The Norwich Society

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Committees & Groups

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee, chaired by Vanessa Trevelyan, is responsible for running the affairs of the Society. The members of the committee are also Trustees. The committee receives recommendations from its subsidiary committees and representatives, and establishes coherent views and strategies.

Committee Members
Vanessa Trevelyan - Society Chair and Chair of the Publicity & Events Committee
Mary Ash
Paul Burall - Vice Chair and Chair of the Strategic Policy & Transport Committee
Jon Boon - Chair of the Planning Appraisals Committee
Deborah Bourassa
Kate Nash
David Taylor
Neil Sturgeon - Treasurer
Paul Watson - Chair of the Conservation and Development Committee

Conservation and Development Committee

The Conservation and Development Committtee (CDC) aims to promote the interests of the entire historic environment with particular emphasis on listed or locally listed buildings, scheduled ancient monuments and other monuments. This includes individual buildings or groups of buildings and their setting such as Elm Hill and the City wall.

Planning Appraisal Committee

The aim of the Planning Appraisal Committee (PAC) is to champion the City’s historic heritage in the context of the existing cityscape to ensure sympathetic renovation of existing buildings and to encourage good modern architecture.

Each month members inspect pre-selected important or controversial applications submitted to Norwich City Council’s Planning Department. The plans are available at the Planning Office on the second floor of City Hall, and the lists and plans are also available on line here.

View the Planning Application Committee's comments

Strategic Policy and Transport Committee

The Strategic Policy and Transport Committee (SPTC) aims to consider any or all matters, including developments, plans, legislation and regulations, that affect planning and transportation within the Greater Norwich area, with particular reference to how they may affect quality of life, the historic character of the City and standards of new development and design.

The Committee will take the strategic view, looking ahead and formulating its views in as proactive a manner as possible. It may be prompted by external initiatives, but matters for consideration may also originate within the Committee in anticipation of future trends and expected changes.

Civic Environment Committee

The Civic Environment Committee (CEC) works to ensure that the City is maintained to the highest standards with regard to cleanliness and appearance. As a result of active monitoring by the Committee, concerns and observations will be put in a constructive and co-operative manner to the local authority.

Publicity & Events Committee

The Publicity & Events Committee (PEC) aims to create and monitor all services and benefits that the Society offers to our members, including the Society events programme, publications, newsletters and other communications via the website and social media. The PEC raises awareness of the Society’s activities with the public and other organisations and encourages volunteers involvement.

The Norwich Society Book Club

The Norwich Society Book Club meet during the winter months from October to April. They meet every six weeks in the Jex Room at the Assembly House and discuss pre-selected books about elements of Norwich history. After each meeting a review of the books read is listed on the website.

Find out more and read past Book Club reviews

​The Norwich Society Historians Group

The Norwich Society Historians Group is for those with special interest in Norwich History. The group hold talks with speakers offering a wide range of Norwich History topics, usually showcasing their findings from their research and discussing how they carried out this research. Held at 10:30am in the Vernon Castle Room at the Heritage Centre, Millennium Library, Forum.

View the next Historian Group event details

There is also a Historians Group Facebook Forum, for members to share ideas, research, comments and questions with like minded people. We welcome all requests to join, you do not need to be a member of the Society, we'd love to hear from you.