Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery Built as a royal palace over 900 years ago, now a museum, art gallery & study centre. Part of Norfolk Museums Service. The medieval Castle building is currently closed for major redevelopment work.

The museum and art galleries remain open, subject to temporary closures of some areas due to construction work. Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery is packed with treasures to inspire and intrigue visitors of all ages. One of the city’s most famous landmarks, it was built by the Normans as a Royal Palace 900 years ago. Now a museum and art gallery, it is home to some of the most outstanding collec

The museum and art galleries remain open, subject to temporary closures of some areas due to construction work. Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery is packed with treasures to inspire and intrigue visitors of all ages. One of the city’s most famous landmarks, it was built by the Normans as a Royal Palace 900 years ago. Now a museum and art gallery, it is home to some of the most outstanding collec

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For #ThrowbackThursday a side by side comparison of the beautiful, historical Tombland Alley. The pencil drawing is by N...
28/10/2021

For #ThrowbackThursday a side by side comparison of the beautiful, historical Tombland Alley. The pencil drawing is by Norwich born Catherine Maude Nichols (1847 - 1923), painter, printmaker and etcher. Nichols is known for producing over 200 etchings, but also produced oil paintings and pencil drawings, all mostly using Norwich and Norfolk as her subject matter. She studied wood-engraving at the Norwich School of Art, made her debut at the Royal Academy of Arts in 1877, and was one of the first women to be elected as a member into the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers in 1882. Can you spot any changes between Nichols' drawing and Tombland Alley today?

We're recruiting! 📢We're looking for an experienced Marketing Manager to join our team, working on our exciting Royal Pa...
27/10/2021

We're recruiting! 📢

We're looking for an experienced Marketing Manager to join our team, working on our exciting Royal Palace Reborn redevelopment project.

Full time, fixed term contract. Closing date 29 November 2021.

Apply here: https://bit.ly/2Zuqv9n

#CastleReborn #MuseumJobs

We're recruiting! 📢

We're looking for an experienced Marketing Manager to join our team, working on our exciting Royal Palace Reborn redevelopment project.

Full time, fixed term contract. Closing date 29 November 2021.

Apply here: https://bit.ly/2Zuqv9n

#CastleReborn #MuseumJobs

The theme for this year's #BlackHistoryMonth is "The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity". This beauti...
27/10/2021

The theme for this year's #BlackHistoryMonth is "The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity". This beautiful painting, "Susan, Aarti, Keerthana and Princess, Sunday in Brooklyn" (2018) by Aliza Nisenbaum is the perfect opportunity to reflect on that theme.

Nisenbaum is a Mexican-born artist based in New York. Her paintings challenge the social and representational hierarchies of traditional portraiture. For Nisenbaum, her subjects are not merely sitters but active collaborators.

"Sunday in Brooklyn" depicts a two-mother mixed-race family whose collective heritage is Indian and African-American. They are a family who have come together through immigration, adoption, and New York City. But most importantly, it's a warm, joyous celebration of family life.

This work was commissioned by the Contemporary Art Society for Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery through the Valeria Napoleone XX Contemporary Art Society initiative. Image courtesy the artist and Anton Kern Gallery, New York / © Aliza Nisenbaum.

The theme for this year's #BlackHistoryMonth is "The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity". This beautiful painting, "Susan, Aarti, Keerthana and Princess, Sunday in Brooklyn" (2018) by Aliza Nisenbaum is the perfect opportunity to reflect on that theme.

Nisenbaum is a Mexican-born artist based in New York. Her paintings challenge the social and representational hierarchies of traditional portraiture. For Nisenbaum, her subjects are not merely sitters but active collaborators.

"Sunday in Brooklyn" depicts a two-mother mixed-race family whose collective heritage is Indian and African-American. They are a family who have come together through immigration, adoption, and New York City. But most importantly, it's a warm, joyous celebration of family life.

This work was commissioned by the Contemporary Art Society for Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery through the Valeria Napoleone XX Contemporary Art Society initiative. Image courtesy the artist and Anton Kern Gallery, New York / © Aliza Nisenbaum.

#OnThisDay in 1972 the former prison at Alcatraz began giving guided tours, but did you know Norwich Castle was used as ...
26/10/2021

#OnThisDay in 1972 the former prison at Alcatraz began giving guided tours, but did you know Norwich Castle was used as the county gaol for approximately 600 years? Then, due to changes in the legal system, it was adapted into a prison – which it remained as until the 1870s! This photo from 1889 shows the Keep during its conversion from prison to museum.

