Daily Archives: January 30, 2019

‘From witchcraft to understanding your own electricity account’: The activities of The Electrical Association for Women

We live in a gadget driven age, today’s new technology quickly replaced by the next latest advancement.  However, back in the 1920s, simply having electricity in the home was a marvel in itself. The Electrical Association for Women (EAW) was … Continue reading

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Whales, Kidney Stones, and The Charming Sally: Records of Life on and off Board in the late 1700s

At first glance, a calendar regarding the petitions and decisions by the King’s Lynn port Trustees under the ‘Act for the relief of maimed and disabled seamen and widows and children of those killed in the merchant service’ may not … Continue reading

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Norwich Building Control Plans Indexing Project: a Volunteer’s Musings

As someone who loves studying twentieth century British social history (and has ambitions to become an archivist!), volunteering at the Norfolk Record Office was an opportunity I couldn’t resist. Participating in the Norwich building control plans indexing project (NRO, N/EN … Continue reading

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An introduction to the King’s Lynn Borough Archives

Following a period of refurbishment at King’s Lynn Town Hall, the King’s Lynn Borough Archives is now re-open to the public. This week’s blog post, written by Archivist Stacey Kennedy, introduces us to some of the records held in the … Continue reading

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Morningthorpe Manor Appeal

The Norfolk Record Office (NRO) is constantly adding to its collection to ensure archives which give new insight into the history of the county are protected from loss or damage and are made freely available to the general public.  In … Continue reading

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Alfred Albert Suggate: Loddon’s musical maverick

Amongst the Parish records for Loddon we find a hand addressed envelope containing a printed letter dated 1847, detailing the work of a Mr A. A. Suggate. Who would have thought that this ordinary letter held at the Norfolk Record … Continue reading

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Cricket in 19th century Norfolk: the legend of Fuller Pilch

One of Norfolk’s most colourful sporting heroes was Fuller Pilch, the great-uncle of R.G Pilch who founded the sports shop in Norwich of the same name, at the beginning of the twentieth century. The Norfolk Record Office has the baptism … Continue reading

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Longstanding Local Rivalry in the Herring Industry

The rivalry between Great and Little Yarmouth and Lowestoft over the herring industry goes back hundreds of years, probably since the communities began. Herring was a high-protein food eaten in great quantities all over England, so anyone who controlled the … Continue reading

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