Dereham’s new signs

October 22, 2021

Launch ceremony for our new signs

Today saw the official unveiling of Dereham’s wayfinding panels and finger posts that have been installed around the town to help bring its rich history to life and direct pedestrians to various points of interest.

Led by the aboutDereham Partnership and designed by local historian Sue Walker from Dereham Heritage Trust, the 14 information panels contain lots of interesting facts, maps and old photos about the town’s past and its famous residents.

The panels guide visitors around the town to its main attractions and local landmarks such as the Windmill, Bishop Bonner’s cottage and the Mid-Norfolk Railway. The panels are complemented by new fingerpost direction signs around the town.

Mayor Stuart Green unveils the new signs
Mayor Stuart Green with (left) Cllr Alison Webb and (right) Cllr Martin Wilby
One of the new finger-posts
One of the new finger-posts, at the top of Church Street

The suggestion for the panels and posts came from aboutDereham members who said it was a priority for the town.  As a result, a study was funded through Breckland’s Market Town Initiative. 

Chairman, Mike Webb commented:  “I’m very proud of what’s been done. The research carried out by Dereham Heritage Trust, the designing of the panels, arranging the fabrication and installation has all been done to a very high spec. The feedback has been very positive with many compliments about the information and design.  Well done to everybody who’s been involved.”

Town Mayor, Councillor Stuart Green officially unveiled the main panel in the Market Place, commenting: “This is the second successful project in the last few months and just goes to show what can be achieved working collaboratively with the support of all three councils. The panels give a real boost to the town centre and offer a more welcoming and accessible environment for visitors. The wealth of local information about Dereham and its people is incredible.”

Breckland Council have been pleased to support and contribute to this project which has been jointly funded with the Town Council and Norfolk County Council. Cllr Alison Webb, Executive member for health and housing, said during the unveiling that:  “It demonstrates the benefit of partnership working with other councils and the voluntary sector. It’s a very visible and tangible project that benefits our residents and visitors alike.”

Councillor Webb was one of the first to speak out and support the project which was designed to increase the ease of navigating around the town and finding key destinations

Councillor Alison Webb
Councillor Alison Webb supported the project
Councillor Martin Wilby, NCC

Norfolk County Council’s Cabinet Member, Councillor Martin Wilby, hoped this would be the first of many joint projects in the future and commented: “It shows the crucial role of the voluntary sector with their enthusiasm, commitment and chivvying to get things done. 

Councillor Wilby said he was very impressed with the new interpretation panels, in fact, he said, they are among the best he has ever seen.

In response, Carolyn Coleman who also worked on the signs said, “We know they are very content rich – they contain a lot of information. But it is what we wanted to achieve – we wanted to tell the story of Dereham.”