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Putting on a Progress 1578:

Elizabethan Window Wanderland


About the project

In 1578 Queen Elizabeth I and more than 200 courtiers travelled into unknown lands on her annual progress.

Join us to create vibrant window displays celebrating the joy of exploration, curiosity, and Elizabeth I’s visit to Norfolk.

People in the places visited by the 1578 Progress are being invited to create vibrant window displays inspired by this incredible royal journey. There are free to attend opportunities to design and create windows between September to October 2022 in Norwich, Thetford, Costessey, Wymondham and Great Yarmouth.

We are passionate about the local history of our Norfolk and Suffolk neighbourhoods and we know you are too! So this project will reflect on when our exploration and curiosity was dampened due to the restrictions during the COVID 19 lockdowns, yet our human spirit stimulated unexpected reactions. We became limited, yet lively observers and surveyors of our own neighbourhoods. We spent more time in our gardens, enjoyed nature in local parks and stumbled across the history of our roads, streets and lanes. Joy could also be found watching the changing sky filled with many more birds enjoying the quietness of the restrictions.

The ‘POP 1578: An Elizabethan Window Wanderland’ project will help you design silhouettes inspired by the Elizabethan Progress in 1578 and local birds as a symbol of freedom.

These designs will be used in upscaled larger window artwork to be displayed at night. Your designs will shine through windows across the 6 areas of Norfolk between mid-January and mid-February 2023. We wonder just how many window designs the fine citizens of Norfolk will make? 1578 maybe!

We are also encouraging Schools, Youth Groups (such as Norfolk Scout and Guides), community groups and heritage organisations to get involved as well.

The POP 1578 Elizabethan Window Wanderland activity is suitable for ages four and over.

Please contact us if you would like to be involved.

Putting on a Progress 1578: is presented by Curious Spark Ltd and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Norwich Freeman’s Charity.

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