family of man

FAMILY OF MAN

A gift from Barbara Hepworth to Benjamin Britten, The Family of Man sits alongside the reed beds at Snape Maltings and is part of a set of nine individual sculptures.

Crafted by Hepworth in the early 70s, the work was unfinished at the time of her death and the site at Snape offers a remarkable outlook of one on Britain’s most important twentieth century artists.

Discover what else is at Snape Maltings.

Plan a trip to the area at The Suffolk Coast.

Photo: Philip Vile
sea henge

SEA HENGE

Discovered in 1998 in Holme-next-the-sea, Norfolk, this ring of 55 closely fitting oak posts, colloquially known as Sea Henge, dates back to 2049BC and it’s estimated that the posts were once three metres high.

No one knows exactly why the circle was built, but it is thought that the body of a high ranking person may have been placed on the upturned stump to be picked clean by animals and birds. One thing we do know is the entrance to the circle was sealed very shortly after it was built.

These ceremonial rings were quite common during the Bronze Age, but most have eroded. The salty silt of the Norfolk coast has helped to preserve the timber of this construction.

The site was excavated between 1998 and 1999, an action that led to complaints from druids and other protesters. The preserved remains can be seen at the Lynn Museum.

Plan a trip to the Lynn Museum.

Interested in discovering more in the area? Visit West Norfolk

hesse lecture

HESSE LECTURE

In June 2015, Will Gompertz took a look at modernism in the visual arts and its legacy, at Aldeburgh’s Jubilee Hall, just on the edge of the seaside town’s pebbled beach.

In the lecture, Will posed the question: Can we ever escape Modernism? Will Gompertz was a director at the Tate in London for seven years and is now the BBC Arts Editor, where he writes, presents, and produces programmes about the arts. He was voted one of the World’s Top 50 Creative Thinkers by New York’s Creativity Magazine and is the author of the book What are you Looking At? 50 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye.

You can book into Aldeburgh festival events on Aldeburgh Music’s website.

Make your visit complete with a jaunt round The Suffolk Coast.

 

Photo: Philip Vile
sudbury silk

SUDBURY SILK

The small market town of Sudbury is the unexpected silk capital of England. Four silk weavers in the town work on around 110 metric tons of silk a year, and Sudbury silk is used around the world. Gainsborough Silk holds a royal warrant for furnishing fabrics, Stephen Waters created the silk for Princess Diana’s wedding dress, Humphries Weaving supplies royal palaces and the National Trust, and Vanners develops bespoke patterns for haut couture fashion houses.

Read more about Sudbury’s silk mills here

Tempted to explore and shop for silks? Plan a trip at Visit Suffolk.

Photo: Celia Hart
ness point

NESS POINT

Today is the summer solstice: and where better to greet the dawn than Ness Point, Britain’s most easterly promontory. The juxtaposition of North Sea and the rising sun before you, and the industrial landscape of the East’s green energy enterprise zone behind you, is striking.

This is a place of peace and reflection: not one of the traditional solstice gathering points but the true starting point for the longest day of the British summer.

Find out more about Ness Point, Lowestoft, at Love Lowestoft.

Want to be the first to see the sunrise, plan your trip to The Suffolk Coast.

Image: Farrell Walton and Steve Grogan Photography
tutu chandelier

TUTU CHANDELIER

Jerwood DanceHouse is home to ‘Tutu’ by Stuart Haygarth.

Haygarth’s work revolves around collections of objects used in a way that transforms their meaning, giving banal and overlooked objects a new significance.

Opened in October 2009, the DanceHouse is DanceEast’s permanent home on the Ipswich Waterfront, hosting a variety of classes and courses, as well as world-class contemporary dance.

For more information about DanceEast, visit their website.

Interested in visiting Ipswich? Plan your trip at Visit Suffolk.

Photo: David Parry
Carrow Road

NEVER MIND THE DANGER

Norwich City Football Club are the Pride of East Anglia – at least if you stand in the northern half of the East.

The Canaries were formed in 1902, before becoming professional three years later, and have bounced about the football league ever since. They have won the League Cup twice (1962 and 1985), finished 3rd in the inaugural Premier League season and memorably became the first British team to beat Bayern Munich away the following season.

Before the start of every home game the fans proudly sing On the Ball City. It’s commonly regarded as the oldest football song in the world still in use, and it actually predates the club, Norwich fans having adopted it pretty much as soon as the club was formed.

The words have changed slightly down the years, but the version used today is:

 

Kick it off, throw it in, have a little scrimmage,

Keep it low, a splendid rush, bravo, win or die;

On the ball, City, never mind the danger,

Steady on, now’s your chance,

Hurrah! We’ve scored a goal.

City!, City!, City!

 

Whether you’re a fan of the Yellows or not, Norwich has plenty to offer every visitor – find out more here.

 

 

Photo: ZakNelson1995
john peel

JOHN PEEL

Celebrated BBC DJ John Peel lived just outside Stowmarket, Suffolk for the latter part of his life, regularly recording shows from a studio in his home.

Recognised as one of the most influential figures in music for a number of years, Peel was known for championing new musicians, as well as being one of the first DJs to play psychedelic rock on UK radio.

In his honour, the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts was opened in Stowmarket in 2013.

Interested in learning about the the Centre? Find out more here.

Explore Stowmarket and its surrounding area at Visit Suffolk.

worlds 2015

WORLDS

Every year, Worlds Literature Festival takes place over a few days in June, with each edition taking on a different theme. Drawing together writers and translators from fourteen countries, Worlds is hosted by the Writers’ Centre in Norwich. Being England’s only UNESCO City of Literature gives Norwich a very special place in Europe’s literary community, and Worlds allows the people of the city and its visitors to access some of the smartest thinking and most inspiring writing that Europe and the world have to offer.

Explore the Worlds itinerary here.

If you’re coming to Norwich for Worlds, discover places to stay and seek refreshment here.

Photo: Martin Figura

pablo fanque

PABLO FANQUE

Immortalised by the Beatles in ‘For the Benefit of Mr Kite’, Pablo Fanque ran and performed at Victorian Britain’s most popular circus. He was born in Norwich c.1810 to African-born John Darby and his wife Mary Stamp, and named William. His first circus performances included equestrian stunts, for which he became famous, in his early teens. He was written about by the Illustrated London News after his 1847 London debut, where he performed for the Queen.

Pablo Fanque toured the country as proprietor of the Circus Royal for thirty years; the popularity of his circus corresponded with the abolition of slavery and his profile was partially a symbol of this new, enlightened Britain. He married twice and in his final years had a live-in partner fifty years his junior.

To find out more about circus in the East, visit SeaChange Arts.

If you’d like to explore William Darby’s birthplace, you can Visit Norwich.