In this post, the Norfolk Trails Team talk about the walks leaflet they’ve created to help visitors to the exhibition explore the sites painted by the artists.
The landscapes and wildlife of the Broads have always been an inspiration to artists. It is also a great area to go to for a walk. The Weavers’ Way, Wherryman’s Way and Angles Way all go through the Broads and give walkers a chance to retrace the footsteps of the artists who have immortalised the area on canvas.
When Alison Fisher, the Exhibitions Coordinator for Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth, got in touch to ask the County Council’s Norfolk Trails team if we would like to do something to contribute to their ‘Water Ways’ exhibition, we were keen to be involved. She came along to a Team Meeting to discuss what was being planned and we came up with the idea of producing a walks leaflet for the exhibition. The idea was to feature walks which would take the visitor to the places that the artists would have set up their easels when they painted some of the masterpieces in the exhibition. Having seen the paintings at ‘Time and Tide’, the visitor could go out into the countryside and find out what the same landscape looks like today.
After poring over the images of the pictures to be included in the exhibition that Alison sent to us, we identified two of our walks to be included in the leaflet. One was a circular walk off the Weaver’s Way at Potter Heigham, with a view of the bridge that had been painted by Charles Harmony Harrison in 1876.
The other was a lovely walk on the Wherryman’s Way alongside Breydon Water, which involved getting the train out to Berney Arms Station and walking back to Great Yarmouth. In doing so, the walker would get a chance to see how little the views have changed since Fredrick Sandys painted this landscape in 1871. The leaflet also includes Edward Seago’s picture of the Swing Bridge over Breydon, allowing the walker to compare Seago’s image with the modern bridge.
Having written the leaflet and produced a rough layout, we handed it over to the Museum Service’s graphic designer, who produced a sleek-looking design. The printing of the leaflets was paid for as part of an European Union-funded project to boost local businesses by encouraging more visitors to get out into the Norfolk countryside.
You can pick up a leaflet of the trails at the Time and Tide museum.
We have really enjoyed working with the Museum Service on the ‘Water Ways’ walks leaflet. Hopefully, it has added something a bit different to the ‘Time and Tide’ exhibition by giving visitors a chance to experience the landscape that provided the inspiration for the artworks. We also hope that it will encourage more people to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the Norfolk Trails network to explore the Broads.
We are already planning our next collaboration with ‘Time and Tide’ on a walks leaflet linked to one of their exhibitions – watch this space!