Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell

Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell The Museum of Norwich is the place to find out about the history of the city and its people, located in the heart of the charming Norwich Lanes quarter.

This fine ancient building is home to ten galleries, jam-packed with intriguing objects such as a giant Jacquard loom, 1960s Speedway bike and hundreds of exquisite shoes. Settle down in the 1950s living room, catch a short film in the recreated cinema or step back in time in the nostalgic chemist shop. Grab a take out from the coffee shop opposite and enjoy it in our pretty courtyard, a quiet space away from the bustle of the city centre. The museum is fully accessible and family friendly.

Operating as usual

Photos from Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell's post
03/12/2021

Photos from Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell's post

03/12/2021

Today is the International Day of Disabled Persons.

To mark the occasion, we’re exploring some ongoing research into the history of disability in the collection through six objects selected by staff and volunteers.

🦶 This prosthetic toe was made in Egypt nearly 3,000 years ago. It shows signs of use, and has a number of holes around the edge through which it could be sewn onto something else (perhaps a sock or a sandal strap). It would have assisted the wearer with balance, but also has a place for a fake toenail to be inserted.

Emma Brown says ‘I’m particularly interested in this object not only for its functional use, but also for its aesthetic appeal, which gives us an insight into the life and status of the wearer.’

Discover more objects selected by volunteers and staff and find out about accessibility at the Museum here: http://ow.ly/2R6x30s18eA

🔎 Cartonnage Big Toe, before 600 BC, Egypt. Read more: http://ow.ly/83Or30rkUFa

#IDDP2021 #UKDHM

Yesterday our volunteer research crew attended the The Sound Archive at Norfolk Record Officeto learn podcast editing sk...
03/12/2021

Yesterday our volunteer research crew attended the The Sound Archive at Norfolk Record Office
to learn podcast editing skills as part of the #UnlockingOurSoundHeritage project. We heard the sad story of a child who had to leave their home after the 1912 floods. Their mum had to stay behind, weaving on her loom upstairs, well above the flood waters, to keep the wages coming in. #NHLFfunded

02/12/2021

Perhaps you’re wondering what this peculiar looking addition to our https://www.adoptanobject.co.uk/ line up is?

Though it may look rather harmless, it is actually a medieval copper alloy mace head which was found in the small village of Barnham Broom! Comprised of two joining fragments, this mace head still has two rows of blunt projections. It would have probably had three rows originally! The projections, which have a pyramid shape, would have allowed for greater pe*******on of plate armour. Maces were even used by battle-going bishops, offering them a way around the command to churchmen not to spill blood. Bashing enemies, however, was acceptable! You can adopt this object (just in time for Christmas!) on our website https://www.adoptanobject.co.uk/

01/12/2021

😮New youth project group begins next year! 😮Arts and heritage online for creative young people aged 12-25- get in touch to get your place!
#youthArts #youthprojects #ktdNorfolk #arts #heritage #museums #museumsfromhome #onlineprojects #NorfolkMuseums #norfolkcountycouncil

Isn’t this just lovely?
01/12/2021

Isn’t this just lovely?

Sharing this again as it makes me happy!

Elm Hill, Norwich 💛

Recycled paper collage ♻️✂️

I’ve just watched the Ed Balls ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ and enjoyed all the Norwich history. What a Fine City it is.

Prints and cards available online.

‘The Duvet of Love’ by David Shenton is one of our favourite items in the collection. Read more about its story below. N...
01/12/2021

‘The Duvet of Love’ by David Shenton is one of our favourite items in the collection. Read more about its story below.

Next year we hope to work with Mancroft Advice Project Loudspeaker crew to explore this and other LGBTQ+ stories. Watch this space.

#WorldAIDSDay

Today is World AIDS Day, the international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, and mourning those who have died of the disease. David Shenton’s incredible ‘Duvet of Love’ was created using badges collected throughout his life. The piece memorialises two friends he sadly lost to AIDS-related illnesses, and uses red AIDS awareness ribbons, Pride badges and pink triangle badges (amongst many others) to create a powerful image of two men embracing.

An interview with David Shenton is now available to read via the link, https://norwichcastle.wordpress.com/2021/12/01/world-aids-day-an-interview-with-duvet-of-love-creator-david-shenton/, and the ‘Duvet of Love’ is on display in our #TextileTreasures exhibition now until 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 Costume & Textile Association for their generous support of this exhibition.

#DavidShenton #WorldAIDSDay #AIDSAwareness #HeadEastUK #TextileTreasures #VisitNorwich

We are big supporters of Sheringham Museum. Follow them and see some wonderful images in the run up to the festive seaso...
01/12/2021

We are big supporters of Sheringham Museum. Follow them and see some wonderful images in the run up to the festive season. 🌊 🎄

Day 1 of Sheringham Museum’s Advent Calendar. Enjoy the nostalgia and history of the next 25 days. Day 1 shows Christopher Grice in his traditional Norfolk Gansey.

