The Norwich Society

Events Historians Talks

May Historians Talk

  • Thu 16 May 2019
  • Open to all
  • Vernon Castle Room, The Heritage Centre, Millennium Library, The Forum
  • 10:30 am
  • Free (non-members) / Free (members)

Samson and Hercules – an odd couple

Speakers: Dr Sheila Watson and Cathy Proudlove

Dr Sheila Watson and Cathy Proudlove will talk about their research into uncovering the story of the figures outside the building in Tombland which is known as the Samson and Hercules. Familiar characters to everyone who lives in or regularly visits Norwich, they have played a part in the city’s history for more than 350 years. However, their origins, purpose and significance over the years are shrouded in mystery. The original figures were removed from the site in 1993 and replaced with replicas.

Conservation work on the figures and further research have thrown light on some aspects of these characters but have also raised more questions about them. A research project led by Cathy Proudlove, assisted by Heather Guthrie and Dr Sheila Watson, is ongoing. While sharing their findings with the historians group, the speakers will ask if any historians, archivists, buildings experts and archaeologists among the group can help to unravel some of the existing puzzles.

Sheila Watson is Associate Professor of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester. Formerly she was Area Museums Manager for Great Yarmouth Museums and, with her team, was responsible for the Time and Tide Museum. Cathy Proudlove has an MA in conservation of easel paintings and was Head of Conservation for the Norfolk Museums Service for 20 years. She was responsible for the care of Samson & Hercules from the point when they were taken down until her retirement in 2009.

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.

Free to attend but PLEASE BOOK to ensure a place.

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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

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.

Free to attend but PLEASE BOOK to ensure a place.

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