The Project Team

Co-Directors

Rob Knee
Rob Knee

Rob has a background in education, training and research at both a local and a national level. In 2013, Dr Rob Knee and Dr Karen Smyth created the idea for the Paston Footprints Project. Rob delivers costumed talks in role to audiences across Norfolk and Suffolk.

Chair, Paston Heritage Society

Karen Smyth
Karen Smyth

Karen lectures and publishes in the fields of Medieval and Early Modern literature. She researches how people tell stories about the Pastons and the relationship with heritage well-being narratives. Prior to UEA, she worked at the University of Nottingham and Queen’s University of Belfast.

Senior Lecturer, University of East Anglia

Digital Team

Peter Stibbons
Peter Stibbons

Peter was responsible for ITV Schools in the East of England, then Managing Director for Anglia Multimedia; among his productions were Masterpieces with the Maritime University of Leningrad, multimedia developments with Encyclopedia Britannica and the Everyman Millennium Library for HLF.

Digital Director

David Viner
David Viner

David has been programming computers for around 40 years and websites for the last 20 of them. He is also a musician and author. He has been lead web developer for a number of international sites including Mathsnet, Panoramic Earth and the education network Anglia Campus.

Database and Web Programming

James Mindham
James Mindham

James is an freelance 3D graphic artist with a range of skills and a particular interest in archaeological research - though has undertaken a great deal of work for the underwater exploration sector of industry.

3D Graphics

Craig Smith
Craig Smith

Craig is a former student of Paston College and recent Honours Graduate of Derby University. He brings a wide range of digital skills to the project, including animation, 3D modelling, drone piloting and video editing.

Character Animator

Tim Lenton
Tim Lenton

Tim is a former chief sub-editor, training manager and columnist on the Eastern Daily Press in Norwich. He has a BA (Hons) in German from Birkbeck College, London, and has published a number of poetry and other books, some of them for the Paston Heritage Society.

Website Editor

Norfolk Record Office

Gary Tuson
Gary Tuson

Gary heads a service which collects, preserves and makes accessible close to 1000 years of the county’s heritage. To him the Pastons are an early example of one of the powers of archives: they provide us with details of the lives of ordinary people with whom we can empathise and from whom we can learn lessons for today.

County Archivist at the Norfolk Record Office

Jenny Watts
Jenny Watts

Jenny conserves and catalogues archives, assists the public with their enquiries and co-ordinates the Record Office’s volunteer programme. She is fascinated by the small details about everyday life in the Paston letters such as shopping lists, family disputes and money problems.

Senior Archivist, Norfolk Record Office

Victoria Draper
Victoria Draper

Victoria’s team delivers events for all ages based around the documents held in the Record Office, and provides workshops and resources for schools. She notes that the Pastons left a wealth of material giving great insight into their lives, perfect for creating classroom activities.

Education and Outreach Officer, Norfolk Record Office

Community Action Norfolk

Rik Martin
Rik Martin

CAN is a charity that aims to build a stronger, fairer Norfolk through empowerment and strategic partnership with voluntary, community, social enterprise organisations and other stakeholders. With 35 years of working in Norfolk communities, Rik values how history can educate, entertain and define how we see the world today.

Heraldry Consultants

Penny Knee, Chair, The Norfolk Heraldry Society

Dr John Alban
Dr John Alban

John is an historian of the later middle ages, with an especial interest in the Hundred Years’ War and particularly its impact on East Anglia and its people. He has published widely on aspects of medieval warfare and heraldry. Between 1997 and 2013, he was County Archivist of Norfolk.

The Norfolk Heraldry Society, Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of East Anglia

Paston History Consultant

Jean, a retired archivist, has worked for the Historical Manuscripts Commission, Norfolk Record Office, The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the Women’s History Project. Her publications include The Whirlpool of Misadventures, Letters of Robert Paston, 1st Earl of Yarmouth, 1663-1679 (NRS, 2013). She is early-modern editor for the Norfolk Record Society

Archivist

Diocesan Consultant

Caroline Rawlings

Drama Director

Dr Holly Maples

Education Consultants

Georgia Maddocks
Sue Eagle
Tim Taylor

Marketing Consultant

Emily Parker

NCC Environment Team

Matt Hayward
Matt Hayward

I work at Norfolk County Council as Lead Project Officer in the Environment team managing a team delivering a range of projects including infrastructure and feasibility studies. I graduated from Durham University with a BA in Ancient History and Archaeology.

Sophie Cabot
Sophie Cabot

A Projects Officer, I was Senior Projects Officer i/c of the Marriott's Way Heritage Trail 2017-2020. My background is in archaeology and heritage;with Norwich HEART for 9 years I am a Past president of the NNAS, leader of Norwich Young Archaeologists Club, and Chair of Hungate Medieval Art.

Chris Brough
Chris Brough

I have worked as an assistant project officer in Norfolk County Council’s Environment Team since September 2017, following my graduation from UEA with a BSc in Environmental Sciences. Some of the key areas I work in in this team is on mapping and graphic design, as well as green infrastructure delivery.

Paul Thorogood
Paul Thorogood

With NCC since 2005 in Landscape Archaeology, Procurement and Environment roles. I graduated from UEA with a MA in Landscape History in 2002 as Assistant Project Officer in the Cycling and Walking Team and often utilise this knowledge, as well as the more regular project administration.

We wish to thank the following for their generous financial support: