Pathways to History
The Pathways to History project aimed to investigate the history of public rights of way in Norfolk. The antiquity of the footpath network has never been fully researched and we are interested in a number of questions:
- How old are footpaths and green lanes in Norfolk?
- How has the number of public rights of way changed in the past?
- Do footpaths and green lanes have a distinct archaeological character?
- What were footpaths and green lanes used for in the past?
- Are there any local names or traditions associated with them?
- How do footpaths and green lanes relate to the wider landscape?
The project has now come to an end, and we are working to process the results generated by the project into an interactive map and other resources, which will be available online in Spring 2014.
We have been working with volunteers across Norfolk to to investigate the history of footpaths and green lanes.
- Volunteers have carried out fieldwork by surveying footpaths and green lanes to identify any archaeological features, ancient trees and hedgerows.
- Archival research has started to uncover their history, using old maps and documents.
- We have been collecting local stories, names and traditions about lanes and footpaths which are not recorded in other documents.
The project volunteers have been supported by landscape historians from the School of History at the University of East Anglia.
The project came to an end in February 2014, but if you are interested in doing similar work in your area, please contact Dr Sarah Spooner or Dr Gerry Barnes by email or telephone.
Telephone: 01603 592663
The Project Team
Pathways to History has been co-ordinated by a team of landscape historians within the School of History at the University of East Anglia, alongside our partner organisations. The project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Dr Sarah Spooner
Professor Tom Williamson
Dr Gerry Barnes MBE
Dr Jon Gregory