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Elizabethan Window Wanderland at Thetford Library

September 10, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

In 1578 Queen Elizabeth I and over 200 courtiers travelled into unknown lands on her annual progress. Join us to create vibrantly illuminated window displays celebrating the joy of exploration, curiosity, and Elizabeth I’s visit to Thetford.

People in the places visited by the 1578 Progress are being invited to create vibrant window displays, inspired by this incredible royal journey. In contrast, we shall reflect on how our travel plans were cancelled due to the restrictions during the COVID 19 lockdowns.

During the recent lockdowns our human spirit may have felt dampened, but our need to explore stimulated unexpected reactions. We became lively observers and curious surveyors of our own neighbourhoods. We spent more time in our gardens, enjoyed nature in local parks and stumbled across the history of our roads, streets and lanes.

Joy could also be found watching the changing sky filled with many more birds enjoying the quietness of the restrictions.

The ‘POP 1578: Into the Unknown’ project will inspire you to design silhouettes detailing the adventures of the Elizabethan Progress in 1578 and local birds as our recent symbols of freedom.

These designs will then be upscaled into larger window artwork to be publically displayed at night, to shine across Thetford between Mid-January to Mid-February 2023.

How many window designs will the good citizens of Thetford create?

Suitable for 4+

Event Times
Saturday 10 September: 1000-1700
Booking Details
No booking required

At busy times you may need to wait for a place to create! Check out some books and we shall fit you in as soon as we can!


Thetford Library
Raymond Street
Thetford, Norfolk IP24 2EA
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