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New Wave and Re/Collect 250 Project

Illustration of a Norwich Church and a black and white archive photo of a person dancing in a leather jacket

Re-imagine heritage, new animations from young creatives.

Re/Collect 250 was a collaborative community oral history project that looks ahead to Norfolk & Norwich Festival’s 250th Anniversary by gathering stories of Festivals past. Over May 2021, history students from the University of East Anglia interviewed audience members, artists, volunteers and staff to explore the Festival’s impact on the social and creative lives of people in Norfolk over the past century.

The history cohort teamed up with Norfolk Heritage Open Days’ New Wave programme, to boldly interpret the material they’ve collected, asking how oral history can be re-imagined as an exciting, tangible and relevant practice for young people today.

The animations were premiered during Norfolk Heritage Open Days 2021 with an evening of live music from local artists. New Wave, is a series of innovative, dynamic, youth-led events being produced for this year’s Heritage Open Days festival.