The symbolic drainage mills and pumping stations of the Broads are one part of our rich and long heritage. The Broads has one of the best collections of drainage mills in the country but they are desperately in need of some tender loving care.
Water, Mills and Marshes will offer the chance to record the mills we have. If we don’t record what we have then we won’t know if we lose it. Bur far from losing it Water, Mills and Marshes will have incredible opportunities for construction industry students in Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft to learn how they can use their skills in the heritage building industry. With specialist training and best of all a chance to get hands on experience, both the students and the mills will benefit. There will even be apprenticeships available.
For the non-builders amongst us, Water, Mills and Marshes will develop new “Broads Mill” trails helping people to understand their industrial heritage as they explore their landscape.
But heritage in the Broads’ landscape isn’t limited to the mills. It also includes trade and industry. The Broads produced chalk, lime, salt, reeds and clay. For centuries, Norwich was England’s second city because of the wealth created from the wool and weaving industries.
Broads’ clay became bricks in a brickyard at Somerleyton which became parts of London Liverpool Street. From this wild and remote landscape to a train station in London which supports about 70 million journeys a year.
Not all of the Broads’ heritage is as obvious as its mills. The ”Hidden Heritage” project will train volunteers to record our watery heritage in and along our waterways such as wrecks and boatyards. This together with the recording of tales from the past will lead to guided walks for us all to learn more about the Broads’ heritage.
“Life on Marsh” will collect the history of people whose livelihood was the grazing marshes. This will become part of a hands-on travelling exhibition sharing the heritage of the Broads.
A grants scheme will allow local people to apply for funding to make their own heritage ideas become reality.
Water, Mills and Marshes will connect the people of the Broads, including schoolchildren, with their heritage so they can appreciate its importance, enjoy it and help protect it for future generations.