Statues can't just talk by themselves you know...

A big thank you to

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  • The iconic Forum building is managed by The Forum Trust, an independent, self-financing charitable organisation. The Forum’s project purpose encompasses lifelong learning, and includes celebrating the region’s history, heritage and culture. In addition to contributing to the Talking Statues project, it also delivers and supports Norfolk Makers’ Festival, Norwich Gaming Festival, Run Norwich, Norwich Science Festival, coordinates Heritage Open Days and much more.

  • Lottery Funded
    Every time someone plays the National Lottery, they’re contributing to good causes across the UK. Every week, £30 million goes towards arts and culture, local communities, heritage and sport across the UK- this is where money for Project Grants and many other strategic funds issued by the Arts Council comes from. We have received funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England to support our public writing activities.


    In 2012, Writers’ Centre Norwich (now the National Centre for Writing) led the successful bid for Norwich to become England’s first UNESCO City of Literature joining a prestigious network of cities worldwide.We celebrate Norwich’s heritage as a place of ideas, where the power of words has for hundreds of years changed lives. We nurture the city’s contemporary writers and through our UNESCO Young Ambassador programme support young people to share their love of reading, writing, books and ideas with their schools and wider community.

  • Established in November 2012 the Norwich Business Improvement District (BID) has proved itself as an inventive and progressive organisation run for local businesses by local businesses. The Norwich BID covers a defined area of the city where the team works to improve the trading environment and identifies additional projects and services that develop the city centre. Norwich BID enhances and promotes the local environment for its businesses, employees, customers and the community.The overarching vision of Norwich BID is to make a clear positive impact on the vitality of our city centre and the success of the businesses within it.


    Our mission is to radically improve the cultural education offer by creating, advising and facilitating partnerships and networks in the places in which we work. We provide support, advice and guidance to inspire educators and practitioners, helping them to ensure children and young people’s creative and cultural experiences are the most valuable they can be. Festival Bridge is one of ten national Bridge organisations working nationally with investment from Arts Council England and the Department for Education.

  • The Norwich Freemen’s Charity (Previously known as the Norwich Town Close Estates Charity) is an endowed charity and one of the 4 Registered Charities in the Norwich Charitable Trusts group of Charities. The Charity makes grants to individuals and to other charities mainly for educational purposes but also for general welfare needs.

  • Historic England are the public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England's spectacular historic environment.

    Talking Statue’s Cultural Learning Programme is being supported by Historic England’s Heritage Schools programme. This aims to help school children develop an understanding of their local heritage and its significance.

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