Norfolk Marshes

Best job ever out on the marshes (1980s-2018)

Paul recounts his life working on the marshes as a marshman. 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 […]

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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 power to the marshes (1961-2019)

Kerry worked for Eastern Electricity for many years before setting up his own company providing helicopter surveys. He describes the challenges of installing and maintaining overhead and underground cables on the marshes. Early life I was born in June 1945 in Stoke on Trent. Both my parents were born there and my grandfather ran a […]

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Bringing the story of the Broads alive (1996-2019)

Nicola is the first curator at the museum of the Broads, part of her remit was to increase visitor numbers to the museum. Nicola introduced the highly successful Heritage Open Days and the museum puts on a special exhibition every year.   Life before the Museum I had a fairly nomadic childhood. I was born in […]

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Changing times at Cox’s boatyard (1970s to present)

Eric talks about his life with boats and the history of Cox’s boatyard on Barton Broad, Norfolk In my early life my father was a great sailor. He used to sail a lot of the little dinghies around the Broads with his brother and then he taught me how to sail in the good old […]

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Changing times in farming (1930s to today)

Henry is a Norfolk farmer, his ancestors came from Scotland to Norfolk. He talks about his working life and the changes which have occurred since his family arrived on the marshes. The early days: farmers move from Scotland to Norfolk How it started was predominantly my predecessors came to Norfolk and parts of Suffolk from […]

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