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

Bridges of Norwich from Carrow Bridge to New Mills

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

By Vanessa Trevelyan

A tour of Norwich's bridges, comparing the bridges we see today with historic images.

Vanessa Trevelyan is a Former Chair of the Norwich Society, and presents this video as the Society's first virtual talk.

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Historical Research: Making and Using Maps

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

By John Trevelyan

A look at how to use existing maps in historical research, as well as how to create maps to illustrate research findings.

John Trevelyan is Chair of the Society's Civic Environment Committee, and presents this video as the second in our Historians Virtual Talks Series.

Accompanying notes to this video can be downloaded here.

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Theatre in Norwich in the Long 18th Century

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

By Michael Blackwell

An exploration of what sorts of dramatic performances could be seen in Norwich, where these took place and the censorship theatre companies frequently had to deal with.

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.

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

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

By Jonathan Hooton

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.

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.

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300 Years of Pantomime in Norwich

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

By Michael Blackwell

A look at the history of pantomimes in Norwich over the past three hundred years. Grab a light-stick and a bucket of pick-and-mix and enjoy the presentation!

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!

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The Undercrofts of Norwich

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

By Terry George

This talk 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.

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

By Richard Matthew

A virtual tour of this important, but often overlooked and taken for granted building located in the centre of Norwich.

Richard Matthew is a former Guildhall guide, and this 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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Exploring Norwich

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

Introducing 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.

Watch the series on YouTube

The series also complements the series of self-guided walking tours which can be downloaded from our website.

Building Norwich

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

Building Norwich is the first video in our Exploring Norwich Series.

This video by Vanessa Trevelyan looks at the various building phases which have shaped Norwich through the centuries.

Watch on YouTube

School’s Out: Places of Learning in Norwich

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

Norwich can claim to be one of the most scholarly cities in England, with two universities, one of the earliest public schools, the most popular library in Britain, plus many other places where formal and informal learning can take place from writing to dancing.

Vanessa Trevelyan, a previous Chair of the Norwich Society, takes you on a tour of some of the interesting sites and buildings associated with learning over the centuries - some are well-loved landmarks, others are hidden gems...

Watch on YouTube

Norwich and Norfolk and the Fight Against Slavery

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

By Ian Smith

From the 1780s onwards campaigns against the evils of the trans Atlantic slave trade and the harsh treatment of African slaves in the West Indian colonies grew in importance nationally. Ian will explore the response in Norwich and Norfolk.

How many local people attended meetings? Or signed petitions? And did people actually stop consuming sugar and rum produced by slaves? What roles in the national campaign were played by local figures such as Joseph John Gurney, Amelia Opie and Harriet Martineau?

The anti-slavery movement broke new ground. Never before had petitioning of parliament been deployed so intensively. Never before had weapons like the boycott of goods been used. Never before had public opinion been successfully aroused over the abuse of civil rights in a distant part of the world. Ian evaluates what part Norwich and Norfolk might have played in this success.

Ian Smith is well-known to us as an erudite and fascinating speaker about 18th Century Norwich. After a career in the Diplomatic Service he enrolled at the UEA where he completed a masters degree and began a Ph.D focusing on the history of Norwich during this period. His talk this time will be on Norwich and Norfolk and the Fight against Slavery.

This is a recording of the event, which took place on April 8th, 10:30am as our first live online talk.

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THE HISTORIANS VIRTUAL TALKS SERIES

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

The Norwich Society is pleased to present these virtual talks for you to enjoy from home.

The Historians Group is looking forward to post-pandemic times when we can begin our monthly meetings in the Library Building once again. We have decided that rather than waiting until then we are creating pre-recorded and live online talks.

All our videos can be watched on our YouTube channel here - live events will be added afterwards.

If you find our talks interesting, please like and subscribe.

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

5 trails exploring Norwich’s medieval defences.


Norwich Heritage Trail - self-guided walk

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

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

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

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


LIVE ONLINE TALK - Miriam Pratt: A Norwich Suffragette

  • Thu 27 May 2021
  • Open to all
  • Zoom - booking required
  • 10:30 am
  • Free (non-members) / Free (members)

By Gill Blanchard

In this live talk, we will be discussing what part Norwich played in the long fight for female suffrage. The talk will focus on the story of Miriam Pratt, a Norwich teacher from a working class background whose suffragette activism led to her being imprisoned under the notorious Cat and Mouse Act. The talk will also include a look at the research and sources used to put the event together.

The event will be on Thursday 27th May at 10:30am and will be FREE to attend.

Spaces are limited so booking is required: BOOK HERE

Gill Blanchard is a professional house historian, genealogist, writer, and tutor. Her book Struggle and Suffrage in Norwich; Women’s Lives 1850-1950 was published in 2020. She is the author of several earlier books including; Tracing Your House History, Tracing Your Ancestors: Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, and Writing Your Family History (Pen and Sword Books). She is a regular contributor to national family history magazines and other journals. Other books in progress include a new Tracing Your House History on the Internet guide and a guide to tracing Tudor and Stuart ancestors and a general history of the Huguenots in Britain.

Gill runs her own programme of House History and Writing Your Family History courses online and co-hosts House History Hour on Twitter every Thursday evening at 7pm. Through her company Past Search, she is frequently in demand for background research by authors, journalists and academic researchers, including by the BBC for its TV series Who Do You Think You Are?—and appeared on two episodes.

We are very pleased that Gill has agreed to be the speaker at our next webinar.