The Norwich Society

About us

Who we are

Caring for this fine city’s beauty and history: The Norwich Society is here to act as a passionate custodian and champion of the built environment and public spaces in Norwich and its surroundings.

In our work, we strive to:

  • Preserve, develop and improve the city's unique character and heritage
  • Enhance appreciation of this city with a range of events and activities
  • Achieve the highest standard of architecture and town planning for Norwich as it develops further
  • Campaigning to minimise the city's climate change emissions

We do this by:

  • Recognising and promoting listed or significant buildings and other monuments, such as via the Local List.
  • Proactively monitoring the cleanliness and appearance of the civic environment to help maintain high standards
  • Appraising significant planning applications to encourage sympathetic and high quality developments
  • Highlighting the best modern architecture, with our biennial Design Awards.
  • Contributing to strategic planning that will shape Norwich’s character and quality of life going forward.
  • Raising awareness of events and issues that help people to enjoy the best the city

Find out more about the Society’s committees and their work

Charitable status

The Norwich Society is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) registration number 1189593.

Read our Constitution here

Over 90 years of valuable service

There are many achievements that we can celebrate since The Norwich Society was first formed in 1923.

Did you know that without our work, the Tudor timber-framed buildings of Elm Hill would have been torn down and replaced by industrial units. Also, medieval Bishop’s Bridge over the River Wensum and Theatre Street’s much-loved Assembly House would have be demolished.

Read more about the Society’s history and achievements