Lakenham Primary School pupils are delving into Norwich’s past to create heritage trail

Children from Lakenham Primary School are stepping back through the history of Norwich to create a special heritage trail for families to enjoy.

Twelve pupils are working on the project which is a collaboration between LivingNorwich and the Castle Museum.

The project – which the children have named The Secret 12: Histories and Mysteries – is taking them on a historical adventure around the Norwich 12 buildings. This week they visited Norwich Cathedral, but they have previously explored Surrey House, the Castle Museum, Dragon Hall, St Andrews' and Blackfriars Hall and The Great Hospital.

At each location the pupils have chosen a special object which will be focused on during the trail – but their choices will remain top secret until the finished trail is launched in July.

Roja Sahoo, nine, said: 'We are visiting the 12 buildings and we have been choosing special objects from them we want to put in our trail that we are making for everybody to enjoy. I would like everybody to know how interesting Norwich is.'

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Maleka Aga, nine, said the favourite place she had visited so far was Dragon Hall, and she said she found the visit to Norwich Cathedral interesting too.

Seven-year-old Orien Day added: 'It has been very interesting learning about the history of Norwich.'

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Roxanne Matthews, from LivingNorwich, said: 'The children are creating the trail so other children and their families can enjoy exploring the history of Norwich too.

'The whole trail will be through the eyes of the children. It is a great development opportunity for them and they are getting more and more inquisitive as the project goes on. We are spanning 1,000 years of history, going from Norwich Castle to the Forum. The children are the project leaders and they get to make all the decisions about the trail.'

Once the trail is launched in July, there will be copies available at the Forum and each of the Norwich 12 buildings. The project is funded by Norwich Heart (Heritage, Economic and Regeneration Trust) as part of Shaping 24.

Are you involved in a local project? Call Emma Knights on 01603 772428 or email

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