If you would like to find out more on the changes Norwich Castle has gone through during its life, you can read through this Castle Corner article with the EDP from earlier this month!
https://www.edp24.co.uk/things-to-do/days-out/how-has-norwich-castle-changed-throughout-history-8374178

#OnThisDay in 1972 the former prison at Alcatraz began giving guided tours, but did you know Norwich Castle was used as the county gaol for approximately 600 years? Then, due to changes in the legal system, it was adapted into a prison – which it remained as until the 1870s! This photo from 1889 shows the Keep during its conversion from prison to museum.

If you would like to find out more on the changes Norwich Castle has gone through during its life, you can read through this Castle Corner article with the EDP from earlier this month!
https://www.edp24.co.uk/things-to-do/days-out/how-has-norwich-castle-changed-throughout-history-8374178

People have trillions of microbes in their gut…It's amazing there's room for anything else! But what do they do and why ...
26/10/2021

People have trillions of microbes in their gut…It's amazing there's room for anything else! But what do they do and why are they important? Dr Ken attempts to find out more about this new field of science. He explores why scientists are turning their poo blue, how a great gut creates fantastic farts, and if a yogurt a day is, in fact, a better way to keep the doctor away.

It’s a show that seems stranger than science fiction. Nose pegs are optional. Gut Reaction at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery is suitable for ages five and upwards, but everyone is welcome!

Gut Reaction runs from 26 Oct - 29 Oct 2021, with events at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm on 26, 27 and 29 Oct (not on 28 October).

Pre-booking is essential, and tickets are priced at (and include) museum admission. For more information and to book, follow the link: https://bit.ly/3CgzgCd.

People have trillions of microbes in their gut…It's amazing there's room for anything else! But what do they do and why are they important? Dr Ken attempts to find out more about this new field of science. He explores why scientists are turning their poo blue, how a great gut creates fantastic farts, and if a yogurt a day is, in fact, a better way to keep the doctor away.

It’s a show that seems stranger than science fiction. Nose pegs are optional. Gut Reaction at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery is suitable for ages five and upwards, but everyone is welcome!

Gut Reaction runs from 26 Oct - 29 Oct 2021, with events at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm on 26, 27 and 29 Oct (not on 28 October).

Pre-booking is essential, and tickets are priced at (and include) museum admission. For more information and to book, follow the link: https://bit.ly/3CgzgCd.

Looking for half-term fun for the family? We'll be exploring the gooey details and science of guts and other types of go...
24/10/2021

Looking for half-term fun for the family? We'll be exploring the gooey details and science of guts and other types of gore!

Join us for tours, performances and trails around the museum from Monday 25 to Saturday 30 October! All our activities are included with your museum admission, but some do need to be booked in advance.

Find out more and book your tickets here: https://bit.ly/3DWp9Ty

Norfolk County Council Family Information Service

Looking for half-term fun for the family? We'll be exploring the gooey details and science of guts and other types of gore!

Join us for tours, performances and trails around the museum from Monday 25 to Saturday 30 October! All our activities are included with your museum admission, but some do need to be booked in advance.

Find out more and book your tickets here: https://bit.ly/3DWp9Ty

Norfolk County Council Family Information Service

This would be the perfect weekend for you to get some bulbs in the ground or some pots in the hope of a beautiful displa...
23/10/2021

This would be the perfect weekend for you to get some bulbs in the ground or some pots in the hope of a beautiful display in the spring. Pay attention to planting depth, they need to stay good and cold over the winter. Earthenware tiles with tulip, star and fleur de lys designs and cloisonné brooch with purple crocus and floral display.

Today marks 127 years since Norwich Castle first opened its doors as a museum! We were officially opened on 23 October 1...
23/10/2021

Today marks 127 years since Norwich Castle first opened its doors as a museum! We were officially opened on 23 October 1894 by the Duke and Duchess of York with a reception and banquet in the Castle Keep.

Read the full story of the museum's creation and see more archive photographs on our blog: http://ow.ly/VgQl50Gwq5y

#CastleReborn

Our #TextileTreasures exhibition opens today (23 October 2021) at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery and will be on dis...
23/10/2021

Our #TextileTreasures exhibition opens today (23 October 2021) at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery and will be on display until 23 February 2022!

Textile Treasures is a celebration of some of the best loved textiles in Norwich Castle’s nationally important Costume and Textile collection. The exhibition showcases local connections and personal histories as told through textiles created to provide comfort, care and as a medium for self-expression.

