1. ITV Report

Norwich's historic statues 'given voices' for Heritage Open Days

It is part of Heritage Open Days 2018. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Ten of Norwich's historic statues have been given a voice as part of a new exhibition.

Each statue has a plaque which can be scanned using your phone, and the statues will then 'call you back'.

You use your phone to get the statues to 'talk'. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Stephen Fry and Olivia Coleman are among voices used.

The project's seen writers and actors imagine what the statues would have to say if they could talk.

The ten statues are:

  • Lord Nelson - Written and voiced by Stephen Fry. In the Cathedral Close.
  • Julian of Norwich - Written by Sarah Perry and voiced by Olivia Colman. Also at the Cathedral.
  • Peace - Written and voiced by Molly Naylor. At the junction of Agricultural Hall Plain and Castle Meadow.
  • The City Hall Lions - Written by Karl Minns and voiced by The Nimmo Twins. At the front steps of City Hall.
  • Thomas Browne - Written by George Szirtes and voiced by Adam Buxton. In the Haymarket.
  • Will Kempe - Written and voiced by Luke Wright. In Chapelfield Gardens.
  • Peter the Wild Boy - Written by Alexander Gordon Smith and voiced by Keith Skipper. In Bridewell Alley.
  • Amelia Opie - Written by Megan Bradbury and voiced by Zoe Telford.
  • Snap the Dragon - located at the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell,
  • Missing Statue- located at the Church of St John Maddermarket.

The project is part of Heritage Open Days 2018.

I grew up in Norwich, and since relocating back to the area, I knew that I wanted to do something to showcase the city I love and its incredible heritage and cultural landscape.

Having been on the advisory board of Sing London for the last decade, and having been involved with Talking Statues previous iterations, I just knew it would provide the perfect platform for us to celebrate our Fine city!”

– Alice Whitney, the project producer from Creative Nation