Norfolk Marshes

‘Banjo’ restored (1985-2019)

Philip had many jobs through his life. His passion has been restoring  1897 wooden steamboat, Banjo, which is he runs on the Broads. Banjo has connections with the Colman family. I was born in Norwich in 1939. Shortly afterwards we moved from Poringland to Ruskington in Lincolnshire as my father was at RAF Cranwell; strangely […]

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A better future for people and wildlife (1960s – 2019)

David North has been passionate about wildlife since he was a boy. His role as head of people and wildlife at Norfolk Wildlife Trust combined managing the Trust’s education and engagement, and conservation teams. The main factors that wildlife is in trouble are habitat loss, climate change, pollution, non-native invasive species and over exploitation of […]

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A life in sugar beet – from Scotland to Norfolk

Alex Mason spent his whole working life in the sugar beet industry, starting in Scotland and finishing in Cantley in Norfolk.  He was employed in many factories from Shropshire to Iran and has seen a big change in working conditions and practices.   I grew up on a farm in Fife, in Scotland and we […]

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A life on the Broads with boats and mills

Paul has spent most of his working life working on the Broads, building and fitting out boats, including working on world speed record holding boats. He has also had a long interest in the restoration for the mills of the Broads, which led to him owning a local mill and helping restore and repair several […]

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A life on the waves: barges and coasters (1960-2019)

Robin worked on cargo-carrying coastal barges in the 1960s and 70s. Later he became a River Inspector for the Broads Authority. Early life I was born in Chingford but grew up in Walthamstow. Every summer my two aunts took me on holiday to Gorleston, for two weeks. That’s when I first got interested in the […]

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A life’s trickle with the water (1953-2019)

Kim was born in Potter Heigham and has grown up on the Broads. Many generations of his family going back to the 1700s have lived and worked on the Broads. He has worked on wherries with his father, picked fruit with his grandmother and transported the Caen stone on the wherry Albion into Norwich during […]

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A long career in boatbuilding (1960s – 2019)

Early days in Norwich and two weeks holiday a year We lived in Norwich just off Riverside Road, right close to the river. I was born in April 1947, after a harsh winter. I had one brother who was a year older than me, though we were so different and did our own thing. My […]

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A Man of the Marshes (1947 – 2018)

I was born in Rockland St Mary, in the old Post Office row, in 1947. I had two sisters and one brother.  I just got one sister left now. Before my dad went into the army he was brickmaking with his dad on the estate in Blickling. Then after the war was over he came […]

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