Category Archives: Talks


Maud’s Story – the Life of a Norfolk Trading Wherry

The trustees of Wherry Maud Trust are keen to speak to interested groups in order to:

  • increase public awareness of the part Norfolk wherries played in the transport history of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads
  • show how people can get involved in preserving and sailing these boats today

The talk uses up to 50 good quality slides (mostly colour) and lasts approx. 1 hour + time for questions. We will always endeavour to tailor the talk to the interests of our audience on the day.

We can bring a set of information boards with photos illustrating the life of the boat. Those interested can look at the photos at their leisure during the interval or after the talk.

Themes covered by the talk are:

  • Introduction – a brief history of the Norfolk Wherry
  • Maud’s working life and her owners and skippers
  • The rescue of Maud from her watery grave in Ranworth Broad
  • Restoration of the boat – it took 18 years to get her sailing again – materials and methods
  • Use of the boat post restoration and before the Trust was formed
  • Wherry Maud Trust formed in 2015. How it operates + current and future events

Further information can be found on the National Historic Ships website and on Facebook.

See below for upcoming talks

Upcoming Talks

Normally lasting a maximum of 1 hour.

Date Time Group Name Venue Address Speaker
03 Oct 2019
Evening Frinton Rotary Club To be advised Linda
15 Oct 2019
? Blackwater
Probus Club
Le Bouchon, The Square, Holloway Road, Heybridge CM9 4LT Linda
16 Oct 2019
? Sprowston
History Group
To be advised Linda
22 Oct 2019
11.00 Chet Valley Probus Club The White Horse Public House, Chedgrave Linda
14 Nov 2019
? Yare Valley
Probus Club
The Oaklands Hotel, Thorpe Road, Norwich Linda
12 Feb 2020
13:45 Wherry
Probus Club
Sutton Staithe Hotel, Stalham, NR12 9QS Linda
26 Feb 2020
Evening Great Yarmouth Naturalist’s Society To be advised Nigel Gutteridge or

Non members of the groups listed may be able to attend for a small fee. We suggest contacting the group if you  or your friends wish to come along.