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Inspired by Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery's current exhibition "Slaves Of Fashion", be part of a digital community...
03/01/2023
Together at the Seams: A Community Patchwork

Inspired by Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery's current exhibition "Slaves Of Fashion", be part of a digital community patchwork made up of textiles holding special meaning to you! 🧵

📍 Norfolk Heritage Centre, meeting room
📅 Saturday 7th January
⏰ Drop in between 10.30am-12.30pm or 2-4pm

Create a digital patchwork inspired by "The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion" exhibition.

Our Christmas opening hours for 2022/23 🎄🎅Sat 24th Dec: Close at 12 noonSun 25th - Tues 27th Dec: ClosedWed 28th - Fri 3...
19/12/2022

Our Christmas opening hours for 2022/23 🎄🎅

Sat 24th Dec: Close at 12 noon
Sun 25th - Tues 27th Dec: Closed
Wed 28th - Fri 30th Dec: Open 10am - 7pm
Sun 31st Dec: Close at 4pm
Mon 1st Jan: Closed
From Tues 3rd Jan: Open 10am - 7pm

Best wishes for the season!

Today’s post is dedicated to an album of watercolour drawings drawn by a Miss Chilvers, from about the year 1860. Most o...
23/11/2022

Today’s post is dedicated to an album of watercolour drawings drawn by a Miss Chilvers, from about the year 1860. Most of the watercolours illustrate scenes, costumes and characters from plays performed at the Theatre Royal in Norwich but there are also some delicate observational drawings (such as the cats!) too. #1860

Hello everyone,  here with this image of ‘A Cross & Horse’ which has just been digitised from the Sydney Hubbard glass n...
16/11/2022

Hello everyone, here with this image of ‘A Cross & Horse’ which has just been digitised from the Sydney Hubbard glass negative collection at Picture Norfolk. Though posed, I think this photograph is full of character from Mr Cross’s expression and hand holding the cigarette. Scroll to see more detail

Read the first post of ‘Impressed!’, a blog series about the history, techniques, and quirks of printmaking by Dr. Rebec...
15/11/2022
Impressed!

Read the first post of ‘Impressed!’, a blog series about the history, techniques, and quirks of printmaking by Dr. Rebecca Feakes. Rebecca is part of the Norfolk Heritage Centre team and is responsible for cataloguing our Prints Collection. 🖼️🗃️

The first post in a series about printmaking using examples from the Norfolk Heritage Centre’s Prints Collection.

Norfolk Young Heritage Collective are a group of young people aged 12-18 who meet at Norfolk Heritage Centre to learn ab...
17/10/2022

Norfolk Young Heritage Collective are a group of young people aged 12-18 who meet at Norfolk Heritage Centre to learn about and discuss lesser-known aspects of Norfolk’s heritage in creative ways!

This term we’re learning all about the history of photography. Last week we were joined by Clare from Picture Norfolk to show us some examples of very old photographic technology, like daguerreotypes and stereoscopes.

We still have spaces available - if you (or a young person you know) are interested in history or photography get in touch!

📆 Thursdays 27th Oct, 10th Nov, 24th Nov, 8th Dec, 22nd Dec
🕰 4.15 - 5.30pm
📍 Vernon Castle Room, 2nd floor
💰 Free!

For more information please contact Apryl via [email protected]

Interested in researching your family history but don't know where to start? Join us on Saturday 15 October (10.30am-3.3...
05/10/2022

Interested in researching your family history but don't know where to start? Join us on Saturday 15 October (10.30am-3.30pm) for our Introduction to Family History day course (£15, payable on the day; lunch not included). To book, visit bit.ly/3EgXxcB or email [email protected]. (Course requires the use of a wifi-enabled laptop computer: please bring your own device.)

