Salthouse History

Bure Valley School
30 children in year 5 at Bure Valley School, Aylsham, worked with their teacher Sebastian Sutcliffe and local artist Jessica Perry on a scultpture installation for the North Norfolk Exhibition Project at Salthouse in the summer of 2007

Sebastian Sutcliffe above, with some of the year 5 children

The children based their work on the records of Salthouse children living in the nineteenth century, using the registers of baptisms, marriages and burials in conjunction with census information to trace the lifestories of these children.

The children were fascinated by the handwritten registers, and very pleased to find 'their' child appearing in more than one record.  They created their own 'registers', and produced some creative writing based on what they had discovered.

Jessica (right) describes the 'Salt Tears' project :

The children made teardrop shaped sculptures by shaping their own clay molds. Plaster was poured in, and a wire hanger inserted, producing a solid sculpture in half an hour.

The idea behind 'Salt Tears' was for the children to study the register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, and to take a family name and study aspects of that family’s background. They designed their teardrop sculpture to express an emotion: why and when do we shed tears; are they tears of joy, sorrow, or pain, etc.

The children also spent time writing empathetic stories about their chosen family and making ‘antique’ paper: this work will be put into an album, for display also. * see below

There is also the link between the salt in our tears, and the name and location of Salthouse: the salty sea at the edge of the land. These works will be displayed during the Salthouse 07 exhibition, on the rope barrier in the churchyard.

waiting for their work to set
washing the clay off
some of the 'tearful' faces


THE ALBUM that went on show at the NNEP 2007 Exhibition in Salthouse Church

The children's vivid imaginations, as to what it might have been like to have been a child of the same age as themselves in the 19th century, really brings the album to life!
the title pageThe Album

an example of the antique papera page from the album

Another realistic idea of what Charlotte Keymer herself might have written!