Image: Norfolk Medieval Graffiti Survey The NMGS has previously been the subject of national media attention following the discovery of highly significant architectural designs etched onto the wall of Binham Priory in Norfolk.
The finds, published in the English Heritage Historical Review, are believed to be part of the master mason’s working drawings for the architecturally important west front and are thought to date back to the 1240s.
Joint Winner- Awards for the Presentation of Heritage Research 20 winner of the Marsh award for Community Archaeology.
Members of the Norfolk Medieval Graffiti Survey (NMGS) ( began a survey of the magnificent Norman cathedral at the beginning of February 2013 with the aim of recording early graffiti inscriptions that the building might contain.
Although today graffiti is regarded as something undesirable and destructive this doesn’t appear to have been the case during the past.
“ “and that was certainly the case with the architectural inscriptions.
Historian/Archaeologist with twenty years experience of working in built heritage conservation, project management and interpretation.
Project director of the Norfolk Medieval Graffiti Survey (NMGS) - a volunteer led community archaeology project that aims to undertake the first large scale, systematic survey, of medieval graffiti in the UK.
However, the real thrill comes from discovering a previously unknown medieval inscription.
Many of the examples can only be seen with specialist lighting and remain visible only for as long as it takes to photograph them.
“when personal names are either written upside-down or back to front, and it is thought that these were meant to bring ill-fortune to the subject. Although we still have a lot of work to do it is certainly not being ruled out.