Hi everyone, Kate here with a fantastic group portrait of the Cursons family taken by Sydney Hubbard, a local Norfolk ph...
05/10/2022

Hi everyone, Kate here with a fantastic group portrait of the Cursons family taken by Sydney Hubbard, a local Norfolk photographer whose collection is stored in the Picture Norfolk archive. As we transition into October let’s take some Autumn sartorial inspiration from their outfits, which I feel highly express the personalities of each family member! (Also - the dogs!)

Attention book/Arts and Crafts lovers! 📚🌿Free event TODAY - Drop by and see us on the second floor of  from 10.30am-3.30...
01/10/2022

Attention book/Arts and Crafts lovers! 📚🌿

Free event TODAY - Drop by and see us on the second floor of from 10.30am-3.30pm for a rare chance to see a selection of our books printed by at the .

Service closures: Monday 19 September is a public holiday for the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Infor...
12/09/2022

Service closures: Monday 19 September is a public holiday for the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Information about closures can be found here: https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/bank-holidays

Norfolk Library and Information Service joins in the nation's mourning for Her Majesty the Queen.Our social media feeds ...
09/09/2022

Norfolk Library and Information Service joins in the nation's mourning for Her Majesty the Queen.

Our social media feeds will remain silent during this period of mourning. Our libraries will stay open during their normal hours as places of reflection.

Image description: a black and white photograph of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the Millennium Library.

✨ New podcast episode! ✨ Join historian Vic Morgan as he discusses Elizabeth I’s progress to Norwich in 1578, a unique w...
25/08/2022

✨ New podcast episode! ✨

Join historian Vic Morgan as he discusses Elizabeth I’s progress to Norwich in 1578, a unique window on 16th century arenas of politics, religion and the fates of significant families in the region. This talk was recorded live at Norfolk Heritage Centre on Tuesday 23rd August 2022.

This talk is part of a series of events for Putting On a Progress 1578, run by .

Listen via the link in our profile!

The Green Influencer is a new climate-focused newspaper written by our History Hunters group, which launched on Thursday...
20/08/2022

The Green Influencer is a new climate-focused newspaper written by our History Hunters group, which launched on Thursday. 🌿🗞

Inside you’ll find interviews with local people to find out their views on climate change. Plus there’s a few memes and fun illustrations for good measure!

Copies are free and will be available to pick up across from September - or you can pop into the to collect one right now!

The newspaper was made possible with support from , the Ernest Cook Trust and the fund. Thanks also to .

Photos from Norfolk Heritage Centre's post
12/08/2022

Photos from Norfolk Heritage Centre's post

Free event featuring virtual reality! Join us at Norwich Millennium Library on Saturday 20 August and discover more abou...
29/07/2022

Free event featuring virtual reality! Join us at Norwich Millennium Library on Saturday 20 August and discover more about Queen Elizabeth I's royal progress from London to Norwich in 1578.
Booking essential. To reserve your place, visit bit.ly/3EgXxcB

Thanks to  we will be at Latitude this weekend with the Norwich Millennium Zine Library! 🌻At 3pm on Saturday Community L...
21/07/2022

Thanks to we will be at Latitude this weekend with the Norwich Millennium Zine Library! 🌻

At 3pm on Saturday Community Librarians Apryl Markham-Uden and Rachel Ridealgh will show you how to make a radical local history-themed zine using material from Norfolk Heritage Centre.

Norwich Millennium Zine Library is on the first floor of the and has 200+ zines on topics like activism, protest, local interest, gender, sexuality, photography, art, nature, and more.

Any zines you make in our session can be donated to the Zine Library collection!

Next Tuesday! Free event! Join us 1pm Tues 19 July for a rare opportunity to examine historic  newspapers and discover 1...
15/07/2022

Next Tuesday! Free event! Join us 1pm Tues 19 July for a rare opportunity to examine historic newspapers and discover 18th, 19th and 20th century stories that hit the headlines.

Book via bit.ly/3EgXxcB or email [email protected]

Asha is doing two weeks of work experience with us and is working on the ephemera collection - organising, cataloguing, ...
13/07/2022

Asha is doing two weeks of work experience with us and is working on the ephemera collection - organising, cataloguing, and sleeving items for preservation.

