Heritage Link Worker job description

Job Title:                      Heritage Link Worker

Location:                      Great Yarmouth

Salary:                          £22,000 pro rata

Contract:                      Fixed term 2 Years (4 days a week) from March 2022

Reporting to:                Restoration Trust Project Manager

The Restoration Trust has a grant from Historic England to pilot a Heritage Link Worker role that will be a way for local people who are referred to social prescribing services to access interesting heritage activities for their mental health and wellbeing.

It is a pilot project and there will be opportunities to suggest, develop and implement ideas which will forward the Restoration Trust and Historic England’s aim to make heritage an integral part of provision for people with mental health problems.

We welcome applications from people from black, brown and minoritised communities, as they are under-represented in our organisation, and also from people who have lived experience of mental health challenges. 

Job Description

This role will involve connecting people with heritage activities in Great Yarmouth and Waveney, so that we can support people living with mental health problems by encouraging their participation in heritage. We believe that enjoyable experiences of heritage will strengthen people’s sense of belonging to their place and community. 

Job Responsibilities:

  • To work across the Great Yarmouth Borough Council and East Suffolk Council areas, including in the Heritage Action Zones in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.
  • Co-locate with our Social Prescribing Health partners in the locality, providing dedicated time to referrals, sharing information with other Link Workers, linking referrals to heritage activities and assisting sustained contact between referrals and these activities.
  • Connect with primary care and wellbeing services, collaborating as part of the wider multi-disciplinary structure within the locality.
  • Build relationships with social prescribing networks and local Voluntary, community and social enterprises (VCSE), encouraging partnerships to develop new heritage-related opportunities. 
  • Connect and build relationships with key heritage and associated agencies such as our funders Historic England and agencies including the Broads Authority, Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust and local museums, archaeology and archives services in Great Yarmouth and Waveney.
  • Contribute to the Restoration Trust’s mapping of local heritage and related resources, and of health and social care referrers, thereby identifying gaps and opportunities.
  • Gather data for Evaluation, assist in active learning and assessing the impact of the project on the health and community engagement of people who have used the service (following the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018)
  • Contribute to reports and documents created by the project, including to Historic England, as part of Evaluation, and developing guidance on heritage engagement for social prescribing.

Job Requirements

  • A keen desire to support people, especially those dealing with mental health problems.
  • Good people skills and the ability to quickly connect with others to get them the help they need.
  • Experience of supporting people in community, health, social care or information and advice settings.
  • A sound knowledge of the Great Yarmouth and Waveney Area and of local heritage
  • An interest in history and in working to involve a wider range of people with heritage. 
  • Ability to work flexibly from home and in other locations.
  • Ability to learn quickly and understand what you need to do within your role.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Good IT skills with the ability to find and record information quickly and efficiently.
  • GCSEs in English and Mathematics will be advantageous.
  • Good organisational and communication skills.


Apply with a CV and covering letter by email to laura@restorationtrust.org.uk

Closing date for applications Monday 31st January at 5pm.

Interviews online Friday 18th February.

Heritage Link Worker in post before Friday 1st April.



The Burgh Castle Almanac wellbeing walking group has been in existence since 2018. Over three successful years, working with the Norfolk Archaeological Trust and local mental health services, the BCA has met every fortnight. We are often joined by artists, archaeologists, naturalists and musicians, who enrich members’ enjoyment of the Burgh Castle site, while also helping to encourage positive mental health.

In 2019, the BCA began making our own film about the Burgh Castle Almanac’s activities, The Return of Happy Times, with local filmmaker Julian Claxton. With Covid restrictions relaxed, we are starting to present screenings of the film throughout Norfolk and Suffolk. We hope that other parts of the country will take up the BCA model for wellbeing groups, and the film is seen as a major factor in achieving that aim.

After the screening, there will be a Q and A with BCA members. Tickets are FREE and can be obtained through Eventbrite via The Forum’s web page about the event: https://theforumnorwich.co.uk/whats-on/the-return-of-happy-times-film-screening?start_time=2021-11-26T15.00.

Dr Hills’ Casebook: The Anthology

We are delighted to release the much anticipated Dr. Hills’ Casebook: The Anthology, a collection of patient case studies, stories and creative responses by members of the Change Minds: Dr Hills’ Casebook community. 

Dr Hills’ Casebook was a heritage and creativity project that ran from 2019-2021. It was designed by the Restoration Trust and the Norfolk Record Office, in partnership with South Norfolk and Broadland Councils and UpShoot Theatre Company. The project was intended to support the wellbeing of people living with mental health challenges, and to stimulate public conversation by comparing past and present treatments. It was funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Norfolk Archives and Heritage Development Foundation (NORAH).

Continue reading “Dr Hills’ Casebook: The Anthology”

The Return of Happy Times: Film Screenings!

We are delighted to announce that we will be screening our film ‘The Return of Happy Times’, a chance for us to celebrate our Burgh Castle Almanac with each other and the public.

