Discover the Marvellous Miss Marianne North February 3rd in Orford Town Hall

Posted on January 15, 2022

Amy Fellows presents an exhibition about her Arts Council Project with drinks and nibbles and a short talk in Orford Town Hall on Thursday February 3rd at 7.30pm. Entry £5 or free to Orford & District Gardening Club members (Annual fee £15).

Amy is an illustrator and garden designer. She has a love for collage, spray paint and printmaking. Her illustrations often feature sordid circus curiosities, a fascination with Victorian plumbing and all things nautical.

Graduating in 2015 with a first class Honours degree in illustration from Norwich University of the Arts and returning in 2017 to undertake an MA in Communication Design, Amy has made Norwich her home.

Amy is a commissioned street artist for Norwich BID, Norwich City Council and Coastal Currents in her home town of Hastings. She was the first Artist in Residence at Vision Norfolk.

The project aims to raise awareness and celebrate the life and work of Victorian female botanical artist Marianne North and to recognise North as relevant and revolutionary.

The Arts Council Project draws parallels between the environmental awareness that surrounded Marianne’s work at the time with the environmental crises we are facing today.

Marianne North explored the world, painting flora and fauna, some never seen before and is responsible for the gallery that shares her name at Kew Gardens. The exhibition at Kew is the longest, solo, permanent exhibition of a female artists’ work in the world and opened in 1882. She donated over 800 paintings and built the gallery which houses the collection at her own expense.

More information on Amy’s project can be found at The Marianne North Project

Details of the Rendering Project at Orford Castle

Posted on January 8, 2022

We have an exciting Conservation project underway at Orford Castle, to help protect the iconic 12th century Suffolk landmark for the future.

If you want to find out more about this will be running online talks this Thursday (13) at 4pm and 6pm. Please register here for the 4pm talk or here for the 6pm talk:

For those who can’t join us online, please come and talk to one of our experts at Orford Castle on Saturday 15 January between 11am and 1pm.

Valentine’s Tea Sunday February 13th

Posted on January 6, 2022

Our trustees, ably assisted by some very hard working volunteers, will be busy preparing and serving a traditional afternoon tea in Bart’s Hall on Broad Street in Orford on Sunday February 13th.

Imagine the scene with 80 plus people sitting down to enjoy good food and relaxing music with friends and family.

This is a very popular biennial event so make sure to reserve a place for yourself and anyone you would like to share with. We look forward to welcoming you to this friendly and relaxed event.