Norfolk Marshes

Third generation marshland farmer with Scottish roots (1920s-2019)

Peter farms on marshland in Norfolk. Like many others, his grandfather came from Scotland in 1922 and farmed the marginally better land to be found in Norfolk. Unusually he is a commuting farmer, living in Norwich and going to his base in Norton Subcourse every day.  From Scotland to Norfolk My grandfather came from Scotland, […]

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Thurne Mill and the Wind Energy Museum (1960s-2019)

Debra grew up visiting the Norfolk Broads on family holidays and now runs the Wind Energy Museum at Thurne Mill. She took on her role at the mill after its previous owner Bob Morse saw her passion and asked her to take over. With the mill as a backdrop Debra has also created a social […]

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Wanderings of a Naturalist (1940s-2019)

Having studied natural history for most of his life Roy joined the Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists’ Society in 1966, becoming secretary soon after. I grew up in the Second World War. My father was a Bristol Channel pilot, and therefore the hours kept in our house depended on which ships were coming up the Channel […]

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Wherry good times in Norfolk (1970s – 2018)

Brenda recounts the evolution of pleasure wherries on the Norfolk Broads and shares her knowledge of the training required for traditional wherry sailing. I don’t know if I qualify as a Norfolk person to talk about the marshes with any authority because I didn’t come here until I was 35. I’m more of a Kent/Sussex […]

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Wildlife conservation on the Broads (1950s-2019)

Rodney grew up near the river in south Norfolk. He studied zoology and geography and lived for a time in Australia where he was the environmental representative on the Macquarie River Advisory Committee. He compares the area to the Broads. More recently he has been involved with bird surveys and remembers the coypu eradication campaigns. […]

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