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New funding won to map the Broads through illustration

Researchers at Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) will partner with the Broads Landscape Partnership to explore the Norfolk Broads through illustrative practice after the University was awarded funding to support the project.

The project, entitled ‘Mapping the Broads’, will provide an opportunity for academics and students to make use of a variety of media to gather and expose the many ecological, human and historical layers that make up the Broads landscape. The project will be led by Illustration Course Leader Glyn Brewerton, Senior Lecturer Peter Nencini and Lecturer Neil Bousfield, who will also work with schoolchildren from the coast to help them to develop skills that will allow them to identify new ways to engage with the Broads.

A second project will also see the renowned naturalist and long-time Wheatfen resident Ted Ellis’s archive brought into the public domain. NUA Professor of Animation Education Suzie Hanna, who is Ted Ellis’s daughter, and her family have been instrumental in preserving and collecting a fascinating range of material that will be made available to researchers and enthusiasts.

Dr Alisa Miller, Director of Research at NUA, says: “Both projects build on the University’s long history of engagement with the Norfolk landscape, and open up pathways into that landscape for new audiences and generations.”

Funding for both projects will come from a £2.6 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant to the Broads Landscape Partnership which aims to improve local people’s access to, and understanding of, activities within their landscape and engage their help in telling the story of Halvergate’s watery landscape from past to present. Learn more about the ‘Water, Mills and Marshes’ project.

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