The Heritage Centre on The Green in Hunstanton has hosted its first group of students as they visit the newly-opened venue.
The teenagers were from Peterborough School and on a field trip for their GSCE geography course, investigating a module on “How distinctive is your chosen coastal area”.
Led by Ros Mayle, head of geography, and assisted by her colleague Chris Brocklesby, the group of 21 students undertook fieldwork.
Starting at the sand dunes they completed a transection mapping of the area, where dune development, vegetation, land use, sand and soil were all recorded.
They moved on along the beach in front of the cliffs where beach profiles were undertaken as well as a cliff face profile, drawing field sketches and noting both cliff foot and cliff face processes.
At the beginning of the sea wall a survey of the groynes looking for evidence of long shore drift and observations of the other sea defences along with a land use transect along the promenade was completed.
After a trip on the Wash Monster in order to view the unique cliff vista, the students arrived at the Heritage Centre.
Met by Brian Holmes, Andrew Murray and John Maiden, the visitors heard about the origins of the town and the similarities between Hunstanton and the ‘Garden Cities’ were explored.
They finished in the town centre to consider zoning, the form and function of the High Street and contrasting shops in Westgate and Greevegate.
Mrs Mayle said: “Hunstanton is a perfect venue for a geography field trip of this type as the study area is compact and diverse.
“The Heritage Centre is a great resource and I would thoroughly recommend it.”
Mr Murray said: “This was, we hope, the first of many school trips utilising the Heritage Centre and the feedback from staff and students of The Peterborough School was very helpful.”