EDP's vast archives are opened up as part of Heritage Open Days
PUBLISHED: 09:12 09 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:13 09 September 2017
Copyright: Archant 2017
Archives spanning more than a century of the region’s history were opened up to the public as dozens of people took tours of Archant’s headquarters in Norwich.
Prospect House, where the Eastern Daily Press (EDP) and Norwich Evening News are produced, took around 90 readers of the titles on tours of the offices, with talks from editor David Powles and head of news Ian Clarke.
It was organised as part of Heritage Open Days, where people get to access places they would not ordinarily see.
They had the opportunity to delve into the archives, where decades worth of photographs and newspaper editions are stored, and tour the newsroom to see how the papers are put together every day.
It was the first time the building, which has been home to the EDP since the 1970s, was opened to the Heritage Open Day tours - and could be first of many.
Mr Powles said: “Archant has the proud privilege of being the keeper of public records in our region and it was a real honour to be able to open up our headquarters and archives to our loyal readers as part of Heritage Open Days.
“Being able to lift the lid on our bustling newsroom and allow some rare access to the historic photographs and newspaper editions we keep was a pleasure.
“The visitors were inquisitive and full of questions, and to have around 90 people tour the offices to see how our daily newspapers are put together was fantastic.”
Running simultaneously on Friday, The Forum Trust teamed up with Archant’s extensive photo archive to put together an interactive multi-media exhibition that celebrates our county’s pub and brewing heritage.
The event continues to run today, when a series of pub-related talks are also scheduled.
Nearly 900 venues are taking part in the 2017 heritage Open Days initiative across the East of England.
The programme is being coordinated by The Forum in Norwich and includes talks, walks, tours, exhibitions and performances, all with the aim of revealing the country’s rich heritage.
To find out more, visit heritageopendays.org.uk