The Norwich Society

Events

THE NORWICH SOCIETY'S LIVE EVENTS PROGRAMME HAS BEEN PUT ON HOLD.

  • Open to all
  • Free (non-members) / Free (members)

In the meantime try out the Historians virtual talks series and keep active and develop your knowledge of Norwich's historic built environment by following our self-guided walking trails.

Bridges of Norwich - self-guided Walk

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  • Free (non-members) / Free (members)

A riverside trail from Carrow Bridge to New Mills

Theatre in Norwich in the Long 18th Century - A virtual talk

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  • Free (non-members) / Free (members)

Michael has led on the coordination of the Society's Historians Group talks for a number of years. He has a particular interest in theatre and in this talk he shares his research on theatre in Norwich during what historians call 'The Long 18th Century', from the Restoration period in the early 17th century through to the Regency period in the early 19th century.

In the Society's third Historians virtual talk Michael explores what sorts of dramatic performances could be seen in Norwich, where these took place and the censorship theatre companies frequently had to deal with.

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The Norwich Pub Detective: Evidence of Former Pubs & Associated Stories

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  • Free (non-members) / Free (members)

Jonathan Hooton is a City of Norwich Tour Guide, a former Head of Geography at Notre Dame High School and has a fondness for, and plenty of experience of pubs. He has been a regular feature in the Society's event programme, and had been scheduled to deliver both a live talk and a guided tour of Norwich pubs in the 2020 summer events programme.

Norwich has had the reputation of a pub for every day. This claim is examined and taken as a starting point for finding out where they have all gone. The Norwich Pub Detective examines the evidence still to be found to identify former pubs in the City of Norwich and its suburbs from the blindingly obvious to the obscure and quirky. It also is an excuse to discuss many of the interesting and intriguing stories from the past that surround our former pubs.

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Building Norwich

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  • Free (non-members) / Free (members)

Building Norwich by Vanessa Trevelyan is the first video in our Exploring Norwich Series. We are unlikely to be able to reinstate our live guided tours programme any time soon, so we thought that we would introduce a series of videos which would take viewers through Norwich landmarks from a particular perspective. The series complements the series of self-guided walking tours which can be downloaded from our website.

300 Years of Pantomime in Norwich

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  • Free (non-members) / Free (members)

On behalf of the Norwich Society Historians Group, Vanessa, Jo and Michael would like to wish our growing band of members a very happy Christmas season…or at least as happy as it can be in the present trying circumstances! We thought we’d give our video release for December a seasonal theme—and what better than a trip to the pantomime!

Michael Blackwell looks at the history of pantomimes in Norwich over the past three hundred years. So grab a light-stick and a bucket of pick-and-mix and enjoy the presentation.

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The Undercrofts of Norwich

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  • Free (non-members) / Free (members)

THE UNDERCROFTS OF NORWICH

By Terry George.

Retirement has provided former teacher Terry George with an opportunity to explore the subjects he is passionate about.

This talk The Undercrofts of Norwich is a voyage of discovery as Terry introduces viewers to the treasures hidden beneath our feet as we walk through the streets of Norwich. There are in the region of 80 Undercrofts beneath the city of Norwich, Terry has managed to gain access to around 60 of them. Some are accessible to the public, for example at The Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell and Dragon Hall, but many are located underneath privately owned buildings, haven’t been visited in years and are all but forgotten.

Terry’s talk follows on from an article in the Norwich Society’s Member magazine, Aspects of Norwich Autumn 2019, and was received with much enthusiasm and featured in the Eastern Daily Press. This publication can be purchased from The City Bookshop and Jarrold, see publications for details.

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A Tour of Norwich Guildhall

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  • Free (non-members) / Free (members)

A Tour of Norwich Guildhall

by Richard Matthew


Richard Matthew, a former Guildhall guide takes us on a virtual tour of this important, but often overlooked and taken for granted building located in the centre of Norwich. The tour focuses on the physical history of the building in the city from the 15th Century through to the present day.

