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Young people needed to be heritage heroes and share the history of Norwich’s Guildhall

PUBLISHED: 15:42 19 August 2014

Norwich Guildhall. Photo: Bill Smith.

Norwich Guildhall. Photo: Bill Smith.

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Young people are needed to create a team of heritage heroes to share the stories of Norwich’s historic Guildhall.

Norwich HEART (Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust) is looking for a team of eight to 18-year-olds to spend four days exploring the 15th century building along with some of the events that took place there, The team will then run a history day at the city venue as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days festival next month.

Sarah Power, learning development officer for Norwich HEART, said: “This is a fantastic free opportunity for young people to get creative and have fun, in an incredible building that’s full of stories waiting for you to discover – come and be our Heritage Heroes!”

Norwich Guildhall was the centre of city government from the early 15th century until its replacement by City Hall in 1938.

It now houses Norwich HEART and Caley’s cafe, but it previously contained a court, prison and a chapel.

The Heritage Heroes - who will meet from August 26 to 29 - will look at the 1839 court case of eight-year-old William Tuck who was sentenced to seven years transportation for stealing empty bottles from Norwich Market. They will also work together to uncover the mysteries of the stained glass in the Mayor’s Council Chamber, and explore the Guildhall’s undercroft and cells.

Then next month the Heritage Heroes will take over The Guildhall on Saturday, September 13 for a special Heritage Open Days event. The team will greet the public, re-enact the trial of William Tuck, deliver a tour, and run a stained glass crafts session.

All members of the Heritage Heroes team will earn the Explore Arts Award (Level 3), a nationally recognised award.

• To book a place on the Heritage Heroes team or for more information, email

• Each year Heritage Open Days aims to inspire people to discover the secret heritage of Norwich and Norfolk. For the full list of the free Heritage Open Days events that are taking place in Norwich and beyond between September 11 and 14 visit or pick up a Heritage Open Days brochure.

• Are you involved in a new heritage arts project? Email arts correspondent Emma Knights at

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