How Hill stands on a knoll overlooking the Norfolk Broads. It was built by architect Edward T Boardman and his wife Florence in 1904. Florence was a daughter of Jeremiah James Colman, the great mustard and starch manufacturer and, along with JJ Colman and family, she journeyed up the River Nile on a luxury Thomas Cook boat, early in 1897, in search of Egyptian antiquities and warm weather.
Decades later, in 1921, the Colmans donated their 'antikas' to Norwich Castle Museum and these now form the core of the Castle's Egyptian collection. Faye Kalloniatis, who has recently written a splendid catalogue of this collection, will tell the fascinating story of the Colmans' travels within Egypt and how they acquired some rare and exceptional antiquities - The Colman Family: Bringing Egypt to Norfolk.
Charlotte Crawley will give an illuminating talk The Lure of Egypt: The Rev. ET Daniell, Howard Carter & other Norfolk visitors to Egypt about some other Norfolk people who have been involved with Egypt. These include the Rev. E T Daniell, a Norwich School artist who visited Egypt in the 1840s, Thomas Cook & Sons, who built Sennowe Park at Guist, and Lord & Lady Amherst of Didlington Hall, whose huge Egyptian collection inspired the young Howard Carter from nearby Swaffham.
In the afternoon, the Director of How Hill Trust, Simon Partridge, will welcome us to How Hill and will relate its History as well as give a guided tour of its delightful Secret Gardens!
There will also be an opportunity to board the Colman/Boardman wherry, Hathor, accompanied by a leading expert on such vessels, Peter Bower, who will take us below deck to view the fine inlaid Egyptian decoration. There will also be a chance to explore the small labourer's cottage situated near the river.
Tickets are £45 per person and include morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea and cake. There will be steps to go down into the Hathor cabins and stairs to climb in the cottage. We will be outside from 2.00pm so please check the weather beforehand and bring umbrellas/sunshades if necessary, and comfortable footwear for uneven ground.
N.B. The day will begin with two talks at Ludham Village Hall and in the afternoon we will drive to How Hill, only a short distance away (map provided on the day), to view How Hill and the Hathor
- Main Course: Quiche Lorraine or Broccoli & Stilton Quiche
- Both come with with hot buttered new potatoes, green bean, pea, feta and mint Salad, pear and fennel Salad with rocket, pecorino cheese and caraway seeds
- Dessert: Meringue Roulade with berries and cream or Chocolate Roulade with raspberries and cream
Event is hosted by Charlotte Crawley.
Current Covid regulations will apply.
|10.00am||Arrival, Welcome Ludham Church Hall and tea/coffee|
|10.30am||Talks by Faye Kalloniatis and Charlotte Crawley|
|1.30pm||Drive to How Hill (map and directions will be provided)|
|2.00pm||Assemble at How Hill and introduction from Director Simon Partridge and Peter Bower|
|2.15pm||Group 1 tour of grounds & garden with Simon. Group 2 walk to broad (5 mins) and viewing of Hathor wherry with Peter and the labourer's cottage|
|3.45pm||Tea/coffee & cake at How Hill|