Norfolk update

As a County Archaeologist, as well as dealing with Norfolk’s wonderful heritage (and I do think that I have one of the best jobs in the county), here are just a few of the other matters that just happen to have crossed my desk this morning:-

*  Briefing a County Councillor on the latest findings on a particular site, currently under investigation, about which she’d been contacted by local “concerned” residents.  Never underestimate the value of keeping local people and politicians “in the loop” and informed about the value of the work that we do in the historic environment.  Advocacy pays dividends!

*  Some Equalities e-learning.  Along with many local authorities we will be reviewing services as we set our budgets for the next few years, and any changes may be subject to Equalities Impact Assessments.

*  A local heritage trust asking if we can help them with the funding of some steps up the mound of a castle in their ownership.

*  Someone seems to have just done something which is preventing an increasing number of my team accessing our networked database, the Norfolk Historic Environment Record.  Hard to do much work without it, so that needs to be sorted by our IT people a.s.a.p.  For an online version of the HER see

*  More about former RAF Coltishall and, specifically, the County Council’s latest plans for Battle of Britain Day and where the Spitfire (Battle of Britain Memorial Flight from Lincolnshire) will be flying!

*  Shortlisting for a post in the County Council’s natural environment team, with whom we work very closely of course.

David Gurney, Historic Environment Manager (County Archaeologist), Norfolk County Council