Neatishead, Irstead and Barton Turf Community Heritage Group (NIBCHG) aims to acknowledge and encourage the interests of people in the local history of the three villages. We pursue original research that is made available to all; share information amongst the members of the group so as to add to the body of knowledge; we are building a local archive of documents (or copies of documents), illustrations and artefacts relating to the local history of Neatishead, Irstead & Barton Turf and the surrounding area; will gather oral histories; are mounting exhibitions of an historical nature; and have created a website.
The group’s work complements and builds on the resources of Neatishead Nostalgia, Irstead Memories and the Barton Turf History Project.
The group was awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund’ WW1: then and now, for a two year project entitled “Living through World War One in three Norfolk Broadland Villages – Neatishead, Irstead and Barton Turf” which centred around life in our three communities just before, during and just after World War One, to coincide with the centenary commemorations 2014 – 2018. In August 2014 exhibitions were held in the five churches in our three villages during Open Churches Week and a further exhibition at the New Victory Hall was held over Remembrance Weekend in November 2015 when the memorial plaque to the 136 men from our villages who served during WW1 was dedicated. Information about the project can be found on a dedicated website and on the WW1 Centenary page. Even though the funding for the project has now ended, we are still interested to receive any information about the men who served during WW1 and /or life in the three villages 100 years ago.
Battle of the Somme Commemoration
An exhibition to remember the 12 men from our villages who paid the ultimate sacrifice is on display until the end of September 2016 at the Neatishead RAF Radar Museum, together with maps and information relating to the Battle itself and the Norfolk Regiments’ involvement in it. Please go to their website for more details about this fascinating museum and opening times.