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My Botanical Garden

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Early spring flowers take all attention , they are first, after all. Modest they might be, but they evoke the primordial feelings about the cycles of year and life. Beginnings are always sweet, as all spring flowers are. But they can be toxic, like mezereon, small bush from the forest rim. When summer comes,  its simple sweet smelling flowers will vanish till the next year. And then the cycle will begin again. Sweet smell and poison, spring and winter, life and death, again and again…….. 

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Municipal Dreams

In 1971, the Hulme Crescents were thought to represent the best of modern social housing.  The planning principles which inspired them were intended not only to provide decent housing but to honour and foster community.  The construction techniques which built them had seemed to promise mass housing on a scale and at a pace which would finally eradicate the scourge of the slums.

Hulme-Crescents

If only briefly, this excitement was felt by residents as well as politicians and planners: (1)

I went for a walk with my granddad before the Crescents started to get bad. And they were wonderful places. Full of really new ideas and loads of hope for the people living in them. People talked to each other. And I can remember laugher with a family that lived in them. They asked me and my granddad in for a cup of tea. Showed us round the strange way the…

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Shine A Light

Hello! We are members of the Teenage History Club from the Ancient House Museum in Thetford.

We have spent two days in February Half Term at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse working with the team from the Shine-a-light project choosing objects to star in a new display.

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As we jumped out of the minibus and made our way to the huge warehouse that is home to the Norfolk Collections Centre (NCC) our first impressions were different across the group from that of entering another world, like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory to it  feeling ‘very cold and interesting’.

To start the day we had a tour of the building with Ann-Marie who is the Project Officer, we were shown lots of very interesting objects from a Mammoth Skull to Posture Chairs.

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Here we are outside the Freezer. We learnt how objects are packed with acid-free tissue paper and then wrapped in layers…

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