The Saltmarsh Coast Programme will offer talks, lectures, presentations, conversations, debates, exhibitions and site visits in Wells and other coastal communities to help residents and visitors of all ages learn about its physical, cultural, economic and social character, recognise how its past has shaped its present and its present and its present is shaping its future, and understand why it is a place apart.
On the 19th January, the Saltmarsh Coast Programme will be launched with a series of events on The Birds of the Saltmarsh Coast. It will be followed by a series on the Boats of the Saltmarsh Coast.
Birds of the Saltmarsh Coast will help familiarize residents and visitors of all ages with the birdlife of the Saltmarsh Coast and issues associated with changing habitats, land uses and farming practices, ecological changes, changing coastal management and foreshore and saltmarsh access policies, and the interests of birders, wildfowlers and landowners.
The launch event takes place at 7pm on Thursday 19th January, in the Sackhouse. Andrew Bloomfield, author and Warden on the Holkham National Nature Reserve will present an Introduction to the Birds of the Saltmarsh Coast. Tickets costing £2.50 can be reserved on 01328 710885.
The Wells Heritage Programme will feature a Heritage and Learning Centre, an archive, an oral history and memory collection, heritage focused webpages, learning resources for children and adults and special events including a community play, a sculpture trail and living history days. The programme will allow townspeople and visitors to access its past through facilities and activities tailored to their various needs and interests and will enable those who have always lived in Wells and those who have mostly lived elsewhere to connect with the town’s heritage and develop heritage skills through volunteering, staffing and training.
The Saltmarsh Coast Heritage Programme will focus on the area bounded by the coast from Holme to Salthouse and an inland ellipse from Salthouse to Holme that reaches the A148. The Saltmarsh Coast has thirty miles of shoreline, one of Europes largest salt marshes and a network of subtly distinctive villages with partially shared histories, geographies, economies and cultures. It is one of Britains most distinctive coastal areas by virtue of its relative isolation, distinctive land and seascapes and idiosyncratic culture. Yet it lacks a programme to help residents and locals, young and old, learn about the evolution of its geography, geology, geomorphology, ecology, zoology, botany, history, economy, society and culture recognise how its past has shaped its present and how its present is shaping its future; and understand why, just as Norfolk is different from the rest of England, the Saltmarsh Coast is different from the rest of norfolk. The Saltmarsh Coast Heritage Programme will fill a gap.
The pilot projects will start on January 19 with the first in a series of events on the Birds of the Saltmarsh Coast. This project and the project on the Boats of the Saltmarsh Heritage Coast will run through the summer of 2017. They will be followed by pilot projects on Environmental Change on the Saltmarsh Coast, Fishing on the Saltmarsh Coast, Nelson on the Saltmarsh Coast, The Built Heritage of the Slatmarsh Coast and The Saltmarsh Coast at War.