All that remains is to thank the many people without whom this project would not have been possible.


Neil Storey for his unwavering belief that this was a story that really needed to be told

Fiona Kay for additional research and much needed editorial support

The Heritage Lottery Fund for seeing the potential in our original vision for the project and for providing support and guidance throughout the process

To the Mayor of Norwich, the Civic Office, and the Revd. Ian Dyble from St Thomas Church, Norwich, for their generous endorsement of the project

Staff at Bridewell Museum in Norwich, Gressenhall Museum and Workhouse and Dreamy Hollows for bringing history alive in so many ways

Chris Tracy from the Norfolk Records Office and staff at the Archive Centre for their expert knowledge and enthusiasm for the project

Ed Land, Terry Burkill and staff from St Barnabas Church

Alan Lloyd at the National Library of Scotland for creating the maps we needed for the project

Emma Skeet, local artist, who ran the tapestry workshops

Richard Heywood at Creative Corner for designing the website and providing much needed technical support

Norfolk and Norwich Festival, The Writers Centre and BBC Voices

and last but by no means least the wonderful staff and children of Wensum Junior School who really did ‘work as historians’


We were able to get access to our school’s logbook for the 1914 – 1918.  This provided an extraordinary insight into life in our school during the war.  Year 3 selected entries that were then used on the interactive timeline. The logbook details are as follows:

Records of Norwich City Council, Education department

Log Book of Closed Schools

  • Catalogue Reference Number: N/ED 1/85
  • Title:  Wensum View Junior and Infants’
  • Repository:  Norfolk Records Office