from you, especially if your grandparents or great grandparents were amongst those rehoused from the parish to new housing estates around Norwich between the wars. Email us on HungateGlass@aol.com