Daily Archives: September 27, 2017

John Bilby: Norwich’s Travelling Hairdresser

It can be suggested that autobiographical records are amongst the most personal and private forms of document available within an archive, this allowing researchers to obtain new information on the period in question. Therefore, it can be claimed that John … Continue reading

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The Wail of Sirens, the Distant Throb of Engines: Norwich and the ‘Baedeker’ Raids

By far the most serious air raids on Norwich were the ‘Baedeker’ raids on the nights of 27/28 and 29/30 April 1942, exactly seventy-five years ago. There are several collections of archive material in the Record Office that relate to … Continue reading

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Surviving the Holocaust: One Norfolk Woman’s Account

January 27 is Holocaust Memorial Day, and this year’s theme relates to the survivors. The Norfolk Record Office holds the records of one such survivor, Elsie Marechal, born Elsie Bell.  She was born in Middlesex on 21 June 1894. Because … Continue reading

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When was a cleric not a cleric? Stories from the City of Norwich Records

When was a cleric not a cleric? Sometimes, when he was indicted of a violent crime. For instance, was William Montague, an innkeeper in Norwich, also in holy orders? Almost certainly not. We are first introduced to William Montague in … Continue reading

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‘Boy Pete’: Shipping Records and Norfolk’s Maritime Heritage

Registration of seamen and shipping has its roots in the medieval period, before the establishment of a standing navy. In the late fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries, apart from a few crown-owned warships, any naval force would consist mainly of … Continue reading

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‘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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Peterhouse Primary School find out about local First World War soldiers

Last week Year 6 pupils from Peterhouse Primary School visited us for a session looking at local soldiers in the First World War. We started the session with a general introduction to archives by playing the indenture game. Next the … Continue reading

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Last week to visit our Norfolk in the First World War exhibition

A moving exhibition commemorating the lives of Norfolk people at home and abroad during the First World War is in the Long Gallery at the Norfolk Record Office until the end of this week. Visitors to the free exhibition can find … Continue reading

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