She has just found these two lovely trade cards for Norwich clothing stores Green and Skoyles, which will be appearing on Picture Norfolk soon 🕊🦋

We’ll share more treasures as Asha comes across them!

08/07/2022

How cool is this! Thanks for our first reel - we’re very excited for September! ✨

Posted • A fascinating visit to the stacks room for the HODs team at the Norfolk Heritage Centre which is tucked away on the second floor of the in 🔍

There is just so much to discover... And you'll have the opportunity to explore for yourself during Norfolk HODs 2022!



A huge thank you to Mike and Neil at  for hosting our History Hunters group today. We had a wonderful morning collaborat...
18/06/2022

A huge thank you to Mike and Neil at for hosting our History Hunters group today. We had a wonderful morning collaborating on the design for issue one of 'The Green Influencer', a newspaper written to highlight issues around the climate emergency. (Coming soon to a Norfolk library near you!)

Next Tuesday! Free talk! (In-person and online.) Join us 1pm Tues 21 June for 'Ink in My Blood: My Half Century in Newsp...
17/06/2022

Next Tuesday! Free talk! (In-person and online.) Join us 1pm Tues 21 June for 'Ink in My Blood: My Half Century in Newspapers' with writer Neil Haverson.
To attend in person or to view the livestream, book via bit.ly/3EgXxcB or email [email protected]

Free talk! (In-person and online.) Join us 1pm Tues 21 June for 'Ink in My Blood: My Half Century in Newspapers' with Ne...
10/06/2022

Free talk! (In-person and online.) Join us 1pm Tues 21 June for 'Ink in My Blood: My Half Century in Newspapers' with Neil Haverson.

To attend in person or view livestream, book via bit.ly/3EgXxcB or email [email protected]

Next Tuesday! Free event! Join us on the ground floor at Norwich Millennium Library 7pm Tues 14 June for "Blood! S*x! Cr...
10/06/2022

Next Tuesday! Free event! Join us on the ground floor at Norwich Millennium Library 7pm Tues 14 June for "Blood! S*x! Crime!" featuring author Hallie Rubenhold, livestreamed from The British Library, and view a complementary display of sensational broadsides and newspapers from our collections. To book, visit bit.ly/3EgXxcB

Free online session! Join us next Wednesday (25 May) 6-7pm for 'Discovering Norfolk's Historic Newspapers', inspired by ...
20/05/2022

Free online session! Join us next Wednesday (25 May) 6-7pm for 'Discovering Norfolk's Historic Newspapers', inspired by the current exhibition at The British Library.

To book, visit bit.ly/3EgXxcB

Free talk! (In-person and online.) Join us at 1pm next Tuesday (17th May) for 'A Leaf from Our Book: the Afterlife of a ...
13/05/2022

Free talk! (In-person and online.) Join us at 1pm next Tuesday (17th May) for 'A Leaf from Our Book: the Afterlife of a Medieval Manuscript' with Georgina Rowley.

Booking essential: to attend in person or to view the livestream, visit bit.ly/3EgXxcB or email [email protected].

May is Local and Community History Month - the perfect time to learn something new about the people, places, and stories...
05/05/2022

May is Local and Community History Month - the perfect time to learn something new about the people, places, and stories of Norfolk! Borrow a book from our display on the ground floor of . 📚

Hello all, .rowley here with beautiful  from the uncatalogued section of ex-referenda I’ve been working with. Lovely swa...
27/04/2022

Hello all, .rowley here with beautiful from the uncatalogued section of ex-referenda I’ve been working with. Lovely swashes on the capital letters, and abbreviations of ‘nota bene.’

Due to building work, Norfolk Heritage Centre will be closed to the public on the following days:- Weds 4 May- Thurs 5 M...
26/04/2022

Due to building work, Norfolk Heritage Centre will be closed to the public on the following days:

- Weds 4 May
- Thurs 5 May
- Fri 6 May

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

A new theme from History Begins at Home, . Who could you  to reminisce?
01/04/2022

A new theme from History Begins at Home, . Who could you to reminisce?

Did you receive pocket money as a child? Where did you open your first bank account? Do you remember getting your first pay packet?

Join us throughout April as we prompt memories and conversations with our new theme: .

historybeginsathome.org

TOMORROW! Free online session! Join us Thurs 31 March 12-1pm for the first of our 'Discovering Norfolk's Historic Newspa...
30/03/2022

TOMORROW! Free online session! Join us Thurs 31 March 12-1pm for the first of our 'Discovering Norfolk's Historic Newspapers' sessions, inspired by the upcoming exhibition at the British Library.

To book, visit bit.ly/3EgXxcB

While in-person tickets for our next free talk tomorrow, 'Women's Voices from the Norfolk County Lunatic Asylum' (22/3, ...
21/03/2022

While in-person tickets for our next free talk tomorrow, 'Women's Voices from the Norfolk County Lunatic Asylum' (22/3, 1pm), have sold out, you can still attend via the marvel of the tinterweb.

Just visit bit.ly/3C8FGEh and register to view it online via our livestream.

Hi everyone,  here with a really great photo to celebrate International Women’s Day! I love this image of three domestic...
08/03/2022

Hi everyone, here with a really great photo to celebrate International Women’s Day! I love this image of three domestic servants sitting playfully on a seesaw - zoom in and you can see all of their wonderful expressions. This photo comes from the Sydney Hubbard glass plate collection at Picture Norfolk.

.rowley here with a wonderful book I’ve catalogued today. A stunning ‘Eusebii Caesariēsis Episcopi Chronicon’ from the p...
07/03/2022

.rowley here with a wonderful book I’ve catalogued today. A stunning ‘Eusebii Caesariēsis Episcopi Chronicon’ from the printing firm of Henri Estienne (Henricus Stephanus). Possibly from 1511. A stunning example of early modern printing.

News has the power to make and break elections. We base our opinions, decisions and arguments on it. It shapes the world...
04/03/2022

News has the power to make and break elections. We base our opinions, decisions and arguments on it. It shapes the world around us – and the way we make sense of it. But what makes the news where you live? And how does a local story become a headline grabber?

Join the debate at this new free display created by the and inspired by its major exhibition, Breaking the News (22 April to 21 August 2022). Find the display on the ground and second floors of the . It’s one of many displays featuring in libraries across the UK, alongside an extensive programme of events thanks to the Living Knowledge Network.

Hello!  here with some lovely images of ladies and their bicycles to share today. It must have been very difficult to cy...
03/03/2022

Hello! here with some lovely images of ladies and their bicycles to share today. It must have been very difficult to cycle with long skirts but I can imagine the freedom of cycling wherever you liked was worth it! Pictured here: Miss G Farrow, Miss Standford, Miss Coley and Miss Wurr. These photographs come from the Sydney Hubbard glass plate negative collection at Picture Norfolk.

Posted  •  Our touring exhibition ‘Desire, love, identity: exploring LGBTQ histories’ visited five UK venues over its re...
25/02/2022

Posted • Our touring exhibition ‘Desire, love, identity: exploring LGBTQ histories’ visited five UK venues over its recent tour. Each added objects from their own collections and communities to the show, highlighting local LGBTQ histories and connections.

These objects were added at Norfolk and Norwich – they focus on Justin Fashanu, who began his football career at Norwich City Football Club in the late 1970s and was the first professional footballer in England to come out as gay.

Rachel Ridealgh, Community Librarian for Local Studies at Norfolk Library and Information Service says: “These objects were chosen for inclusion in exhibition by Norfolk Heritage Centre’s young Community Curators group because of the challenges faced by Fashanu as a gay, Black professional footballer, and his inspiring legacy.”

Celebrating our recent partnership exhibition, volunteers and colleagues from partner institutions have selected objects celebrating LGBTQ stories in this blog post. Link in bio.

🔎 ‘Forbidden Forward: The Justin Fashanu Story’ by Nick Baker, and Justin Fashanu All-Stars fabric patch, and Justin Campaign badge.

This  is a fascinating book detailing the sinking of the HMS Royal George. In 1756, the Royal George was the largest war...
22/02/2022

This is a fascinating book detailing the sinking of the HMS Royal George. In 1756, the Royal George was the largest warship ever built; categorised as a first-rate (the largest class) of the British Royal Navy, this ship was a true giant. During maintenance undertaken at Portsmouth, the ship was intentionally rolled so parts of the hull could be repaired. Unfortunately, the ship rolled too far and sank, killing an estimated 900 people on board. There were several attempts to raise the ship from the sea bed, but by the mid-19th century, a series of planned explosions had cleared the debris away. A limited number of these books were bound in the wood of the wreck. They commemorate the history of the ship, the sinking, and the salvaging attempts. This tiny book wears its history.

Hello all .rowley here with a very delicate and calming
21/02/2022

Hello all .rowley here with a very delicate and calming

News has the power to make and break elections. We base our opinions, decisions and arguments on it. It shapes the world...
18/02/2022

News has the power to make and break elections. We base our opinions, decisions and arguments on it. It shapes the world around us – and the way we make sense of it. But what makes the news where you live? And how does a local story become a headline grabber?

Join the debate at this new free display created by the The British Library and inspired by its major exhibition, Breaking the News (22 April to 21 August 2022), at Norwich Millennium Library from 24 Feb. It’s one of many displays featuring in libraries across the UK, alongside an extensive programme of events.

Discover what’s on by visiting https://t.co/qNMlpkBv2A - more events added soon!

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Norfolk And Norwich Millennium Library, The Forum, Millennium Plain
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Thought that some of the Heritage Centre community would enjoy this event which celebrates local podcasters, Hallowed Histories, local filmmakers, Clive Dunn and local authors, Edward Parnell. Tickets still available!
This might be of some interest to members of the Heritage Centre community. This event, hosted by our own local Hallowed Histories, celebrates local filmmaker, Clive Dunn and Norwich author, Edward Parnell... There is still time to register to see this unique limited time event...
JUST FABULOUS and fantastic work from everyone 💕 🏳️‍🌈

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Hoping there shall be no objection to sharing this here, and putting the word out: shall be hosting the East of England Regional Industrial Archaeological Conference, this year in Thetford.

There shall be a visit to the Charles Burrell Museum (of Traction Engine fame) with talks in the morning on Thetford pulpware products from paper and jute, and on the firm of Burrell's itself. In the afternoon, there shall be a guided walk around the town centre of Thetford, ending with the Museum visit.

Booking has passed but the event is still open. Please share.

Message from the organisers: if you have not already booked in advance, then you are welcome to come along and pay at the door on the day. Cost £14 per person. If you have an interest in Industrial Archaeology and would like to join NIAS, members will be on hand to advise. Or, visit the NIAS website: www.norfolkia.org.uk
The Richard Caister Project explores the life and work of the late medieval poet and priest Richard Caister, once priest of St Stephen's Church in Norwich. Richard Caister was an advocate of Margery Kempe whose burial place became a shrine for national pilgrimage. Like this page to keep up to date with this project exploring an important part of the heritage of Norfolk.
My name is Ray,I'm from Australia and would like to call in tomorrow morning and see if you can help me locate some missing results from a scrapbook I've put together for the soccer team I played with in the 1960's(Five Star F.C.).Will pop in and check with you then.Best regards Ray.
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Country & Eastern The South Asia Collection The Richard Caister Project The Guildhall (Norwich) Colman's Mustard Shop & Museum Norfolk Museum of Freemasonry Strangers' Hall Norwich Castle Museum Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery Norfolk Tank Museum - Tank Experiences BHM Anti-Apartheid Exhibition Suffolk & Norfolk Saxon and Medieval Pottery Royal Norfolk Regiment Costume & Textile Association