About the Project
Public rights of way, public footpaths and green lanes are remarkably under-researched by historians - their history has certainly received little attention. Pathways to History aimed to encourage local communities to work with academics from the University of East Anglia in researching and recording public rights of way in Norfolk.
The volunteers working on the project have generated a large volume of data on the history of public rights of way which can be used in a variety of ways - a better understanding of their archaeology and history can be used to help inform current management, biodiversity-related issues and more.
The data produced as part of the project will be accessible online through an interactive map, which is currently under development.
We have worked with a range of partners who are also interested in public rights of way - Norfolk County Council, the Norfolk Historic Environment Service, Natural England, the Norfolk Rural Community Council, the Campaign to Protect Rural England and Walking for Health have all contributed their expertise to the project.
The project team was led by Dr Sarah Spooner, with support from Professor Tom Williamson, Dr Jon Gregory and Dr Gerry Barnes.
The project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.