It all started with this, the publicity surrounding the discovery of an Inhumation, thought to be Roman, on a building site on Norwich Road.
Watton is steeped in history, after all it has been around for over a thousand years, but who knows more than that. We think our history should be explored and recorded for future generations.
Much has been said about the present state of our town as a community but often no solutions are offered. Much criticism is made of the Council, the people, the developers but little is done to counter those criticisms.
It cannot be denied though that Watton has to fight hard to be recognised as a town/community in Breckland as a whole and with the same needs as any other town. Even George Freeman MP described Watton as a town on the edge. However, we do have to do things for ourselves as well as relying on others. One of the facilities which is obvious in other towns is recognition of the history of that town/community. To this end it is noticeable that sometimes Watton falls down on the argument of Civic Pride – old fashioned phrase I am afraid but apt. The Christmas Lights can be hailed as a success in terms of taking pride in our town as are the baskets tubs and trees around town. So it is proposed that perhaps we could go further and cement the foundations of a Civic Pride movement by looking at a feasibility study for a Museum for the Town to celebrate its history. We would emphasise the town and including RAF Watton and not exclusively the connection with the RAF.
It is important to value the past in order to value the future. Our children need roots and a sense of belonging – even if they don’t realise it yet! And a meeting place for the history of Watton would aid them in their understanding of how the town has developed and how we all make a contribution to that development, however small that be.
We are already an Associate Member of Museums Norfolk and have visited and talked to many of the accredited museums. We have attended ‘net working’ events and have received encouragement everywhere we have visited.
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