Welcome to Docking Heritage Group The group was formed in 2007 as part of Norfolk County Council's ARCH (Archiving Rural Community… [read more]
Family connections We can help you research your Docking ancestors. We have transcripts of the following parish registers which are available… [read more]
Mapping the spread of Docking Our aims Through map regression (ie the examination of as many maps from different points in time as possible, starting… [read more]
A PICTORIAL HISTORY Our extensive photograph collection was begun by the late Tony Arter.… [read more]
With our calendar of events for 2013 now finished, all that remains is for us to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we look forward to you joining us in 2014.
Some of the members of Docking Heritage Group spent the August bank holiday weekend at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse museum as part of their annual ‘Village at War’ celebrations. All those taking part, as well as the estimated 4000 visitors who came through the gates, enjoyed the many sights and sounds of wartime Britain in the 1940s. The warm sunny weather, the music and the many hundreds of people in period dress all added to the party atmosphere. The weekend ended with a fantastic low level flypast by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Thank you to all those who took time to stop and pay us a visit, and we look forward to seeing you all again there next year. All in all a very enjoyable and successful weekend.
Our annual exhibition was held over the Bank Holiday weekend of the 5th and 6th of May and attracted nearly 200 visitors. This year’s theme was the archaeology of Docking. Lots of interesting finds and artefacts were on display which ranged in date from the Neolithic to the modern day. We were all surprised and excited when two trays were brought in containing pottery sherds and flint tools, around half of which were pre-historic and which came from a part of the village which until now has had no finds recorded there. Also on display was a 98 year old christening gown which has been worn by every generation of the same family since 1915, a World War 2 wedding dress made of parachute silk, Family and oral history help desks, a vintage camera collection and old photographs. The exhibition was also used to launch our new DVD “Docking – How we used to live”. We were also joined at the event by representatives from the West Norfolk Metal Detecting Club, FOND (Friends of Norfolk Dialect) and Norfolk Historic Environment Services. Another good exhibition enjoyed by all.
If you enjoyed the last DVD, you’ll be pleased to know that a NEW DVD has now been launched. Titled “Docking – How we used to live” this 50 minute DVD takes a look back at a variety of subjects, including the types of housing available, employment, trades, transport, leisure activities and a whole lot more. Follow this link for more details.
We are now the owners of a small marquee 3 x 6 metres which we can use for all outreach events; if you would like to hire it from us for a small fee please contact the chairman, secretary or treasurer. There would be a deposit to pay as well as a hire charge.
2014 will be the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War 1. Our exhibition next year will include details and stories about the role the village played and of the people from Docking who fought in the war. Can you help us with stories or artifacts from that time. Did your Father or Grandfather take part in the conflict? We know about those who went to war and didn’t return, but we know very little about those who returned after the war and carried on life in Docking. If you can help us in any way, please Contact us.