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October Historians: George Borrow by Clive Wilkins Jones

  • Wed 24 Oct 2018
  • Open to all
  • 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.

Speaker: Clive Wilkins Jones

Dereham-born George Borrow (1803-1881), novelist and translator, was also a pioneer in the study of romany gypsies, particularly their language. However, some argue that Borrow's attitude to romany gypsies was racist. They argue that there was a straight line from Borrow and his successors, the so-called gypsylorists, to the policies of the racial hygienists of Hitlerite Germany, for whom romany gypsies were 'criminally-inclined primitives'.

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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Site Visit: Old Hall, South Burlingham

  • Tue 20 Nov 2018
  • Open to all
  • Old Hall, South Burlingham
  • 2:30 pm
  • £20.00 non-members / £18.00 members

A private group viewing of Old Hall, South Burlingham followed by tea and cake

Old Hall is an Elizabethan lawyer’s country house, with a decorated porch, wallpaintings of hunting scenes and many original features; the present owners rescued it from dereliction and have filled it with colour and a hugger-mugger of books and pictures. A house included in Simon Jenkins’ Thousand Best Houses. Grade II* listed. The whole house and gardens (weather permitting) can be seen, from cellar to attic gallery to treehouse to shepherd’s hut. Tea and cake refreshments included.

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November Historians: The Norwich Dialect by Peter Trudgill

  • Wed 21 Nov 2018
  • Open to all
  • 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.

Peter Trudgill will give a talk on The Norwich Dialect.

Peter Trudgill was born and grew up in Norwich and was educated at the City of Norwich School, and the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh. He is a theoretical dialectologist who has held Professorships at the Universities of Reading, Essex, and Lausanne. He is currently Emeritus Professor of English Linguistics at Fribourg University, Switzerland; and Honorary Professor of Sociolinguistics at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. He has honorary doctorates from UEA; the University of Uppsala, Sweden; and La Trobe University,Melbourne. He is the author of The social differentiation of English in Norwich; The Norfolk dialect; and Dialect matters: respecting vernacular language.

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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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)

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 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.


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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)

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 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.


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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.


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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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