Day of Archaeology 2013: Norfolk Monuments Management Project

Medieval moated site, South Norfolk © Norfolk County Council

Medieval moated site, South Norfolk © Norfolk County Council

The Norfolk Monuments Management Project was established in August 1990 to encourage the sustainable management of Norfolk’s field monuments and their conservation for future generations. From the start it has been a partnership project, with input from Norfolk County Council, English Heritage and a wide range of land managers, organisations and local authorities.

The project primarily focuses on sites with surviving earthworks, although below-ground archaeological remains, historic buildings and landscapes regularly fall under its remit. Advice is provided on heritage management and meetings are often held with land managers. With support from English Heritage the project is able offer grant funding and management agreements to support positive work on selected sites. In addition, every Higher Level Stewardship applicant with land in Norfolk can benefit from project advice and guidance. The project also involves volunteers in monitoring the condition of earthworks.

As Project Manager, my work can vary considerably day to day. Today has been a relatively typical day with a range of activities:

0830 – visit to medieval moated site in South Norfolk. With the farm manager and a Natural England adviser, I discussed the future management of the site under a Higher Level Stewardship scheme. Issues considered included sheep and cattle grazing, fencing and the coppicing of bushes.

1020 – delivery of environmental sample from a field investigation to an environmental specialist.

1115 – arrival at the office. Completed my paperwork and downloaded photographs relating to site visit. Checked emails. Assessed woodland grant scheme application for historic environment implications.

After lunch – work on brief for a condition survey and specification for repairs to a medieval cross. Checked emails. Discussed archaeological implications of a river management scheme with an archaeological contractor.

David Robertson, Historic Environment Officer (Countryside), Norfolk County Council