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Virginia first visited Norfolk in 2017. Her favourite area is around Cley Marshes and her understanding of this area was deepened when she met and interviewed Bernard Bishop. The Bishops have been wardens on this land since the 1920’s. Shooting on the Marshes stopped and a Bird Sanctuary was declared in the 1950’s. By 1979, the reserve had broadly taken on the shape and form seen today. This a fascinating area and the impact on it’s shape and form by man cannot be underestimated.
By incorporating mud from the marshes, beach detritus and old photographs Virginia seeks to remind of the social, economic and geological layering of this land.