Families will have the chance to learn more about the fascinating history of Norwich’s Guildhall, at a free event on Saturday 8th August run by Norwich Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART).
The day will be inspired by the myths and legends of dragons which have played a role in the building’s history and will also link to the interactive arts sculpture trail –GoGoDragons! – which is currently around the streets of Norwich. One of the project’s ‘Heritage Seven’ dragons – Ascalon – is based by the market-side of the Guildhall and features a striking design inspired by the Guildhall’s outstanding flint work on its exterior.
The Discover in a Day event will include:
<>‘A Dragon Drama’: costumed family fun with George and the Dragon
<>A ‘Keep it Going GoGoDragon!’ Comic Strip activity
<>The Guildhall ‘Discover in a Day’ trail activity
<>‘Knapped, Flushed and Galleted’: meet John Lord, master of the art of flint knapping, as he demonstrates and describes the Guildhall’s exterior
<>Dragon-inspired refreshments and a dragon colouring competition for children at Caleys Cocoa Café, in the Guildhall’s Georgian courtroom.
The Guildhall is one of the Norwich 12 buildings, a collection of outstanding heritage buildings which span 1,000 years of history. It is England's largest and most elaborate medieval city hall outside London and was central to civic and judicial life for more than 600 years. The building features the Sheriff of Norwich's parlour, former courtrooms, cells and a 14th-century undercroft.
HEART’s Education Development Officer, Sarah Power, who is running the event, said: “This promises to be a really fun and hands-on day and we think it would make a great stopover for dragon-hunters who are following the GoGoDragons! trail around the city. The Guildhall is one of the most visible historic landmarks in the city but many people have never been inside it, so this event will be a great opportunity for people to see the magnificent rooms, get stuck into some fun activities and learn something too.”
The drop-in event runs from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, 8th August with activities throughout the day and is free and has generously been funded by the Paul Bassham Charitable Trust. However there will also be the opportunity for children to achieve a Discover Arts Award (a nationally recognised accreditation) for £3.50. Participants will use their Guildhall Discover Arts Award logs to demonstrate what they have discovered, found and shared about their day and will receive their Arts Award Certificate shortly afterwards in the post.
The Heritage Seven dragons are part of a special project managed by Eastern Region Media Community Interest Company (ERM CIC) and have been developed by artists working with local community groups. The proceeds of the GoGoDragons! project will fund the valuable work of Norfolk charity Break, which supports vulnerable children, young people and families across East Anglia.
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About Norwich HEART
Norwich’s Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART) is an independent charitable organisation which champions remarkable heritage in Norwich and beyond. Working in collaboration with local and European partners, we have helped to contribute to the local and regional economy through heritage regeneration, tourism and major cultural events.