St Benet's Abbey:
Conservation, Community & Access Project

The Norfolk Archaeological Trust secured Heritage Lottery funding for a two-year project (May 2012 - May 2014) to conserve the mill, medieval gatehouse, ruined church and precinct walls at this atmospheric site in the heart of the Norfolk Broads.

Davison Conservation managed the access and interpretation elements of the project to improve access for all, including:
  • on-site interpretation panels
  • a new website and audio guide
  • a series of day schools and events
  • links to trails for walkers, cyclists and people visiting by boat. 
Over 40 workshops have run throughout the project attended by over three hundred different people. Subjects ranged from understanding and conserving historic landscapes; learning how to do archive research, medieval graffiti, molehills and wildlife surveying, drawing and painting; the life of monks; medieval music, practical conservation skills and training to be a Visitor Guide. 

Almost two hundred people went on to carry out voluntary activities, such as research, writing content, surveying graffiti, molehills and wildlife, clearing scrub, planting hedging, stewarding events and rehearsing for the Ideas of Flight performances in June 2014. A team of Visitor Guides now lead regular tours of the site.

The project aimed to establish strong volunteer involvement to secure the future sustainability of the site. A Friends of St Benet’s Abbey group was established by volunteers in June 2014. 

External site: St Benet's Abbey