The Northfolk Project
A new dawn and a new beginning. After more than 32 years with the Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service I am now doing my own thing, immersing myself in North Norfolk, its history, culture, and environment and working for the general good, whilst having some fun, making friends and to some extent making a living. My self-styled 'Northfolk Project' is simply a portfolio of things designed to amuse me and do some good. Geology is featuring pretty heavily at the moment (hence the Field Guide to North Norfolk Geology within this site) and I have recently become the general secretary of the Geological Society of Norfolk. But over the past couple of years I have started a microbrewery, and I hope to write some books. And I haven't mentioned the ganseys. I'll tell you about those one day. I also still work for the Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service from time to time. Do read on.
Martin Warren, Cromer, Norfolk
Geology Walks on Norfolk's Ice Age Coast
North Norfolk has fascinating geology - and archaeology - and I have established an enthusiastic following for my public 'geology walks' at West Runton over more than 20 years. They are suitable for all ages and abilities. We avoid jargon and bring the story alive. We look at Ice Age sediments, the grave of the West Runton elephant, visit the sea bed of the Cretaceous when dinosaurs roamed the land and gaze over the flooded and forgotten country beneath the North Sea. There is so much to talk about because every stone tells and story...
Here are some quotes from people who have been on a walk:
I had wanted to come on one of your geology walks for such a long time but somehow didn't get around to it. Today, I came on the walk with a friend and it was superb in every way! I so enjoyed the way you presented the information, the analogies you drew which gave me and others I am sure, a graphic picture of the way the cliffs were formed over time. Not least, the entire process seemed entirely spontaneous as it can only be when someone 'knows their stuff'. Your demonstration on the sand was well...worth a thousand words.
Your good humour, obvious enthusiasm and love of your work was infectious.......... and let's hope your brewery succeeds as much as this!!!! Well done you and .........not forgetting your wife!
Thank you.............thank you very much."
"Thank you Martin for a wonderful walk at West Runton today. Geology was something that, at school, I always felt should be interesting but could never get my mind around - your talk today proved it to be the fascinating subject that I felt it must be and has fired me up to learn more! It's the best 3 pounds I've spent in a long while!"
"By the way, the walk and talk you gave way back in May was excellent, I have and still wax lyrical about it. No doubt I'll pitch up again, happy to hear repeated some of info that didn't necessarily sink in first time round!"
"Thank you again for yesterday's first class Geological Walk at West Runton. I have examined your web site and found it as interesting as the walk. The panoramic pictures of the cliff are particularly fine.
"I look forward to your book and your beer!"
Geology Walks and Beery Walks in North Norfolk: dates for 2017
Photo courtesy of Mark Rosen
Stop press: The West Runton Rhino
On 28 January 2015 a partial skull with two sets of tooth rows was discovered exposed by the tide in the West Runton Freshwater Bed, West Runton, Norfolk, England. The finder, Jonathan Stewart, made a preliminary investigation and partial excavation. Unfortunately it was late in the afternoon and darkness was threatening. Furthermore Jonathan was departing on vacation at 3am that night and he was unable to complete the dig, so he called me for assistance.
Cromer Forest-bed Fossil Project
You can help scientists to understand more about Norfolk's geological past by participating in this project. If you find fossils on the Norfolk coast, especially those from the ice-age deposits known as the Cromer Forest-bed, they would be please to hear from you at the Norwich Castle Study Centre in Norwich.
I give illustrated talks to groups on various topics with geological and Norfolk themes:
Of Ice and Men: The Dynamic Ice Age Coast and the Geology of North Norfolk
Recent research reveals many exciting secrets about the geology and archaeology of Norfolk's Ice Age Coast.
The West Runton Mammoth: A Curator Goes Elephant Hunting.
The story of the death, discover and conservation of Norfolk's iconic Ice Age elephant.
Ales Gas 'n Lager: Adventures in BeerBeer Tasting and the story of Poppyland Brewery
How Norfolk's smallest and newest microbrewery came into being and a chance to taste some beers. If your premises is licensed or wish to obtain a temporary event notice (£21 from your district council) you can buy beer at the event and I will reduce my fee.
I am fully equipped with digital projection equipment and screen. Give me a call on 01263 513992 or mobile 07887 389804 or email me on martin.warren[at]talktalk.net. Charges are a fee (usually £60, £40 for talk at a licensed sales event) plus 20p per mile travel.
The Poppyland BreweryI was a frustrated brewer. It was my ambition to establish a very small brewery in Cromer, to create extraordinary ales using local ingredients. Well it is now a reality and my beer has gone on sale in the Cromer Health and Farm Shop, only to sell out in a day. The Real Ale Shop at Holkham also stocks it but I'd really like you to buy directly from the brewery in West Street, Cromer.
I found a brewery site. It was very small but it was only 26 metres from my front gate. When Peter Allen decided to retire and close Allen's Garages in Cromer (established 1896) he sold the site for redevelopment to Anchor Homes of North Walsham. Unbeknown to me, he retained a small part in his ownership: the old West Street entrance and the adjacent office/shop. They were empty and he had no plans for them. While I had been looking high and low around north Norfolk for a suitable site, this had been under my nose all the time. At 377 square feet it was barely large enough but it is turning into a lovely little project. Read on.
For the latest news of the brews and developments at the Poppyland Brewery, read my blog: Poppyland Brewer