St John Maddermarket becomes our second Conservation Church
At a celebration event at the Church of St John Maddermarket, in Norwich today (10th April 2015), Lord Mayor of Norwich, Councillor Judith Lubbock, officially unveiled the The Churches Conservation Trust's second 'Conservation Church', with new 'Visitor Welcome' facilities designed to encourage the people of Norwich and visitors to the city to explore this hidden gem.
The new facilities allow visitors to learn about the church’s history in new ways, with improved interpretation including ‘soundscapes’ and dressing up activities to help them enjoy their visit, in a project designed to build on the success of the church as a tourist attraction which is already opened six days a week by volunteers.
Another key feature of the new visitor facilities is 'Textures of Time’, which allows visitors to explore the many textures and materials that have contributed to the building of the church over the centuries, examining the materials that built the church such as marble and brass and the links of the church to the Norwich textiles industry.
The project will also provide new opportunities for people to join the volunteers and become involved in St John’s on a regular basis. Anyone wanting to get involved in the St John’s project should contact the local Volunteering Officer on 01223 324 442.
St John’s, like Norwich itself, is a ‘one off’. Its tower has dominated the Norwich cityscape for over 500 years, and inside monuments, architecture and decorations tell the stories of the city and its community for generations. A unique feature of the church is the link to past Mayors of Norwich in over 14 monuments. These monuments, some with brass figures, date from the 15th century.
Chana James, Marketing Officer at The Churches Conservation Trust said:
“This magnificent Grade I listed church is an important part of the history of Norwich. This project will enhance the visitor experience and also capitalizes on the enthusiasm of local volunteers to share their knowledge and love of the building.”