Project information

Bacton-on-Sea: Places+People+Events=History

To collate and preserve material about the local history of Bacton-on-Sea, Norfolk and engage the wider public via exhibitions, membership of the local history group, digital and printed or printed media. This is a co-operation between the village hall trust and local history group.

Initially 6 months to set up, but will be ongoing

Charity information

Bacton-on-Sea Village Hall

Bacton-on-Sea Village Hall logo
  • Need


    The importance of preserving local history for future generations.
    Engage the villagers in creating a visual - printed material, online and story boards exhibition, which in turn can encourage others to approach history through local places, people and events.
    Cutting across age groups and engage the young as well as the old on various levels.


    The material will be preserved for the future and presented in a visual exhibition, which will increase knowledge and encourage engagement.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Collect, catalogue and preserve local historical material.


    » Form a local history group.
    » Collate material
    » Catalogue material.

    Success will be...keeping adding to the material and archive and catalogue it in a manner which makes it accessible to all.

    Aim 2

    Engage as many people as possible.


    » Create a website.
    » Produce printed material.
    » Set up a 'travelling' exhibition and do talks.

    Success will be...Get the participation of different age groups and get the exhibition 'on the road'.

    Aim 3

    Communicating the relevance of local history.


    » Engage the public on various levels through all of the previous aims and activities.

    Success will be...Encourage others to reserach their local or family history or actively engage in other history related projects.

  • Impact


    Engage a number of local people in the local history club.
    Show the exhibition in a number of public spaces - village halls, libraries, council offices etc.
    Keep adding knowledge to the collection.


    The basic material and exhibition will be in place. The only risk would be that it fails to engage as many people - outside the local area - as hoped for or that the exhibition will take longer than expected to put together, due to lack of funding.
    Lack of funding would delay the project, but it is not time restricted.
    Engagements of people could happen through other outlets, e.g. schools and older peoples clubs.


    Via our website

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £2,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £700 printing of boards printing of 12 photo and 12 text A3 story boards
      £500 printing of leaflets printing of 1000 A5 8 page mono leaflets to accompany the exhibition
      £900 laptop and data projector to use both at the exhibitions for loop runs of our 300+ old postcards and during club meetings and
      £200 printing additional runs of leaflets
      £200 travel support to be able to offer mileage money for any long travel in connection with the exhibition.
  • Background


    The project is located at the Bacton-on-Sea Village Hall, a registered charity, where the hall trustees are the custodians of the historical material and any equipment. This is seen as the best way to ensure preservation for the long term future.
    Eventually the exhibition will be travelling to other locations for shorter periods.


    The village with around 1200 inhabitants has only recently improved from being in the top 20% most deprived areas in England. It is still very rural with pockets of deprivation, especially access related. As is typical for North Norfolk, it has a high percentage of inhhabitants aged 60+. It is going to be a 'coastal service village' with additional new housing and our first school is gaining primary status. It is in a vulnerable location with coastal ersosion.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    For long term permanency, the village hall is the most secure place to locate the project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Pamela MacDonald - Volunteer

    Pamela is the initiator and chairman of the history group, with a keen interest in the local history. Also village hall trustee.

    Jo Arnold - Volunteer

    Jo is the research secretary, with a background in teaching and arts, also a fellow hall trustee. She is very creative.

    Andy Gray - Volunteer

    Andy is the creator of our website and a very hands-on researcher, who is very good on the computer and in getting things done.

    Valerie Campbell - Volunteer

    Valerie is a local lady, born and bred in the village - invaluable in her knowledge about past people and places.