Why we take part
- To engage with the local community and other local cultural organisations.
- To expand our typical audience and gain more new audiences.
- To raise awareness of our collection, the building history, and the more behind-the-scenes research work we do. Putting ourselves on the map!
What we do for HODs
We are constantly researching our collections through extensive fieldwork. Our exhibitions are increasingly a result of such fieldwork based projects. The curator's talk was planned to create more awareness of our collections and the fieldwork projects undertaken here by the team. The talk on the history of the building was organised based on visitor feedback from previous HODs and people’s interest in local history and heritage.
There was excitement in the air, lots of curious visitors engaging with different parts of the space. We saw noticeably more visitors, in particular new audiences, including a wide range of people from the local community engaging with our collection. Lots of people who came in during HODs were new visitors who had only come across us by looking at the wider Norfolk HODs publications.
We got good feedback on the talks themselves but also helpful suggestions for what we can do next time. Our visitors had requests for more talks and workshops, We also had requests for printed material on the history of the building, which we are now working towards producing. This is all valuable feedback that helps us plan new content.