Hello everyone! I’m Jess (she/her), an MA Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies student at UEA. I’m doing my placement at Hungate over the Easter break because I’m passionate about Norfolk’s stunning local heritage. I’m excited to be involved in the process of preparing this season’s events!
On Saturday 1st April, Hungate opened its doors for the first time this year, and I was on-site to greet the public and experience a day in the life of its volunteers. Hungate is a site that is rich in medieval culture and its character clearly shines through the architecture and objects inside and outside of the building; from its glorious stained glass windows to its beautifully carved 15th-century pews, the catalpa tree in its budding garden to its beloved ‘tooth fairy’ (an image of St Apollonia, pictured below).
It was a jam-packed day, with visits from families, students and even some blackbirds! The volunteers got stuck in with telling the story of Hungate’s illustrious history, and some brass rubbings too. Engaging with the community of Norwich and the smaller community of Hungate’s volunteers was extremely rewarding, and I am keen for another Saturday spent with them all!