December 8 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
A symposium was held in King’s Lynn to mark the end of the first year of West Norfolk Borough Council’s link with the French city Amiens.
The free event, entitled Heritage and Conservation: Integrating the Contemporary, brought together a number of speakers from different backgrounds to discuss their ideas on heritage and art in multiple languages.
The event was hosted by sculptor and academic Brian Falconbridge.
The EU funded Arts, Cities and Landscapes project has seen a cultural exchange between Amiens and west Norfolk.
Artworks by French landscape artists have sprung up around the area over the summer with English artists returning the favour in France.
Chris Bamfield, head of leisure and public space at the Borough Council, said he hoped that the symposium could give the council more ideas for their public spaces.
“We have eight more schemes to do next year and it ought to help us to determine how we approach them,” he said. “This is part of an EU scheme for the sharing of knowledge and information and that is what this event is all about.”
Speakers at the event, held in The Ballroom at the Duke’s Head, in Lynn, included former county
archivist John Alban, English Heritage’s planning and conservation director Greg Luton and artist Lyndall Phelps.
Dr Alban, who is currently honorary senior lecturer in history at the UEA, said: “With my talk I’m hoping to set the scene for the rest of it.
“There’s quite a large element of complementarity between the talks.
“I’ll be discussing the history of King’s Lynn and the town’s heritage recorded in the borough archives, which are very good.
“Lynn was always one of the
top three ports in the country throughout the middle ages and so a lot has been recorded.”
English Heritage director Mr Luton said: “I will be talking about what makes King’s Lynn so special.
“It is the quality of the buildings and open spaces and the historical cosmopolitan approach to life.
“I hope we can influence decision makers in the future.”
French urban planners Nadia Herbreteau and Agnes Martouzet spoke about their project in Poitiers, France, which was similar to
the work being carried out to pedestrianise Lynn’s Tuesday Market Place.
The project was around five times bigger than the Lynn marketplace and the talk aimed to show listeners how the scheme had developed over a number of years.
West Norfolk Borough Councillor Elizabeth Nockolds, portfolio holder for health and wellbeing, said: “It
was a very interesting afternoon
with talks from both sides of the channel.
“It was fascinating listening to how they developed the project in Poitiers over seven to 10 years and the end result was fantastic.
“It seemed very similar to how we would have gone about such a project.
“The Arts, Cities and Landscapes scheme has been fantastic.
“It has really improved some areas.”