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Shardlake's Norwich - self-guided walk

  • Wed 1 Apr 2020
  • Open to all
  • Free (non-members) / Free (members)

A Trail taking in the Norwich buildings with which C.J.Sansom's character Matthew Shardlake would have been familiar.

Clocks and Sundials - self-guided walks

  • Wed 1 Apr 2020
  • Open to all
  • Free (non-members) / Free (members)

Three trails to help you explore Norwich’s publicly-viewable clocks and sundials.

Signs of Times Past - self-guided walk

  • Wed 1 Apr 2020
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  • Free (non-members) / Free (members)

This trail looks at some signs of past times: plaques, parish boundary markers, street name signs and a memorial.

The City Walls - self-guided walks

  • Wed 1 Apr 2020
  • Open to all
  • Free (non-members) / Free (members)

5 trails exploring Norwich’s medieval defences.


Norwich Heritage Trail - self-guided walk

  • Fri 1 May 2020
  • Open to all
  • Free (non-members) / Free (members)

Three trails around the city centre to encourage you to find out more about Norwich.

WALKING TOUR: Shardlake's Norwich

  • Wed 13 May 2020
  • Open to all
  • The tour starts and finishes at the Maid's Head Hotel, Tombland, NR3 1LB
  • 2:00 pm
  • £12.50 non-members / £10.50 members

Paul Dickson leads a 2-hour guided walking tour celebrating C J Sansom's best-selling novel Tombland, featuring Tudor lawyer Matthew Shardlake's visit to Norwich at the time of Kett's Rebellion (1549).

The tour starts and finishes at the Maids Head Hotel and includes Tombland, the ancient Anglo-Scandinavian Market Place, Augustine Steward’s House, Norwich Cathedral Close, Bishopgate (Holme Street in the novel) and the Great Hospital, Bishop’s Bridge, the site of Bishop’s Gate and Lollards Pit, followed by a climb up to Kett’s Heights, the remains of St Michael’s Chapel, with its fabulous view across the city.

The return journey follows the north side of the river with views of the medieval Cow Tower and surviving city walls, near the location of the Pockthorpe Gate, before crossing the river and passing the Adam and Eve pub, where Lord Sheffield was taken after he had been mortally wounded, and seeing the site of the Battle of Palace Plain.

The tour finishes at the Maids Head Hotel with coffee or tea and biscuits.

The tour will take 2 hours and will include an uphill walk to Kett's Heights.


Paul has worked in the tourism industry in Norfolk for 32 years, initially for the National Trust and, for the last 22 years, as an independent PR practitioner working for organisations like Norfolk Tourism, Norfolk and Suffolk Tourist Attractions, Greater Yarmouth Tourism, Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden and Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens. Six years ago he fulfilled a long held ambition by training as a City of Norwich tourist guide.



Norwich Castle fee - self-guided walk

  • Mon 1 Jun 2020
  • Open to all
  • Free (non-members) / Free (members)

This 30 minute walk takes you around the original boundary, or fee, of Norwich Castle

Bridges of Norwich from Carrow Bridge to New Mills - A virtual talk

  • Mon 27 Jul 2020
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  • Free (non-members) / Free (members)

Former Chair of the Norwich Society Vanessa Trevelyan presents the Society's first virtual talk.

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HISTORICAL RESEARCH: Making and Using Maps - a virtual talk

  • Tue 25 Aug 2020
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  • Free (non-members) / Free (members)

The second talk in the series is presented by John Trevelyan, Chair of the Society's Civic Environment Committee. John looks at how to use existing maps in historical research and how to create maps to illustrate research findings.

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For accompanying notes SEE HERE

Heritage Open Days Virtual talk

  • Tue 1 Sep 2020
  • Open to all
  • Free (non-members) / Free (members)

River Wensum: from major highway to pleasant backwater

by Vanessa Trevelyan for Heritage Open Days 2020

Watch the talk HERE