Monthly Archives: July 2015

‘Take a field mouse, skin it, fry in butter and give to the child’: Folk Medicine in 1920s East Anglia

Dr Mark R Taylor was the first full-time regional  medical officer for Norwich from the years 1920-1927. He was a doctor at the forefront of the increasing spread of professionalised medicine. However, he was also a doctor with a keen … Continue reading

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The Searchroom Team’s Top Ten Tips for Researching Family History

Working in the Searchroom at the Norfolk Record Office we regularly give advice to people researching their family history. A lot of the difficulties people come across are very similar,  so we’ve put together our top ten tips which we hope will … Continue reading

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Norfolk’s Local Naturalist and Writer

The eccentric, lovable character Arthur H. Patterson, was otherwise known as ‘John Knowlittle’, a typically self-deprecating pen-name for a distinguished local naturalist and prolific writer of books, poems and a nature diary for the Eastern Daily Press. The Norfolk Record … Continue reading

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A Victorian Clergyman’s Diary: Capturing Norwich and Beyond

The diaries  of a Victorian clergyman might not sound like a great read, but those of Revd William Pelham Burn have unusual appeal. Burn was born in London in 1859, the third son of Major-General Henry Pelham Burn. He studied at … Continue reading

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Adding to Our Collection

What connects the Plantation Garden Preservation Trust with Taylors of Kings Lynn? Taylors was a seed merchant’s in King’s Lynn, so they both share a botanical theme. But they are also connected because records of both were donated to the … Continue reading

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