The Norwich Society

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Historians Day Time Talk Series Season Ticket November 2019 - March 2020

  • Open to all
  • The Auditorium, The Forum
  • £20.00 non-members / £3.00 members

If you plan to attend all 3 of the remaining Historians Day Time Talks you may find it more convenient to purchase a season ticket.

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Evening Lecture Series Season Ticket October 2019-March 2020

  • Open to all
  • The Auditorium, The Forum
  • £15.00 non-members / £3.00 members

If you plan to attend all 3 Evening Lectures you may find it more convenient to purchase a season ticket.

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December Evening Lecture

  • Tue 3 Dec 2019
  • Open to all
  • The Auditorium in The Forum, Millennium Plain
  • 7:00 pm
  • £5.00 non-members / £1.00 members

The Story of the Norwich Shoe Trade

Frances and Michael Holmes combine anecdotes with archive material, films, photographs and contemporary newspaper reports to tell the engrossing story of an industry which for many years was the heart and ‘sole’ of the City. Their talk will encompass everything from the major 20th century factories to shoe fashions and, of course, the works outing, which all combine to bring the industry back to life.

Frances and Michael have researched and written five books on the history of Norwich.

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January Historians Day Time Talk

  • Thu 16 Jan 2020
  • Open to all
  • The Auditorium in The Forum, Millennium Plain
  • 10:30 am
  • £5.00 non-members / £1.00 members

Richard Caister, the ‘good vicar’ of St Stephen’s: his place in the life of later-medieval Norwich.

Speaker Frank Meeres has recently retired after many years as an archivist at the Norfolk Record Office. He is the author of a large number of books on the local history of Norwich and Norfolk, including The Story of Norwich (2011) and The Welcome Stranger: Dutch, Walloon and Huguenot incomers to Norwich 1550-1750 (2018).

Who was Richard? What makes him a unique figure? How much can we find out about him and how can we set him in the context of Norwich in his time? Frank will use his archive experience to look at the kind of documentary evidence that survives for Norwich in the early fifteenth century (Richard was vicar of St Stephen’s church from 1402 to 1420) and explore how it can be used to answer questions about the social and religious life of the city.


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January Evening Lecture

  • Wed 29 Jan 2020
  • Open to all
  • The Auditorium in The Forum, Millennium Plain
  • 7:00 pm
  • £5.00 non-members / £1.00 members

The Civil War: Norwich and Great Yarmouth under Oliver Cromwell

Speaker Dr Joel Halcomb is a lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of East Anglia.

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A Trip Out to Brinton Hall: The Snowdrop Tour

  • Wed 12 Feb 2020
  • Open to all
  • Stody Road, Brinton, Melton Constable, NR24 2QH
  • 11:00 am
  • £31.00 non-members / £27.00 members

Brinton Hall is a 16th century house extended in 1822 in gault brick by the Brereton family. The fine oak staircase is reputed to have originated from Merton Place, Horatio Nelson’s last residence. The gardens have been planted for year-round interest.

A self-drive day out.

Includes a light lunch of homemade soup, bread and cakes

The snowdrop tour involves a one-hour walk over rough ground and will run in all but the worst weather. Wear sensible footwear and wrap up!

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February Historians Day Time Talk

  • Thu 13 Feb 2020
  • Open to all
  • The Auditorium in The Forum, Millennium Plain
  • 10:30 am
  • £5.00 non-members / £1.00 members

Vice, Profaneness and Immorality in 18th Century Norwich.

In this talk speaker Ian Smith takes as his starting point the Royal Proclamation for the Encouragement of Piety and Virtue, and for the Preventing of Vice, Profaneness and Immorality issued in the name of George III on 1 June 1787.


After outlining the national background to the Proclamation, he will look at its reception in Norwich and give examples of the various vices prevalent in Norwich at the time (some of them quite shocking). They ranged from profanation of the Sabbath, drunkenness, and profane cursing to domestic abuse, sexual harassment, prostitution, indecent exposure, and other sexual misdemeanours.

Ian will talk about his sources, which include the local press and the records of the Mayor’s Court, the Quarter Sessions, the Church of England and the various dissenting denominations

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March Evening Lecture

  • Tue 3 Mar 2020
  • Open to all
  • The Auditorium in The Forum, Millennium Plain
  • 7:00 pm
  • £5.00 non-members / £1.00 members

Social Housing in Norwich

The history of social housing in Norwich runs from the founding of The Great Hospital in 1249 through to the Award-winning new development of Norwich City Council housing in Goldsmith Street. This lecture will tell the story and try to draw some lessons for the future.

Speaker Paul Burall is a journalist and current Chair of the Norwich Society.

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March Historians Day Time Talk

  • Thu 12 Mar 2020
  • Open to all
  • The Auditorium in The Forum, Millennium Plain
  • 10:30 am
  • £5.00 non-members / £1.00 members

Researching the Old Courts and Yards of Norwich A Story of People, Poverty and Pride

Frances and Michael Holmes will describe how they pulled together information for their 2015 publication ‘The Old Courts and Yards of Norwich’. This will encompass looking at a variety of resources, including slum clearance maps, oral histories and photographs. They will discuss how you can locate and use the documents yourself to explore the past and research related information such as on ancestors who lived in the yards.

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