The exhibition includes examples of patchwork, applique, and embroidery – the techniques traditionally used to make bedcovers. The pieces on show combine incredible artistry with emotional resonance which offer an insight into the lives of ordinary people.

The textiles are presented on open display, not behind glass, offering visitors a uniquely intimate view of pieces which are not usually on show to the public.

We are grateful to the Costume & Textile Association for their generous support of this exhibition.

For more information and to book tickets, visit our website via this link: https://bit.ly/3pheWNp.

Our #TextileTreasures exhibition opens today (23 October 2021) at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery and will be on display until 23 February 2022!

Textile Treasures is a celebration of some of the best loved textiles in Norwich Castle’s nationally important Costume and Textile collection. The exhibition showcases local connections and personal histories as told through textiles created to provide comfort, care and as a medium for self-expression.

The exhibition includes examples of patchwork, applique, and embroidery – the techniques traditionally used to make bedcovers. The pieces on show combine incredible artistry with emotional resonance which offer an insight into the lives of ordinary people.

The textiles are presented on open display, not behind glass, offering visitors a uniquely intimate view of pieces which are not usually on show to the public.

We are grateful to the Costume & Textile Association for their generous support of this exhibition.

For more information and to book tickets, visit our website via this link: https://bit.ly/3pheWNp.

This patchwork, probably created by Elizabeth Frances Page, was left unfinished in the 1840s. Precious papers such as pe...
22/10/2021

This patchwork, probably created by Elizabeth Frances Page, was left unfinished in the 1840s. Precious papers such as personal letters, a farmer’s accounts and a child’s handwriting practice act as stiffeners tacked to the light cottons, which have been made into elongated, ‘coffin’ hexagons and joined into rosettes.

This piece has been abandoned almost mid-stitch, with the needle and thread still attached, as if the maker will recommence their work at any moment. This is a poignant object, representing unfulfilled potential, and is one of many examples of unfinished patchwork in the museum collection.

You can see this patchwork and more wonderful pieces at our #TextileTreasures exhibition from 23 Oct 2021 – 20 Feb 2022. Visit the website for more info and to book tickets: https://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/norwich-castle/whats-on/exhibitions/textile-treasures. Thanks to the Costume and Textile Association (@CTANorwich) for their generous support of this exhibition.

21/10/2021

This #TrafalgarDay we're thinking back to our 2017 exhibition 'Nelson & Norfolk', which brought together objects never before seen together in the same display, illuminating the complex and sometimes controversial life of Britain's foremost naval hero.

Take a tour of the exhibition and see star objects here on out YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/3G1ot14

We were delighted to welcome EDP 24 last week to take a sneak peek behind the hoardings at the major work taking place t...
21/10/2021
See how Norwich Castle's keep is being transformed

We were delighted to welcome EDP 24 last week to take a sneak peek behind the hoardings at the major work taking place to completely redevelop our medieval Castle!

Read a full project update and see inside the building site here: https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/norwich-castle-royal-palace-reborn-project-8415616

Keep an eye on our feeds over the coming months as we'll be sharing weekly project updates to show you what we're working on!

Don't forget the medieval Castle building will remain closed while work takes place, but the museum and art galleries are open with plenty to see.

These photographs provide a fascinating glimpse into how Norwich Castle is being transformed.

20/10/2021

Meet our amazing volunteer embroiderers, who are stitching a 19m long embroidery in the style of the Bayeux Tapestry! 🧵

This dedicated group of stitchers have been working on individual panels throughout lockdown, and recently we had the chance to bring the first nine of fourteen panels together for the first time!

Watch the full video on our YouTube channel to learn more about the process and research behind the Norwich Friends Tapestry and hear from the people closest to it - the embroiderers themselves!

👉 https://bit.ly/3vsobLK

Despite its cheap and rather battered appearance, this jug, c.1812, is a prime example of an object with a 'hidden histo...
20/10/2021

Despite its cheap and rather battered appearance, this jug, c.1812, is a prime example of an object with a 'hidden history'. It's a sporting souvenir which provides a rare image for the time of a Black person who is neither enslaved nor a servant.

It commemorates one of two famous boxing matches between British champion Tom Cribb and American champion Tom Molineaux. Molineaux was born enslaved in Virginia, USA, but had won his freedom through his boxing skills.

The jug also contains a portion of a patriotic verse about boxing. Molineaux is included with the British boxers also mentioned, Cribb, Gully and Mendoza, as one of the true, noble and manly characters who could rout the 'little upstart' Napoleon. In a period of fierce anti-French feeling in Britain, the fact that Molineaux was a champion boxer apparently outweighed any concern about his heritage or social status.

