Putting on a Progress 1578

Putting on a Progress invites you to join in during Heritage Open Days at places visited during the Norfolk Progress in 1578.

In 1578 Queen Elizabeth I made an incredible royal journey to Norfolk, the 1578 Progress. This era of Elizabeth I is renowned as a golden age. Yet all that glittered was not gold, it was also a dark and dangerous land. Travelling to meet her people was perilous, exposing the Queen to her enemies who deemed her a Jezebel and heretic, so why risk her life? 

Putting on a Progress invites you to join in during Heritage Open Days at places visited during the Progress, in Costessey, Wymondham, Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Thetford, to immerse yourself in exploring the journey which Queen Elizabeth I made in 1578. 

Into the Unknown 1578 

Lead by POP 1578 artists, have a go at creating vibrant, illuminated window displays, inspired by this incredible royal journey. These designs will be upscaled into the windows of venues to create illuminated windows trails during darker evenings later in the year. This activity is suitable for ages four and over.

Putting on a Progress 1578: An Immersive Experience

POP 1578 virtual reality headset users will be immersed in the heart of this perilous journey to help protect Queen and country. Travelling with the court, Watchers will enter authentic Elizabethan rooms, and listen in on conversations between the Queen and her Privy councillors. To ensure the suitability of new Watchers, challenges will be set and reports sent in the guise of postcards to the Queen; if you leave a return address she may even write back to you!

This activity is suitable for ages seven and over, and must be accompanied by an adult.

Putting on a Progress 1578: An Immersive Experience

Putting on a Progress 1578: is presented by Curious Spark Ltd and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Norwich Freeman's Charity. To read more about this project and Curious Spark's mission, visit their website