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01/12/2021

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Join us this Friday 3rd December for a special session of our popular 'Reading from the Archives' event in which we will use sound archives to explore the origins of Christmas traditions. Listen to first hand accounts of how Christmas was celebrated in Norfolk at the turn of the 20th century, from presents to parties, dinners to decorations.

This session will share sound recordings preserved at Norfolk Record Office by Unlocking Our Sound Heritage, a national audio preservation project chaired by the British Library and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

To find out more information about how to book onto this free event, visit: http://ow.ly/KlIK50GPR7n

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29/11/2021

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🚨 New Video Upload 🚨

Discover how to use 19th and 20th century sources to trace your family history, using key sources such as civil registration and census records, to help broaden your understanding of 19th century genealogy: https://youtu.be/4XIE3wIiySg

#20sPeople

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28/11/2021

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Join us this Friday 3rd December for a special session of our popular 'Reading from the Archives' event in which we will use sound archives to explore the origins of Christmas traditions. Listen to first hand accounts of how Christmas was celebrated in Norfolk at the turn of the 20th century, from presents to parties, dinners to decorations.

This session will share sound recordings preserved at Norfolk Record Office by Unlocking Our Sound Heritage, a national audio preservation project chaired by the British Library and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

To find out more information about how to book onto this free event, visit: https://norfolkrecordofficeblog.org/events-winter-2021-22/#Reading

Photos from Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery's post
28/11/2021

Photos from Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery's post

28/11/2021
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Today is #MuseumShopSunday. Why not support your local museums this festive season by spending some of your Christmas pennies on some beautifully curated cards and gifts? We would welcome your support. Norwich Lanes #NMSmas

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27/11/2021

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✨Our Christmas events are coming up!✨

We have a range of events over this festive period, from fascinating historical talks to fun filled activities for children.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/christmas-8909

Three cheers for #smallbusinesssaturday! We are proud to be part of the thriving independent shopping quarter ‘Norwich L...
27/11/2021

Three cheers for #smallbusinesssaturday! We are proud to be part of the thriving independent shopping quarter ‘Norwich Lanes’. #HeadEast #norwichlanes

It's #SmallBusinessSaturday!
Christmas is just around the corner, so many of us will be venturing out to buy presents for our friends and family.
Why not head over to Norwich and watch the Castle’s spectacular illuminations after a day of shopping? #HeadEastUK
Head East UK VisitNorwich Illuminos

Photos from Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell's post
26/11/2021

Photos from Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell's post

Our new Community Culture Club is now two weeks in & we are loving working with lots of new faces. This week we explored...
26/11/2021

Our new Community Culture Club is now two weeks in & we are loving working with lots of new faces.

This week we explored the theme ‘Norwich in Fabric’. Together, we learned to weave, visited the loom in the gallery & tried our hand at printing onto canvas tote bags. It was great to see so much creativity.

We enjoyed having a cuppa together & hearing about people's hobbies. One group member LOVES draughts & he has challenged us to skill up so we can play together next time! We loved the tote bag he printed. What a great design!

National Lottery Heritage Fund #NHLFSupported

Today our volunteer research team have met online with Nicole at the Norfolk Sound Archive at Norfolk Record Office to l...
25/11/2021

Today our volunteer research team have met online with Nicole at the Norfolk Sound Archive at Norfolk Record Office to learn more about how to create their own podcasts linked to the history of King Street. We listened to some fascinating clips. Our favourite featured a story about a dog that used to be given a penny by his owner to take to the local shop, for his weekly treat. He would drop the penny from his mouth and the shop keeper would reward him with a dog biscuit. Well I never! #volunteering #digitalskills National Lottery Heritage Fund #NHLFSupported

Today our volunteer research team have met online with Nicole at the Norfolk Sound Archive at Norfolk Record Office to learn more about how to create their own podcasts linked to the history of King Street. We listened to some fascinating clips. Our favourite featured a story about a dog that used to be given a penny by his owner to take to the local shop, for his weekly treat. He would drop the penny from his mouth and the shop keeper would reward him with a dog biscuit. Well I never! #volunteering #digitalskills National Lottery Heritage Fund #NHLFSupported

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24/11/2021

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📕🔍Check out our snazzy new gallery guide for families called Your Place and Mine.

Designed by Lily Alden, it includes useful visitor information, tips to help families get the most out of the Sainsbury Centre, and a handy viewfinder to see things in new ways!

Pick one up for FREE at our gallery reception!

Photos from Norwich City FC's post
23/11/2021

Photos from Norwich City FC's post

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23/11/2021

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If you are interested in Family History but not sure how to start, why not join us for our Free online Introduction to Family History on Fri 26 Nov 10-11 booking https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/186888978967 #FamilyHistory #NorfolkHistory

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22/11/2021

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If you are interested in discovering the history of your home, join us for our free online Introduction to House History workshop on Tues 30 Nov 10am book place https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/187630266177 #HouseHistory #NorfolkHistory

As it’s #InterfaithWeek we thought we would revisit this, written by Julian following her revelations in May 1373. Julia...
20/11/2021

As it’s #InterfaithWeek we thought we would revisit this, written by Julian following her revelations in May 1373. Julian was extraordinary in many ways. Especially being a woman daring to write & describing God as ‘our mother in nature and grace.’ See a copy at the museum. #allshallbewell

As it’s #InterfaithWeek we thought we would revisit this, written by Julian following her revelations in May 1373. Julian was extraordinary in many ways. Especially being a woman daring to write & describing God as ‘our mother in nature and grace.’ See a copy at the museum. #allshallbewell

Yesterday our volunteer researchers met for the first time since the start of the pandemic. We visited the Sound Archive...
19/11/2021

Yesterday our volunteer researchers met for the first time since the start of the pandemic. We visited the Sound Archive at Norfolk Record Office to meet the #UnlockingOurSoundHeritage project team. Our group will be creating their own podcasts about life on King Street from oral histories recorded in the 1980s. We loved visiting their state of the art facilities & hearing all about their work. Thanks for a such a warm welcome. National Lottery Heritage Fund #NHLFSupported #ThanksToYouDay #PilotProject #BackInBusiness #LearningNewSkills #CommunityHistory #HeritageVolunteersReunited

Yesterday our volunteer researchers met for the first time since the start of the pandemic. We visited the Sound Archive at Norfolk Record Office to meet the #UnlockingOurSoundHeritage project team. Our group will be creating their own podcasts about life on King Street from oral histories recorded in the 1980s. We loved visiting their state of the art facilities & hearing all about their work. Thanks for a such a warm welcome. National Lottery Heritage Fund #NHLFSupported #ThanksToYouDay #PilotProject #BackInBusiness #LearningNewSkills #CommunityHistory #HeritageVolunteersReunited

Today is #ThanksToYou day. Your lottery tickets support Kick the Dust - Norfolk which enables young people to connect to...
19/11/2021

Today is #ThanksToYou day. Your lottery tickets support Kick the Dust - Norfolk which enables young people to connect to their local heritage – like the brilliant group who created this trail of Norwich for Interfaith week - available here tomorrow! National Lottery Heritage Fund

Today is #ThanksToYou day. Your lottery tickets support Kick the Dust - Norfolk which enables young people to connect to their local heritage – like the brilliant group who created this trail of Norwich for Interfaith week - available here tomorrow! National Lottery Heritage Fund

Today we are saying a very BIG thank to all National Lottery players. In 2012 we re-opened the museum with ten new beaut...
19/11/2021

Today we are saying a very BIG thank to all National Lottery players. In 2012 we re-opened the museum with ten new beautiful galleries & accessible facilities thanks to support from National Lottery Heritage Fund Since then we have welcomed over 120,000 visitors #ThanksToYou

We are big fans of Art At Work and their brilliant community & projects.
18/11/2021
Five Pack of Greetings Cards 10cm X 10cm. Fundraising | Etsy

We are big fans of Art At Work and their brilliant community & projects.

Pack of 5 beautiful greetings cards made by women attending an art group to help improve wellbeing. They are a combination of cyanotype and cyanolumen processes and are digital prints. These are 10cm x 10cm and are digitally printed onto 300gsm Stonemarque Diamond White card. . All packaging is

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17/11/2021

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Next week weds 24 Nov 1-2 join us for online talk with Frank Meeres. ‘Edmund, King, Martyr, Saint’. Discover what we really know about his life & death, and how the legends about him developed over the centuries. Book here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/188353609717 #NorfolkHistory

17/11/2021

#OTD in 1558, Elizabeth I ascended the throne, aged 25, following the death of her sister, Mary I.

Here's a stunning initial detail from 1581.

📷: KB 27/1276/2

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[AD] to learn more about the history of Norwich there are two places you absolutely have to visit: The Strangers’ Hall & Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell. Book your tickets in advance to ensure you can get in as both museums are restricting numbers of visitors and operating one way routes to manage numbers and distancing. Norwich has a peculiar history as for many years it was England’s second city outside of London and grew from a prosperous textile industry. At the Strangers’ Hall (Strangers' Hall) you can see how families would have lived during Norwich’s peak with many significant Norwich family’s living here over the centuries. At the Museum of Norwich (Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell) I was fascinated to learn about the city’s journey through the centuries and how it has changed and evolved during that time. Understand more about Norwich from its streets & industries to its football club & people! VisitNorwich Head East UK #CityofStories #VisitNorwich #HeadEastUK
Hello! We are Norfolk Museums Service, a multi-award-winning service comprising ten museums and a study centre. Follow our individual museum pages for news, collections insights, events, behind the scenes snippets and more! 👇 Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Time and Tide Museum of Great Yarmouth Life Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell Ancient House Museum Lynn Museum Strangers' Hall Cromer Museum The Tolhouse Museum Elizabethan House Museum
Today marks the start of #BlackHistoryMonth in the UK. We'll be celebrating Black stories from our collections and highlighting some amazing events from our sister Norfolk Museums Service sites - starting with this fantastic tour from Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell! Join tour guide Paul Dickson on a walking tour through the city exploring and celebrating Black stories from Norwich's past. Friday 15 & Friday 29 October 10.00 AM £10/£9 including museum entry. Book your spot now: https://bit.ly/3o1pr6V
Agatha Christie, the queen of crime fiction, was born #OnThisDay in 1890! This foil wrapper from Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell was originally wrapped around a Tooty Frooties easter egg, made at the Rowntree Mackintosh factory in Norwich in 1979. Does it remind you of anyone...? 🤔
👀 Have you seen the #EdibleEast art and science trail installation at the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell? Edible East explores the future of food in Norfolk through art, science & horticulture. This display is a collaboration between former Quadram artist-in-residence Jennie Pedley, Holly Sandiford and Florence Eade. Explore our fine city of Norwich this Bank Holiday weekend and take a gander around the trail: https://buff.ly/3B6hSP
Don’t miss the latest video from our sister site Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell! In this short film, nine people, ranging from professional artists to families at home, tell us what they think of a beautiful artwork by Nick Stone which merges painting and photography, past and present. Watch it here: http://ow.ly/gEdp50Fwyuo New Mills – © Nick Stone 2020 (After Crome - Back of New Mills)
Have you seen our John Crome exhibition yet? If you found yourself wondering what some of those glorious Norwich views look like today, wonder no more! Take a stroll to Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell where photographer Nick Stone brings context to Crome's landscapes by blending the artist's work with his own contemporary photographs of Norwich. Find out more: http://ow.ly/wwOv50FeVIG #Crome200 #CromesNorwich
✨ Teachers! We've got something to tell you! ✨ 1) You are doing an amazing job! 2) We are here to support you! Whether you want to bring your class to us or take part in a virtual event from your classroom, we’ve got a variety of options available, from EYFS to secondary! Find out what’s on offer at Norwich Castle, Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell and Strangers' Hall by checking out our brand new schools summer programme: https://bit.ly/3fluk5Z We hope to see you soon!
It's pancake day and would you believe we forgot to go shopping for ingredients? The thing is, we're a Castle and it's hard to get a face mask in our size which makes popping to the supermarket tricky. Luckily we've got all sorts of useful things in our collection so we've managed to pull it together. 🥚 First up, eggs. Ours are gold, which makes them even tastier. (Hair comb, c.1860.) 🌾 We had to borrow the flour from our neighbours Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell but they're always very obliging. (Colman's flour bag, mid-20th Century) 🥛 We sent our faithful milkmaid out to get milk but she seems to have been distracted by the blacksmith. ('Milkmaid Outside a Blacksmith's Shop' by Charles Catton, 1728-1798) 🧂 This lovely silver plate sugar bowl will do nicely to hold our topping of choice... (Mappin plate sugar bowl, late 19th Century) 🍋 ...and Ruth Barker has kindly provided some lemon to go with it ('Still Life with Ivy and Lemon' by Ruth Barker, 1953.) Happy pancake day everyone! 🥞
“People don’t object to us. They ignore us.” (Gay News, 1977) Our sister site Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell have been working with colleagues at Norfolk Heritage Centre and Norwich Pride on a collection which tells the story of the LGBT+ community in Norwich. Find out more about some recent acquisitions in this fascinating blog post from Hannah Henderson, Community Curator, written as part of 2020's Virtual Norwich Pride celebrations: http://bit.ly/30CnG2R And if you want to explore the collection further, Norfolk Heritage Centre are running a brilliant FREE event on 25 February as part of Le***an, Gay, Bisexual, Trans History Month UK where you can find out more about the collection and how it was created! Book here: https://bit.ly/3poxgAN #QueerNMS #LGBTHM21
Today, on #HolocaustMemorialDay, we reflect and remember all victims and survivors of genocide. One of the most moving stories at our sister site The Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell is that of Esther Rosenfeld Starobin, who escaped from N**i Germany to Norwich on the Kindertransport in 1939, living in Thorpe with her foster family, the Harrisons. Read her full story here, thanks to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: http://bit.ly/3qQCupS
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