However, his story has a sad ending. Once his career as a boxer ended his social status dropped. He moved to Ireland and died of tuberculosis in 1818, aged just 34, after a stint in a debtor's prison.

In 1997 Molineaux was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, affirming the fact that he was one of the best to have graced the ring.

#BlackHistoryMonth

Our half-term programme is spooky in all the wrong ways: we’ll be exploring the gooey details and science of guts and ot...
19/10/2021

Our half-term programme is spooky in all the wrong ways: we’ll be exploring the gooey details and science of guts and other types of gore!

Join us for tours, performances and trails around the museum from Monday 25 to Saturday 30 October! All our activities are included with your museum admission, but some do need to be booked in advance.

Find out more and book your tickets here: https://bit.ly/3DWp9Ty

Norfolk County Council Family Information Service

Our half-term programme is spooky in all the wrong ways: we’ll be exploring the gooey details and science of guts and other types of gore!

Join us for tours, performances and trails around the museum from Monday 25 to Saturday 30 October! All our activities are included with your museum admission, but some do need to be booked in advance.

Find out more and book your tickets here: https://bit.ly/3DWp9Ty

Norfolk County Council Family Information Service

Did you know polymath Sir Thomas Browne was not only born #OnThisDay 1605 but actually died on his 77th birthday in 1682...
19/10/2021

Did you know polymath Sir Thomas Browne was not only born #OnThisDay 1605 but actually died on his 77th birthday in 1682? Browne lived in Norwich from 1637 until his death and was subsequently buried in St Peter Mancroft alongside his family.

His home is depicted in this watercolour ‘The Residence of Sir Thomas Browne’ by A.W. Howlings (1900) and was later demolished in 1842.

Did you know polymath Sir Thomas Browne was not only born #OnThisDay 1605 but actually died on his 77th birthday in 1682? Browne lived in Norwich from 1637 until his death and was subsequently buried in St Peter Mancroft alongside his family.

His home is depicted in this watercolour ‘The Residence of Sir Thomas Browne’ by A.W. Howlings (1900) and was later demolished in 1842.

Here's an unusual view of the city! This 1809 drawing by H.A. Barker shows an an anamorphic or ‘fish-eye’ panorama of th...
17/10/2021

Here's an unusual view of the city! This 1809 drawing by H.A. Barker shows an an anamorphic or ‘fish-eye’ panorama of the Norwich with the Castle at its centre. The perspective is distorted, so the viewer would need a conical or cylindrical mirror to see the landscape as normal.

Drawing an anamorphic panorama wasn't easy - Barker would have started with a circular frame with spokes radiating from its centre, like a wheel. This created trapezoid-shaped 'cells' into which the landscape could then be drawn, cell by cell.

Here's an unusual view of the city! This 1809 drawing by H.A. Barker shows an an anamorphic or ‘fish-eye’ panorama of the Norwich with the Castle at its centre. The perspective is distorted, so the viewer would need a conical or cylindrical mirror to see the landscape as normal.

Drawing an anamorphic panorama wasn't easy - Barker would have started with a circular frame with spokes radiating from its centre, like a wheel. This created trapezoid-shaped 'cells' into which the landscape could then be drawn, cell by cell.

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So sad seeing there is no Pride flag flying from our lovely castle this year, is there anyone who can raise it for the remainder of Pride month?
Who is the sitter in this beautiful 19th century portrait?
Do you have any virtual tours? Thank you
Today’s post is a beautiful painting of flowers. Can I post a photo of my flowers which my family has given me during isolation?
We're planning on coming next Thurs (19 th) and wondering if you'll be doing battlements tours that day please? Thanks, Sx
If you're still looking for Christmas present inspiration this merry monarch from Norwich Castle might be able to help:
Photographer Denise Bradley and I actually gasped when we first saw this incredible model of Herod's Temple - made by a Norfolk farmer. It was once visited by people from around the world and has a starring role in Norwich Castle's Sebald exhibition. Take a look:
Ann Farrant, who spearheaded fundraising campaigns to buy a bust and double portrait of Amelia Opie for Norwich Castle, and the people of Norfolk, has died. There's a fine tribute from the Castle's Francesca Vanke here:
Whether you already know you want a bo***ck dagger or bastard sword for Christmas, or are wondering what to get for difficult-to-buy-for rellies, you need Norwich Castle's fantastic adopt-an-exhibit scheme. I wrote about it in the EDP - which has been lucky enough to adopt a far from commonplace Commonplace Book: