Education, Training & Outreach

Wish you Were Here

Heritage Conference

Tickets are now available for Wish You Were Here, a major national conference taking place in Great Yarmouth, exploring the significance of seaside cultural heritage and its role in the future development of coastal resorts. A packed and diverse programme of speakers has now been confirmed. The keynote speaker is Dr Anna Keay, a director of the Landmark Trust. To find out more, visit Book tickets here or call the St George’s Theatre box office on 01493 331484. 

The British Seaside resort, often emblematic of social and economic developments as well as changing tastes, has remained a fixture of British culture and heritage since the 18th century.  Quickly emerging as a cultural phenomenon alongside the advance of the pleasure industry, the seaside town has shaped a unique and often quirky identity, which has since generated a shared public nostalgia for this distinct culture. This conference aims to explore the significance of seaside heritage, investigating its undulating history as well the challenges it has faced in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Being situated in Great Yarmouth, ‘Wish You Were Here’ will aptly address the social, economic and cultural conditions of seaside towns, discuss the importance of coastal heritage and consider the uniqueness and other worldliness of the place between land and sea.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking to recruit a Volunteer Heritage Assistant to help with general tasks in and outside of the GYPT office.

Specific upcoming tasks will include:

  Venetian Waterways and Boating Lake

  • Survey of non-users of the site. This will involve asking visitors to Great Yarmouth to complete questionnaires about their knowledge of the site and what might encourage them to visit.
  • Using survey software to input data recorded in questionnaires.


  • Digitally archiving historic photos and postcards of Great Yarmouth.


  • Updating social media and helping to advertise the work of the Preservation Trust.

Further input from the volunteer will be welcomed in a capacity in which they choose and tasks may be added to.

Travel expenses to and from Great Yarmouth will be paid for.

For more information, or to apply, please contact Charlotte Paddock ( If applying, please send a CV as well as your availability.




Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust is dedicated to training and learning through international co-operation to share knowledge and best practice. The trust actively seeks international partners for project working and provides a range of training and placement opportunities on Trust projects and training programs.

Estonian students training in stone conservation Traditional woodworking skills Working a pole lathe As part of Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust's European Partnership five Estonian students from Hiiumaa Vocational College studied conservation skills in Great Yarmouth for two weeks in July 2013.  See the relevant NEWS item.

There will be training and placement opportunities working on a variety of projects including a medieval ruined church and 17th century merchant's house in the spring and summer of 2014 for more information please email


Peter Laxton and David Harwood working at 133 King Street Peter Laxton and David Hardwood began working for the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust as trainees on the Cemeteries Project and successfully completed Modules 1 and 2, gaining valuable skills and experience including masonry, lime mortar, surveying and recording. Peter and David have now moved onto another Trust project at 133 King Street and are undertaking a 2 year apprenticeship in carpentry. This will include the repair of traditional sash windows and other historic joinery. 

Before training with Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust both Peter and David had been unemployed for several years. The trust is committed to training and tackling the acute traditional building skills shortages in the area with the aim to establish a highly skilled work force to repair and maintain the towns historic building stock and to promote traditional skills.

Great Yarmouth College

Great Yarmouth College Students Working in the Cemeteries The Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust is working in partnership with Great Yarmouth College to deliver traditional skills and heritage training to students on their foundation construction course. The students are working towards an accredited Level 2 award in Building Heritage. Work experience for this qualification is currently being undertaken on the Trust's Cemeteries Project. The Trust is providing training in skills including surveying, recording, analysis and practical skills in lime mortar work, masonry and stone consolidation.

Icon Heritage Level 2 Qualification (111.9 KB)



Free Conservation Training at Great Yarmouth Cemeteries

This was a free training programme delivered from January to July 2013 for residents interested in gaining conservation skills through work carried out as part of the Great Yarmouth Cemeteries Project (see under Projects).  In the first module of the training programme trainees learnt how to research, record and survey tombs and monuments which are in a state of disrepair and how to make specifications.  In the second module, basic skills were provided in practical conservation work under the supervision of conservation specialists.  Trainees repaired twenty-five monuments.  Training was delivered two days per week with two small groups attending each week, one on Mondays and one on Tuesdays. 

TCHC link

This training was funded by TCHC Community Fund.

Further opportunities for free training will be offered within the forthcoming Hopton Ruined Church conservation project.  Anybody interested may notify the Trust by phone, email or post.

Townscape Heritage Initiative Scheme

Historic Building Window Repair

 Historic peg tile roof repair

A 3 day programme for a training course to engage young people with traditional building skills was delivered at Great Yarmouth College on 19th - 21st October, 2011. The scheme was designed and implemented with our partners The Society for Protection of Ancient Buildings and Heritage Lottery Fund.

Skills for which training was provided included

masonry and lime, flint and stone, damp and decay, timber frames, joinery and carpentry, thatching, lime plastering, surfaces and finished.

A presentation covering the conservation work of Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust and Great Yarmouth Borough Council created opportunities for the young people to discuss conservation issues with Darren Barker, Project Organiser for the Trust.

Icon Yarmouth THI Programme October 2011 (68.1 KB)

Understanding and engaging with heritage through art

Middlegate Community Garden Photograph by Derek Jackson We also offer skills and support in facilitating community consultation on heritage projects. Such engagement was highly significant in the process of developing a proposal for the Tower Curing Works in Blackfriars Road to be conserved and re-used as the Time and Tide Museum and in evolving concepts for the museum.

The trust has worked with a number of artists to engage the community and “hard to reach” groups with heritage through art. One example of such projects is the Middlegate Community Garden alongside the English Heritage Row Houses on South Quay. Whilst this garden was being designed, built and furbished the artist Andrew Tanser in partnership with the Youth Offending Team delivered workshops with young offenderes from the nearby estate. A sense of ownership achieved by the young people meant that regular acts of vandalism were a thing of the past.

Sculpture Crana by Alison Atkins, 2004, photograph by Derek Jackson 2009 Stone Sofa by Andrew Tanser, 2004, photograph by Derek Jackson 2009

Commissioned Sculpture at Middlegate Garden, left to right, The Wish by Alison Atkins, Swill Baskets, by Alison Atkins, Stone Sofa, by Andrew Tanser.

Lime Plaster Training Workshop Lime Plaster Training Workshops Training, Plaster Ornamentation

Lime Plaster Training Workshop

Artist Blacksmith Nigel Barnett from Fransham Forge Chain Form Erected at South-West Entrance to St Georges Park Seagulls by Norwich sculptor Ros Newman - Photograph by Derek Jackson

Sculpture commissioned in 2008 for the south-west entrance to St Georges Park as part of a park enhancement scheme, Chain Form by artist blacksmith Nigel Barnett from Fransham Forge, surmounted by Seagulls by Norwich sculptor Ros Newman