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St Mary’s Church, Redgrave

Saturday 29th September 2018

10.30am – 4.00pm




Tutor: Dr Rosemary Horrox



This study day is a ‘must’ for anyone interested in the late medieval period in England, as it looks at the Pastons, the East Anglian family whose private letters have become well-known.   The Paston family established themselves among the East Anglian gentry in the middle of the 15th century, reputedly making the social “jump” from husbandman to royal justice and landowner in only one generation.   They are thus a classic example of upward social mobility in the late middle ages.   But their

fame today rests primarily on the survival of a major collection of their private letters, allowing us a uniquely intimate insight into the life of this family.


This course will look first at the rise – and rise – of the family itself, and what this tells us about the workings of social mobility. The letters will then be used to explore three further aspects of medieval life, drawing also on other contemporary sources: husbands and wives, parents and children, lords and men.


*Who were the Pastons?

*What is the value of the Paston letters?

*What does this collection of letters tell us about the society of their time?


Come along to this fascinating study day find the answers.


(Tutor’s Note: There are various editions and selections of the Paston letters available, as well as studies of the family, including one by Helen Castor.)




TUTOR: Dr Rosemary Horrox, making a welcome return visit to the Redgrave History Workshop series, is Fellow and Director of Studies in History at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. She has published extensively on various aspects of English medieval history, and is the author of Richard III, A Study in Service (CUP 1989), as well as other titles. She has also currently been acting as General Editor of the Cambridgeshire Records Society and as Series Advisor for the Manchester Medieval Sources series.  


ADMISSION: £18 p.p.. including light lunch








Admission: £18 p.p.

We hope you will come to our Autumn History Workshop 2018, when Dr Rosemary Horrox makes a welcome return to our series, to talk about the

15th century East Anglian family, the Pastons.     The family’s collection of private letters tells us a great deal about their life and times.  

June Shepherd, for Redgrave Church Heritage Trust



Booking Form for History Workshop 29th September 2018


“The Pastons & Their England”



Mrs J. Shepherd, Barn View, Chapel Lane, Botesdale, Diss, IP22 1DT


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Our Winter lecture programme starts on 10th November 2018 with a talk by Dr Spike Bucklow, on “Alchemy and Colour, The Paston Treasure”


The Paston Treasure: Riches and Rarities of the Known World

A major exhibition at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery from 23 June to 23 September 2018, organized in partnership with the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, USA.

The exhibition reunites, for the first time in three centuries, rare 17th century works of art and objects originally featured in a large (166.8 x 247.5cm), mysterious painting The Paston Treasure.

Painted by an unknown Dutch school artist, circa 1663, the painting’s unique and cryptic subject continues to mesmerize and puzzle art scholars and historians.

Featuring an array of exotic treasures from around the world, as well as animals and people, the painting chronicles a fraction of what was once one of the greatest private art collections of 17th century England, amassed by Norfolk’s Paston family, famed for their medieval letters.



SCC Archaeological Service has received HLF funding for community archaeology project. Follow link for details:

National Lottery funding approved for ‘The Hold: A Suffolk Archives Service for the 21st Century’ 

A National Lottery grant of £10.3m to create a flagship heritage centre for Suffolk and transform people’s access to their archives, was announced yesterday.

The money, awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), will see the completion of The Hold beside the Ipswich Waterfront and launch an exciting and people-focused future for Suffolk’s archive service.

A big thank you to everyone who has supported our project 'The Hold: A Suffolk Archives Service for the 21st Century' for which Heritage Lottery Funding was confirmed yesterday.  We are immensely grateful to our staff, volunteers, donors and stakeholders for helping us reach this huge milestone.  Thanks to the Lottery's support, we are looking forward to delivering a huge range of archive-inspired events, activities, and new learning opportunities across the whole of Suffolk!