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 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.

History and Health at Caistor Roman Town

Introducing the start of another exciting project! Exploring Caistor Roman Town is about archaeology, creativity and wellbeing that invites you to be part of a small group of people from Norwich who take this journey together.

You will explore ‘Venta Icenorum’,once the biggest Roman town in East Anglia, with experts from Caistor Roman Project, and get creative with artist Ian Brownlie. It will be interesting, adventurous, safe and fun.

Our first session will be on Wednesday 25th August at 11am until 2pm. We will be holding five fortnightly sessions with Zoom catch-ups on the Wednesdays inbetween.

To find out more, you can visit the Caistor Roman Project website by clicking HERE:

If you’re interested in signing up please contact Darren France, Coordinator, by phone on 07905 517906, or by email at


Out of the Darkness into Light – a Human Henge Online evaluation report by Jane Willis

We’re delighted to publish Out of Darkness into Light, Human Henge Online, an evaluation report by Jane Willis, Willis Newson. 


A Human Henge Online Pantoum
Stuck indoors during lockdown, there isn’t much joy,
So, yes, this was the light out of the darkness.
Those packages were worth so much. Hugs in the post.
I felt like I was in the room with all of you.

So, yes, this was the light out of the darkness,
That beautiful connection that we had every week,
I felt like I was in the room with all of you.
I noticed how much other people were hurting.

That beautiful connection that we had every week.
I feel so small in the history of the world.
I noticed how much other people were hurting.
I won’t ever forget this.

I feel so small in the history of the world.
Those packages were worth so much.
Hugs in the post. I won’t ever forget this,
Stuck indoors during lockdown, there isn’t much joy.

Compiled from words shared during the Human Henge Online Evaluation Focus Group

Special thanks to Jane Willis and our partners English Heritage, Richmond Fellowship, Bournemouth University, Cultural Recovery Fund and National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Burgh Castle Almanac Experience Meet-Up

Not long now until the next Burgh Castle Almanac Experience meet-up on Tuesday 13th July 2021. We’ll be joined by local artist Sue Tyler for a captivating walk around the Burgh Castle Fort site – hopefully the weather will be as lovely as it was last time!

Burgh Castle Almanac Experience is an archaeology, creative and wellbeing programme based at Burgh Castle Roman Fort. If you are interested in signing up for our next session, please email For more information, you can visit the Burgh Castle Almanac website HERE:

We’re also on social media! You can find us on Facebook HERE: and on Instagram HERE:

Real patients, real stories…

What makes ‘Dr Hills’ Casebook’ such a moving narrative is the collection of real experiences from the patients of the Norfolk County Asylum. The characters are brought to life by the dedicated research of the participants paired with the remarkable story-telling of the UpShoot Theatre Company, as we get to experience what living in the Victorian asylum was truly like. The play reflects on mental health today through the lens of Dr Hills’ practice. Using history and theatre, it tackles vital issues about the quality of care available to people now, as demand grows and services retreat.

A Q & A at the end of performances is a chance to hear from participants about their experience of co-creation, from writer Belona Greenwood, director Laila France and lead researcher Richard Johnson. Other members of the project team, including Norfolk County Archivist Gary Tuson and the Restoration Trust’s Director Laura Drysdale will be on hand to answer questions about Change Minds.

To book your free tickets for the upcoming screening of ‘Dr Hills’ Casebook,’ please click here:

Dr Hills’ Casebook: The story of a doctor and the people he cared for

‘Dr Hills’ Casebook’ is a play from UpShoot Theatre Company, developed from our Dr Hills’ Casebook partnership project with Norfolk Record Office and Change Minds, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and NORAH. From the research of Richard Johnson and members of the project, and the writing of Belona Greenwood, comes a story about Dr. William Charles Hills, the Medical Superintendent of Norfolk County Asylum from 1861-1887.

The play tells the story of how Dr. Hills cared for his many patients, in a period of great poverty and negligible health and social care, and compares it with mental health treatment today. Richard’s interest was ignited by ‘the humane and gentle approach that Dr. Hills took in his work’, and it led to ‘what has become 2 years of research at the Norfolk Record Office into an inspiring man’. Richard produced an Aide Memoire documenting life in the asylum and is creating a future biography of Dr. Hills.

A filmed production of ‘Dr Hills’ Casebook’ will be streaming live on the following dates:

  • Thursday 17th June 2021 – 7.30pm
  • Friday 18th June 2021 – 7.30pm
  • Sunday 20th June 2021 – 7.30pm
  • Thursday 24th June 2021 – 7.30pm
  • Friday 25th June 2021 – 7.30pm

These events are free to attend, they will be streaming on Zoom and will include a live Q&A with members of the project.

Tickets are available here:

For more information about ‘Dr Hills’ Casebook’, please visit the UpShoot Theatre Company website here:

You can also read Richard Johnson’s Aide Memoire on Dr Hills here:

The poster for Dr Hills' Casebook, with a sepia old map of Norfolk behind a blurred image of men and women in Victorian period clothing. The poster reads "Dr Hills' Casebook: A story of a Doctor and the people he cared for. He showed compassion in a Victorian Asylum, leaving an extraordinary legacy for today. Streaming June 2021. Premiere 17th June 7:30pm, 18th June 7:30pm, 20th June 7:30pm, 24th June 7:30pm, 25th June 7:30pm." A section in smaller print at the bottom of the poster reads, "A new play by Belona Greenwood with Dr Hills' Casebook members, produced and performed by UpShoot Theatre Company, filmed by Julian Claxton."

A Reason to Celebrate! (with John Durrant)

BREAKING NEWS! To celebrate our recent grant from The National Lottery Community Fund, we are delighted to share this heart-warming blog entry by John Durrant, a driving force behind the Burgh Castle Almanac and one of our Expert Advisory Board members. If you would like to read more of John’s entries, you can visit his blog here:


Hey everyone. I hope you’re all well and in good mental health today. I’m going to talk to you about some very exciting news I received on Friday, 19 March, by phone call…

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