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About Paston Footprints

Paston Footprints is a heritage research impact and practice-led creative storytelling research project. The Directors are Dr Karen Smyth, Associate Professor of Medieval and Early Modern Literature at UEA and Dr Rob Knee (local historian and Paston heritage expert). A dedicated walks team along with a large team of volunteers have contributed (and continue) to the project. To date, we have co-produced work since 2018 with over 60 organizations, acting as a facilitator to bring people together to experience connections with 'Paston Country' (aka Norfolk). We are grateful for funding for the trails from the Heritage Lottery Fund, UEA's PVC Impact fund, and North Norfolk District Council HAZ funding. 

We are keen for more to join in the Paston Footprints mission, which can be read here
And we are keen to hear feedback on your walk experiences. Do get in touch.

The faces behind the project in the wonderful team we work with can be seen here.

Research underpinning the project and arising from the project can be explored here.




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Get in touch with the Paston Footprints project team

Please get in touch if you are interested in being a partner or volunteer. We would also love to hear your feedback on your walk experiences, any suggestions for further development and how you found using this website. Thanks!

Contact Rob and Karen at:

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Paston Heritage

Paston Footprints' Director: Dr Rob Knee.

Strategy, history lead and community delivery.

Rob has a background in education, training and research at both a local and a national level. Rob delivers costumed talks in role to audiences across Norfolk and Suffolk and is a published poet.

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University of East Anglia

Paston Footprints' Director: Dr Karen Smyth.

Strategy, storytelling lead and project management.

Associate Professor in Medieval and Early Modern Literature, UEA. Former posts at the University of Nottingham, Queen's Belfast and Harvard University. She publishes,  enjoys teaching literature and engaging in Paston research impact work. 


Marketing & Communications

Freelance Consultant: Emily Parker.


Norfolk County Council

NCC's Environment and Community team: Paul Thorogood (pictured), Chris Brough and Matt Hayward.

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Children's Resources

Paston Fooptrints' Freelance Education Consultant, Georgia Knee, is the director for the children's activities and learning materials.


Character Animator

Craig Smith, former student of Paston College and Graduate of Derby University, has created the Paston character animations, drone piloting and video editing.

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Drama Director

Paston Footprints' Drama Director:

Dr Holly Maples. is Professor of Theatre at the University of Essex and Director of Collisions Theatre Company.

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3D Graphics

James Mindham, a 3D Graphics artist, has created the digital reconstructions of the Paston buildings.


Evaluation Toolkit

Sophie Cabot, freelance evaluation consultant. NRO Community Archivist, Chair of Hungate Medieval Art and leader of Norwich Young Archaeologists Club. Former Senior Projects Officer of the Marriott's Way Heritage Trail.



Peter Stibbons, PHS trustee, is Digital Director for Paston Footprints and editor of  our sister site, which acts as the Paston web portal for community researchers.


Walks Photographer

Charlotte Knee.

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Walks Photographer

Glenn Hands is a UEA Landscape History graduate and a photographer (Sports, Events, Drone, Street, Landscape, and Portrait). See evocative image.

Project Partners

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