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Historians Day Time Talk Series Season Ticket November 2019 - March 2020

  • Open to all
  • The Auditorium, The Forum
  • £20.00 non-members / £4.00 members

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November Historians Day Time Talk

  • Thu 14 Nov 2019
  • Open to all
  • The Auditorium in The Forum, Millennium Plain
  • 10:30 am
  • £5.00 non-members / £1.00 members

‘Only elementary work …… but thoroughly well done.’ Cringleford School in Victorian times.

Pat Wagstaff will use original documents to explore education in a rural primary school in the second half of the nineteenth century: how the school came into being; who the pupils were; and the qualifications of the teachers. How far was the provision of education an act of charity? How far was the education tailored to the life of local children? She hopes that the talk will provoke thoughts about the purpose of education today and about the resurgence of ‘Victorian values’.

Pat is honorary secretary of Cringleford Historical Society and has written the history of the village school on Cantley Lane. She had a career in teaching and was a primary school governor in Southampton for many years.

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January Historians Day Time Talk

  • Thu 16 Jan 2020
  • Open to all
  • The Auditorium in The Forum, Millennium Plain
  • 10:30 am
  • £5.00 non-members / £1.00 members

Richard Caister, the ‘good vicar’ of St Stephen’s: his place in the life of later-medieval Norwich.

Speaker Frank Meeres has recently retired after many years as an archivist at the Norfolk Record Office. He is the author of a large number of books on the local history of Norwich and Norfolk, including The Story of Norwich (2011) and The Welcome Stranger: Dutch, Walloon and Huguenot incomers to Norwich 1550-1750 (2018).

Who was Richard? What makes him a unique figure? How much can we find out about him and how can we set him in the context of Norwich in his time? Frank will use his archive experience to look at the kind of documentary evidence that survives for Norwich in the early fifteenth century (Richard was vicar of St Stephen’s church from 1402 to 1420) and explore how it can be used to answer questions about the social and religious life of the city.


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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 issued 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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