The Norwich Society

Events Lectures

Evening Lecture Series Season Ticket October 2019-March 2020

  • Open to all
  • The Auditorium, The Forum
  • £10.00 non-members / £2.00 members

If you plan to attend the remaining 2 Evening Lectures you may find it more convenient to purchase a season ticket.

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January Evening Lecture

  • Wed 29 Jan 2020
  • Open to all
  • The Auditorium in The Forum, Millennium Plain
  • 7:00 pm
  • £5.00 non-members / £1.00 members

Flagships of the fleet? Norwich and Great Yarmouth under Cromwell

Speaker Dr Joel Halcomb is a lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of East Anglia.

In 1648, during the second English Civil War, both Norwich and Great Yarmouth experienced royalist revolts that threatened parliament's control of Norfolk and laid bare the bitter divisions of the nation. Yet by the following year, parliamentary news outlets in London were celebrating the apparent unity of the people of Yarmouth. Indeed, throughout the 1650s both Norwich and Yarmouth made regular appearances in London newsbooks as a city and town capable of achieving the tolerant religious and political settlement that Oliver Cromwell repeatedly called for.

This talk will consider how Norwich and Yarmouth gained this apparent status, as flagships of the Cromwellian regime. To some extent, East Anglia was bound to play a crucial part under the Rump Parliament and the Protectorate because of Cromwell's deep personal ties to the region. But by looking at patterns of their civic government, and particularly religious toleration, we can see how local puritans attempted to put into practice the political and religious ideals of regime.

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March Evening Lecture

  • Tue 3 Mar 2020
  • Open to all
  • The Auditorium in The Forum, Millennium Plain
  • 7:00 pm
  • £5.00 non-members / £1.00 members

Social Housing in Norwich

The history of social housing in Norwich runs from the founding of The Great Hospital in 1249 through to the Award-winning new development of Norwich City Council housing in Goldsmith Street. This lecture will tell the story and try to draw some lessons for the future.

Speaker Paul Burall is a journalist and current Chair of the Norwich Society.

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