The Norwich Society

Events Lectures

Winter Lecture: From Purgatory to Feminine Heaven

  • Tue 4 Dec 2018
  • Open to all
  • St Martin-at-Palace Church
  • 10:30 am
  • £5.00 non-members / Free (members)

From Purgatory to Feminine Heaven, The Commemoration of Women in Norfolk Church Monuments.

Speaker: Richard Cocke

A wide range of examples drawn from Norfolk’s outstanding church monuments illustrate the profound effect of the reformation on commemoration. While women were often simply added besides their husbands, later many were commemorated in their own right. Richard will provide an illustrated talk that will delve into the history of the commemoration of woman over time.

Booking Opens: 4 September 2018

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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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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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