Our new look Marriott's Way website is now live! We're still at the same web address of www.marriottsway.info, but with all new information, ways to get involved, and much more. Keep checking back for new info, blog posts, and what we're up to on the project.
If there is anything you think would be a good addition to the website, please let us know and we will see what we can do.
With a brilliant group of volunteers assembled and trained, the collecting of memories for the project has now well and truly begun. Our first oral history interview has been recorded, and offers up fascinating insights into everything from community history and wartime Norwich, to the destruction of Hellesdon railway bridge. This first interviewee has lived in his Hellesdon home for 53 years, and around Norwich and Mile Cross for more than two decades before that. You can imagine how much change he has seen, and it is already clear how much richer of an understanding of the life (and afterlife) of the railway we can gain from recollections like his. With two more interviews imminent, and plenty more to be booked in, this is only the beginning. Keep your eyes on the website for the opportunity to listen to some of these, and if you’re interested in getting involved yourself then please email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how.
We’ve had a few questions over the last few months about how this project incorporates funding from commercial developers, through planning conditions or ‘Section 106’ agreements. This is a complex area, so we thought it might be useful to clarify.
Both planning conditions and Section 106 agreements, can be used to require a developer to contribute to community infrastructure or provide facilities close to a new development. Usually this is for standalone items, like adding a new play area or landscaping. Sometimes however, the value of this work - where is it closely relevant to other objectives - can be used to match a grant from a funding body like the HLF to form part of a bigger project. This doesn’t mean the developer funding can then be used to pay for any aspect of the funded project though; it can only ever be used to fulfil the exact obligations that were agreed when the planning permission was granted.
On Marriott’s Way this is relevant in a couple of places. One project is at Aylsham, where a section of the trail will be resurfaced and new access points added, serving residents in new developments to the west of the town. The surfacing part of the work in particular would have been outside the scope of the HLF project on its own, but by working together, this section of the trail will end up in very good condition.
Is there anything you'd like to know about this project? Send us in your requests and we'll choose one to answer in the next newsletter.
On our new website we have a blog section which will be updated throughout the life of the project. Full of stories from our team, updates on the project and fun things to get involved with.
Getting 'trained up' on the Marriott's Way Heritage Trail
One of the trainees has written a blog post about what she's been up to over the past couple of weeks. She's really hit the ground running on this project with lots of experience under her belt already. Check out her post here.
There are still many aspects of the history of Marriott’s Way that are yet to be uncovered. So many intriguing threads converge on and along it, and we want to draw them together! The first meeting for anyone interested in undertaking archival research will be on Tuesday 5th December in the Green Room at the Archive Centre, from 10am-12pm. This will introduce themes and areas for research, establish volunteers’ own interests, and divide up tasks accordingly. Everyone is very welcome to come along, whether you are an experienced researcher or just interested in trying something new. To help give us an idea of numbers, please email email@example.com if you’d like to attend.
Local community historian and railway enthusiast Stuart McPherson has already been using his lunch breaks to explore the archives of the Norfolk Heritage Centre, uncovering fascinating photographs and ephemera that will be digitised and recorded as part of the project. Although these can’t yet be made available due to the intricacies of copyright, do take a look at Stuart's Flickr page, featuring some of his excellent ghost photos.