‘The Return of Happy Times’ is a documentary film that explores the BCA success story and the positive impact it’s had on mental health. The showing of the film will be followed by a Q&A with members of the project and will be screening at the following venues:

STEAM House Cafe, Gorleston-On-Sea
Thursday 11th November

Address: STEAM House Cafe, 140 Highstreet, Gorleston-On-Sea, Great Yarmouth, NR31 6RB
Contact: steamgy@accessct.org, 01493 804470

The Forum, Norwich
Friday 26th November

Address: The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1TF
Contact: info@theforumnorwich.co.uk, 01603 727950

Leaflet for 'The Return of Happy Times'

Creatively Minded and Heritage: Report Launch

Join the Baring Foundation, The Restoration Trust & the National Lottery Heritage Fund to talk about mental health, heritage & creativity!

A woman is looking through a historical document with drawings in it, rested on a cushion.

Creatively Minded and Heritage is a new report commissioned by the Baring Foundation and compiled by the Restoration Trust. Through 18 case studies, the report showcases excellent practice across multiple art forms, heritage assets, inclusive, people-centred approaches, organisational structures and health settings to demonstrate how all heritage can be used creatively to improve people’s mental health and community connections nationwide.

The Baring Foundation and the Restoration Trust with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund are holding an online launch for the report on 23rd November 3pm – 4.30pm.

To find out more, you can view our Eventbrite page by clicking HERE.

Like Minds Norfolk – Extraction

In our latest Like Minds Norfolk project, we have been looking at extraction in the local area, investigating the impact it has by visiting sites such as Blackborough End and taking part in an art workshop at the GroundWork Gallery.

What is Extraction?

The practice of taking resources out of the earth has become one of the biggest problems of the modern world. Everything we live in, walk on and touch daily is somehow extracted from the earth.

The built environment is made from stone extraction; oil, gas, coal for transport and industry comes from drilling, mining and fracking; a whole cocktail of extracted minerals are used in electronics. Mobile phones alone contain copper, nickel, lithium, tungsten, cobalt, tellurium and manganese. The scale of natural resource extraction, even for the so-called environmental technologies like wind turbines and electric cars, is staggering and imposing incredible and increasing stress on the earth.

‘Extraction: Art on the Edge of the Abyss, Extraction: the context,’ GroundWork Gallery website

Blackborough End Extraction Reflections

Here is a video by artist Ian Brownlie, who we have been working with during these visits.

Extraction: Art on the Edge of the Abyss

Currently, the GroundWork Gallery is running a programme about what we take from the Earth, involving an incredibly thought-provoking exhibition which we visited during one of our sessions.

‘This programme is part of Extraction: Art on the Edge of the Abyss, a United States-based initiative begun in Montana. It is now a global coalition, a multimedia, multi-venue, cross-border art intervention which seeks to provoke societal change by exposing and interrogating the negative social and environmental consequences of industrialised natural resource extraction.’

‘Extraction: Art on the Edge of the Abyss, Art on the Edge of the Abyss,’ GroundWork Gallery website

If you would like to learn more about GroundWork’s involvement and exhibition, you can visit their website HERE.

I saw how far we’ve come; In other ways, we haven’t – a Dr Hills’ Casebook evaluation report by Professor (Emerita) Karen McArdle 

Here is our latest evaluation report, I saw how far we’ve come, in other ways, we haven’t by Professor (Emerita) Karen McArdle, about our Change Minds collaborative theatre project, Dr Hills’ Casebook.


Special thanks to Karen McArdle and our partners Norfolk Record Office, the UpShoot Theatre Company, NORAH, South Norfolk Council, Broadland District Council and National Lottery Heritage Fund.

MY DR HILLS’ CASEBOOK (Entry 17) : A blog by Robert Fairclough

The seventeenth instalment of Robert Fairclough’s blog about our Change Minds project, Dr. Hills’ Casebook, uniting history, mental health, creative writing and theatre.

My Dr Hills’ Casebook (17)

I was staggered to see that my last post went up on 26 May i.e. nearly four months ago. Such a lot has happened since then. We had the online screenings of the ‘Dr Hills’ Casebook’ film which, apart from some initial technical hiccups, went really well. I think it’s a towering achievement by everyone concerned and should be seen by anyone remotely interested in local history and mental health (or both). The whole play can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIL8cSK5IEM&t=652s

After that, I was more or less straight into the design of ‘Dr Hills’ Casebook – The Anthology’, a compilation publication of case studies which provided the basis of the characters seen in the play, photographs, essays, creative writing and interviews with the play’s cast and crew. It’s a celebration of the Dr Hills’ project, designed as a keepsake for the group members; an intimate memoir, if you like. Reading through it, it’s moving and humbling to see how, through the research experience, those involved have come to terms with their own personal issues, have turned positives into negatives and grown as people. I include myself among their number.

Continue reading “MY DR HILLS’ CASEBOOK (Entry 17) : A blog by Robert Fairclough”

New dates for Burgh Castle Almanac Experience

The Burgh Castle Almanac Experience continues next Tuesday 14th September as part of the Norfolk Heritage Open Days 2021!

New Session Dates and Times

Tuesday 14th September 2021
11AM – 1PM

Tuesday 11th January 2022
11AM – 1PM

If you’re interested in booking a place, please email info@restorationtrust.org.uk or, for more information, you can visit our Facebook page by clicking the link below.

Visit our Burgh Castle Almanac Experience Facebook Page – CLICK HERE!


Please be aware that we will continue to be following Covid guidelines so you will need to bring a mask to enter the Village Hall, unless you have an exemption. We kindly ask that everyone respects social distancing and other people’s personal space when attending our events. Thank you.