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June Historians Talk

  • Thu 20 Jun 2019
  • Open to all
  • Vernon Castle Room, The Heritage Centre, Millennium Library, The Forum
  • 10:30 am
  • Free (non-members) / Free (members)

The story behind The Seventeenth Child: an oral history of a Norwich childhood 1914-34.

Speaker: Carole Blackwell

Carole will tell the fascinating story of Ethel George who grew up as the youngest of seventeen children in a working family in the Pockthorpe area during and immediately after the First World War. She will also talk about the process of recording oral history and how it can be of immense value to broader historical research.

All Historian Group sessions start at 10:15am for tea, & coffee (£1 in the honesty box) and the talk will start at 10:30am. There will be an opportunity for further refreshments and a chat afterwards.

FULLY BOOKED Please contact the Coodinator if you would like to be added to the waiting list

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Cathedral Cities in Peril: the importance of place

  • Mon 24 Jun 2019
  • Open to all
  • Auditorium, the Forum, Millennium Plain
  • 6:00 pm
  • Free (non-members) / Free (members)

Norwich is a wonderful place to live and work. But there are threats as well as opportunities for further improvement.

This year's annual symposium will hear from expert speakers about the importance of place and how its quality can be managed.

Spencer de Grey, Head of design at Foster and Partners, will describe the findings of the Cathedral Cities in Peril report for which he was the lead author. This report resonates with many of the issues facing Norwich, suggesting, for example, that single developers tackling very large sites can lead to homogeneous and disconnected residential development. The report calls for local authorities to be bold and visionary.

Professor Gary Warnaby, Senior Director at the Institute of Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University. The Institute has carried out research into retail competition, planning and improving town and city centres that has lessons for Norwich.

Dr Laura Alvarez, Senior Principal Urban Design and Conservation Officer at Nottingham City Council, is developing a series of guides to tackle poor design and foster a positive change in the way in which the Council works with industry, local communities and the public.

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Walking Tour: Beating the Bounds in Georgian Norwich

  • Tue 9 Jul 2019
  • Open to all
  • Meet on Millennium Plain outside the Forum
  • 5:30 pm
  • £10.00 non-members / £7.00 members

The practice of “beating the bounds” was kept up through the 18th and 19th centuries, a joyful procession with free food and drink thrown in. Dedicated researcher, David Berwick, will lead us on a tour of parish boundaries (sadly no free food or drink) giving an insight into Georgian Norwich.

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Visit to the Marble Hall

  • Tue 6 Aug 2019
  • Open to all
  • Meet in the Foyer, Aviva, 8 Surrey Street, Norwich, NR1 3NX
  • 4:00 pm
  • £10.00 non-members / £7.00 members

Built by George Skipper, beginning in 1900. The interior is a sumptuous homage to the English Renaissance fashioned from 15 kinds of marble which were destined for Westminster Cathedral. The cost proved too much for the Cathedral authorities, but Skipper persuaded Norwich Union to buy the entire consignment and he used it to stunning effect

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Walking Tour: Exploring Colegate and Norwich Over the Water

  • Wed 21 Aug 2019
  • Open to all
  • Meet at the foot of St. John Maddermarket churchyard
  • 10:00 am
  • £10.00 non-members / £7.00 members

Jan King will take us on a voyage of exploration around the area known traditionally as “Over the Water”, taking in several buildings that have been saved by the Norwich Preservation Trust, finishing at Fye Bridge.


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Walking Tour: "All around All Saints": a triangular tour around All Saints Green, Surrey Street and Ber Street

  • Tue 3 Sep 2019
  • Open to all
  • Meet at seat outside All Saint's Church, or inside if raining
  • 10:00 am
  • £10.00 non-members / £7.00 members

The tour will be lead by Jonathan Hooton


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