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January Historians

  • Wed 16 Jan 2019
  • Open to all
  • VERNON CASTLE ROOM, THE HERITAGE CENTRE, LIBRARY, FORUM
  • 10:30 am
  • Free (non-members) / Free (members)

Rosemary Duff of the Bracondale History Group will talk on Exploring Bracondale’s History.

The Bracondale History Group is an informal group of residents who have an interest in the history of their area. Rosemary Duff has lived in Bracondale since 2001. Together with fellow authors Pam Fielder, Ed Bulpett and Lesley Whitby, she has been involved in the creation of the group's three books about Bracondale, which draw on contributions from residents past and present.

The most recent, Bracondale - A Village Within the City, looks at the lives of some of the interesting people who have lived there over the years. Lesley Whitby and Pam Fielder will also come to the meeting and be happy to answer questions. Rosemary says: ‘We are all enthusiastic amateurs, rather than historians.’

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.

The talk is free but please book to ensure a place.


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February Historians

  • Wed 20 Feb 2019
  • Open to all
  • VERNON CASTLE ROOM, THE HERITAGE CENTRE, LIBRARY, FORUM
  • 10:30 am
  • Free (non-members) / Free (members)

Looking at the Overlooked: The Women Painters of Victorian Norwich

Speaker: Dr.Fiona Savage, art historian & art curator.

Dr. Fiona Savage will focus on the forgotten women artists of Norwich, who, despite social restrictions, were successful in the art world of the nineteenth century.

Dr.Savage has a BA (Hons) in Archaeology, Anthropology and Art History; an MA in the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas; & a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in Travel Imagery of the Georgian Era.

She is currently conducting research into the women artists who are associated with the Norwich School of Painting. Her interest in this subject originated as a result of working as an assistant fine art curator at Norfolk Museums Service where she was exposed to their work for the first time. As a result, she has developed a great respect and admiration for these forgotten and neglected artists and is determined to rescue them from historical oblivion.

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.

The talk is free but please book to ensure a place.

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Winter Lecture: The Lady Lord Mayors of Norwich

  • Thu 28 Feb 2019
  • Open to all
  • The Music Room, The Assembly House
  • 7:00 pm
  • £5.00 non-members / Free (members)

Phyllida Scrivens reveals the diverse and remarkable lives, both private and civic, of the seventeen women to have held the role of Lord Mayor of Norwich

Speaker: Phyllida Scrivens

Norwich writer and biographer Phyllida Scrivens reveals the diverse and remarkable lives, both private and civic, of the seventeen women to have held the role of Lord Mayor of Norwich since Ethel Colman in 1923. Drawing on in-depth research and interviews with the nine surviving ladies, The Lady Lord Mayors of Norwich 1923-2017 (Pen and Sword Books, 2018) gives a unique insight into a world full of tradition and ceremony.

Booking is recommended to ensure a place.

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March Historians

  • Wed 20 Mar 2019
  • Members plus guests
  • VERNON CASTLE ROOM, THE HERITAGE CENTRE, LIBRARY, FORUM
  • 10:30 am
  • Free (non-members) / Free (members)

We look forward to welcoming every member and prospective member with an interest in the history of Norwich to this talk, discussion and meeting.

Subject and speaker to be announced

All Historians 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.


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Winter Lecture: Healing Bodies and Curing Souls – the Great Hospital in the Middle Ages

  • Tue 26 Mar 2019
  • Open to all
  • The Music Room, The Assembly House
  • 7:00 pm
  • £5.00 non-members / Free (members)

Learn what life at the Great Hospital would have been like and how it might have differed from the experience of institutional care today.

Speaker: Carole Rawcliffe

The Great Hospital, known during the Middle Ages as the hospital of St Giles, is a place of real historical importance. It’s archives are now so valuable that in 2012 they were accorded UNESCO Memory of the World status. Learn what life at the Great Hospital would have been like and how it might have differed from the experience of institutional care today. Carole Rawcliffe is Professor of Medieval History at UEA.

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