Daily Archives: April 22, 2020

What happened to Eugenia Zagajewska: discovering the story behind a name on a grave

The military section of Earlham cemetery contains graves of war victims of many nationalities, including even some German graves.  Two in the Polish section of eleven graves have always intrigued me: those of Wladislaw Slizewski and Eugenia Zagajewska.  Both died … Continue reading

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A steamship to India and some seasick hounds: the travel diary of Rachel Sheringham

The Norfolk Record Office has a collection of nearly 700 diaries, some typed and some written by hand. One of the most interesting is that of Rachel Sheringham, who went out to India with her husband and two small children … Continue reading

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Bangs of expectation-how a log fire sparked the idea for Britain’s first Christmas cracker

Crackers are an English invention derived from a French idea. They were first made by Londoner Tom Smith, an apprentice confectioner specialising in the making of sweets and cake ornaments. When he had saved enough money, Smith set up his … Continue reading

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North Norfolk Stories – Holt Primary School discover how life changed after the railway

On Monday Year 5 pupils from Holt Primary School visited us for a session exploring the history of Holt in Victorian times and how Cromer and Sheringham changed after the invention of the railway. The students took part in 3 … Continue reading

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Building an Education

Before the late Nineteenth Century, schooling was not compulsory and rarely free. The wealthy could send their children to schools providing a high-quality, classical education or employ private tutors. For the majority, the education provision which did exist varied in … Continue reading

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Memories of Christmas

Memories of Christmases gone by are always fascinating.  In the Norfolk Sound Archive, which is part of the Norfolk Record Office, we hold a sound recording of the memoirs of Hon. Lady Smith, daughter of Savile Brinton, first Baron Somerleyton. … Continue reading

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Getting ready for ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ at the Norfolk Record Office

This week, we are working on the final preparations for our Thursday evening event. The event ties-in with the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? programme featuring Mary Berry which aired on Thursday, 11 September. Some of the research … Continue reading

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