Norfolk Marshes

A Water Way of Life (2016)

When I was eight years old, my parents wanted to get away from the bombing over London and so moved to near Reading, quite near to the Thames and I used to spend a lot of time there. We had a dinghy and I spent a lot of time at the local lock and got […]

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A Wheatfen childhood

A Wheatfen childhood In a wide ranging interview with WISEArchive, Suzie Hanna provides a fascinating insight about her childhood experiences growing up on Wheatfen Broad as a child of the well-known Ted and Phyllis Ellis. I’m the youngest of five children, born at Wheatfen Broad near Surlingham in November 1953. Russell Sewell also lived here, […]

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An unspoiled childhood by the River Yare (1940s to present)

Julia describes her post-war childhood and family life down Griffin Lane, by the River Yare, in Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich. Life on a houseboat Mum and Dad got married at Thorpe St Andrew’s church and their first home was on a houseboat. I remember Mum saying she steered the motorboat, towing the houseboat behind. My […]

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Artist Ambassador for the Broads

David Dane is an internationally recognized artist, known for painting ethereal, atmospheric depictions of the Norfolk Broads. He grew up in Norfolk and pursued his love for his environment through his profession of painting. He is active in the protection of the Norfolk Broads and the wildlife that resides within it. Growing up in Norfolk […]

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Best job ever out on the marshes

When I was about nine years old I started going down Norton marshes with my dad duck shooting from the first of September. We shot mallard and geese, which would have been greylags or Canadas. We always ate them. We were a family of eight and that used to feed us all. We would go […]

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Boats, mills and marshes

David was born and brought up on the Broads and worked for the yacht and hire fleets. His passion for windpumps led him to team up with Paul Reynolds to restore Mutton’s Mill, a labour of love for 40 years. I was born in this house in December 1943. I went to Acle Village Primary until […]

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Bringing the story of the Broads alive (1996 to date)

Life before the Museum I had a fairly nomadic childhood. I was born in Somerset in the 1960s, lived briefly in Bristol, moved to Ireland then actually grew up in Australia. I came back to the UK to do my A levels and took my first degree in Northampton where I majored in History with […]

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Broads heritage – working at Hunter’s Yard today

Ian Grapes has spent most of his working life at Hunter’s Yard building, maintaining and repairing wooden sailing boats, for hire, using traditional skills and craftsmanship.  I grew up in Ludham and went to school in the village and then at Stalham. I was sixteen when I left school, did engineering for one year at college […]

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Broads heritage – Hunter’s Yard history. Early days.

The water was very clean at one point because there were very few motor cruisers. At one time you could see all the water lilies growing and you could see the bottom in places. But once the motor cruiser started going up and down the river they churned the water up and then that got […]

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Broads History – Looking backward from forward

I am a professor emeritus of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia [UEA]. I did my PhD on the Norfolk Broads between 1965 and 1967 as a graduate student in King’s College Cambridge and came to the University of East Anglia in 1974. I will give a little bit of the history of […]

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