Hurray for the Holdich!
I was employed by this Heritage Lottery Funded project to research the history surrounding the Holdich Organ in the church at Upton in Norfolk. This was a very enjoyable project and took my research across the country. As well as a professional research report, I created a church booklet, exhibition, and organised a community day which celebrated the life of Upton and its organ in 1903. It included Edwardian games, an artist in residence and a living history recreation.
“I first met Natalie in the spring of 2017 when she was appointed as an Independent Historical Researcher to an HLF funded project, of which I was one of the project team. The core objective was the restoration of a historic Holdich organ. Natalie’s principle role was to conduct research into the role of music, sacred and secular, in the development of community and church life in the parish of Upton, 1875-1925. This included research into the history and use of the 1863 Holdich organ in St. Margaret’s church Upton, Norfolk.
Working from a single sheet of relevant historical lines of enquiry provided to her by myself. Natalie explored and developed those enquiry lines with a self-motivated, industrious and thoroughly professional expertise that more than fulfilled the heritage outcomes requirement of the HLF grant conditions. In my considered opinion, Natalie would be an invaluable asset to any historical research project and I well expect to be involving her in future projects of mine.” – Ivan, Holdich Organ HLF project 2018