On September 29th 1963 the University of East Anglia (UEA) welcomed its first Chancellor. This painting by Michael Andrews (1928-1995) shows the Lord Mayor of Norwich’s reception for the Chancellor in Norwich Castle Keep. UEA opened in October 1963 and admitted its first cohort of 87 students, in a series of prefabricated buildings designed to accommodate 1,200 students.

Over the past 50 years the campus has grown, as has the student population (now at around 18,000). In addition to the traditional academic buildings and halls of residence, it is home to a medical school, a number of venues, and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. There’s plenty to see and do – not to mention the incredible architecture.

To see what’s on at UEA, visit their event guide.

If something that’s coming up sparks your interest make a weekend of it with Visit Norwich.

Photo: Norfolk Museums Service


Towers and Spires is a specially-created cycle route taking in some of Suffolk’s finest churches, as part of the Angels and Pinnacles project.

Angels and Pinnacles was born out of the need to spread the word about Suffolk’s magnificent heritage of parish churches – one in every community, over 230 Grade I listed, and over 180 Grade II.

Angels and Pinnacles was launched by the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich in March 2012 as ‘a new way of discovering the heritage on your doorstep’. It started out with 24 churches in six clusters across Suffolk as part of a Heritage Lottery funded community project. It was so successful that the project has opened up to other churches that are willing to remain unlocked daily to welcome visitors.

Churches included in the scheme run a series of events throughout the year, including concerts, exhibitions and guided tours. Additionally, the scheme offers a range of other heritage trails ranging from three to thirty miles, with some specifically designed for cycling or driving.

Do you fancy exploring the beautiful churches of Suffolk? Learn more at Angels and Pinnacles.

Extend your stay by visiting Suffolk’s equally beautiful market towns, and let Visit Suffolk be your guide.

great british walk


Throughout this week, the National Trust Ickworth Estate will be running a series of guided walks designed to allow visitors to make the most of the estate’s beautiful surroundings. Created as part of the National Trust’s Great British Walk, the series of six walks covers a number of aspects including the trees, formal gardens and hidden gems of the Ickworth Estate.

Plan a trip to Ickworth, and take part in one of the walks at the National Trust.

See the other wonders of Suffolk and plan a trip at Visit Suffolk.



From 10th to 13th September 2015, thousands of volunteers across England invited visitors to experience local history, architecture and culture. Love Architecture joined Heritage Open Days to tell the architectural story of buildings – past, present and future, through a series of interpretation boards, talks, architect-led tours and special events which took place across the four-day festival.

In Norwich, there were over one hundred events to attend, all exploring the city’s fantastic architecture, including the Cathedral, historic merchant’s houses, and guided tours around the city.

Find out more about upcoming open days here.

Plan a trip to Norwich with Visit Norwich.


Photo: Norwich Cathedral Refectory, Hopkins Architects © Richard Brine


Sparrowe’s House is a Grade I listed building in Ipswich town centre, dating back to the 15th Century.

The building has detailed pargeting and elaborate wood carvings around the front of the house. Four panels of pargeting show a Tudor impression of the world. The continents Africa, America, Asia and Europe are shown – but not Australia, which wasn’t discovered at the time.

The front of the building as it can be seen today (in a restored state), was not an original feature of the building – it was added by Robert Sparrowe between 1660 and 1670. It bears the Royal Arms of King Charles II, and the words ‘honi soit qvi mal y pense’, which is old French for ‘shame upon him who thinks evil of it’.

Sparrowe’s House is featured in the updated Pevsner Guides, which we explored in an earlier Culture365 post.

Discover more about the historic buildings of Ipswich at Ipswich Waterfront.

Take a tour of historic Ipswich, and let All About Ipswich help.

Photo: Ian Dufour
flint alphabet


This unique example of a flint knapper’s skill was made by Bill Basham of Brandon, Suffolk. Working in his spare time, it took almost two years to complete these finely crafted letters. Flint is a widespread local resource, at one time Brandon was the leading area for the manufacture of gun flints, which were produced in vast quantities during the Napoleonic wars of the early 19th century.

You can see this Flint Alphabet at the Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life.

Explore the surrounding area at Visit Norfolk.

Photo: Norfolk Museums Service


The House in the Clouds is a water tower at Thorpeness, in Suffolk. It was built in 1923 to receive water pumped by Thorpeness Windmill and was designed to improve the looks of the water tower, disguising its tank with the appearance of a weatherboarded building more in keeping with Thorpeness’s mock-Tudor and Jacobean style, except seeming to float above the trees.

In 1977 the water tower was made redundant by mains water supply arriving in the village, and additional living space was created. In 1979 the main water tank was removed to fully convert the building into a house. The building currently has five bedrooms and three bathrooms; it contains a total of 68 steps from top to bottom and is around 70 ft high.

Find out more, and book a stay at the House in the Clouds.

Curious about the House in the Clouds and its surrounding area? Plan a trip at The Suffolk Coast.

Photo: Martin Pettitt


The Market Cross marks the site of a crucifix in the centre of the ancient market place at Bury St Edmunds which was erected between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries.

Market crosses symbolised fairness with dealings in the market and were used for preaching and to make public announcements. In 1583 the cross was dismantled and replaced with an open wooden shelter for corn sellers.

Markets have been held in Bury St Edmunds for more than a thousand years and still thrive today, with markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Even today, the street names recall their history (for example Butter Market and Hatter Street) describing the goods traded there – beasts, butter, corn, wool and fish.

Today, contemporary gallery Smiths Row inhabits the market cross, and exhibits a range of temporary exhibitions as well as a popular gift shop.

See what’s on at Smiths Row, and plan a visit at their website.

Explore the wider area at Our Bury St Edmunds.



Opened in August 2015, gallerytwentythree is the brainchild of Form_art Architects.

The gallery is a continuation and expansion of Form_art’s practice of working with artists, set in their own gallery environment. The gallery brings together works including paintings, ceramics, textiles, printmaking and furniture, which are displayed in collections or groups of art and objects, offering a re-working of the traditional gallery environment.

Form_art Architects admire those artists and makers who share the passion of producing well-executed pieces of design and artwork.

See the gallery for yourself, right on the Aldeburgh seafront at gallerytwentythree.

Immerse yourself in the variety of galleries and cultural events in the region, at The Suffolk Coast.



The Hanseatic League was a commercial and defensive confederation of merchants and their market towns. The League dominated Baltic maritime trade from 1400-1800.

The Hanseatic cities had their own legal system, and furnished their own armies for mutual protection and aid, and could be found across Northern Europe, from the Baltic to the North Sea.

King’s Lynn, in Norfolk, whilst not a full Hanseatic city, was a trade outpost until 1751 and traces of this heritage can be seen today. Today, its Hanseatic roots remain: from England’s only remaining Hanseatic warehouse, to the annual Hanse Festival which takes place in May each year.

To learn more about Hanseatic King’s Lynn, head to Visit West Norfolk.

Walk in the footsteps of the league, and explore other Hanse locations in the region (including Great Yarmouth) at Visit Norfolk.

Photo: Adam Bowie