The Norwich Society

Events Historians Day Time Talks

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 issues 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 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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