Martham Local History Group started in 2010. We have grown steadily and have more members every year - now over eighty. They come from Martham and surrounding parishes, but some events bring people from further afield. Our website has drawn attention overseas and elsewhere in the UK. Quite exciting, really!
We are not academic historians, but ordinary people who are interested learning about and recording the history and heritage of Martham, its surrounding area and East Anglia. This website is essentially a series of short reports on the talks, trips and other events that have taken place over the years, usually at the rate of one each month. Some of our talks have attracted audiences of over one hundred and "ordinary" meetings are now threatening to exceed the capacity of the Methodist Church whose excellent premises we are very grateful to occupy. Go to the Constitution page for our detailed Aims.
One high point came in June 2012, when we staged a four day Jubilee Exhibition to mark the changes that have occurred in Martham during the sixty years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Copies of the accompanying booklet are still available (contact Secretary on the button below). Well over 400 local people visited, and, along with members of the Parish Church, we raised some £3,000 to help vital restoration work on that Grade I listed building.
Then, in 2013, we worked alongside Media Projects East, long-standing local people and students from Martham's Flegg High School to produce "Martham Stories". Follow the link on the Home page and discover a fascinating record of life in Martham two or three generations ago.
A highlight of 2014 was a coach trip to London and Parliament which you can read about in this website. In 2015 we conducted another hugely successful and heavily subscribed coach trip to Constable Country, whilst in 2016 we made a fascinating visit to Castle Acre. Have a look at this year's programme.
In 2017 we funded and arranged our first historical blue plaque in Martham, to celebrate two of our famous residents - a significant missionary couple from the nineteeth century. In 2018 we set up a study group to look at the enclosures and their impact on the village, followed by the tithe map which is a record of who owned every piece of land in the parish.