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Disaster recovery: The impact of the fire at Norwich Central Library and the creation of The Archive Centre

This August marks 25 years since the fire at Norwich Central Library which took place on 1 August 1994. At the time the archives of the Norfolk Record Office were kept in the basement strongroom of the library with some … Continue reading

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Change and Continuity in Maps of Norwich

Living in a vibrant, busy and ever-changing city like Norwich can distract us from noticing the changes around us. The streets we live on, the places we work, the pubs in which we drink (responsibly of course) have drastically changed … Continue reading

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Disgruntled of Ditchingham: Stories from the correspondence of W. Carr

William Carr of Ditchingham Hall was a Magistrate of many years standing, for Norfolk, Suffolk, and the West Riding. He was chairman of the Norfolk Quarter Sessions, vice-chairman of Norfolk County Council and a Deputy Lieutenant for Norfolk. Hidden among … Continue reading

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Meet the team: Digitisation Work Placements at The Norfolk Record Office

Thanks to funding from MAP and South Norfolk Council, since July 2015, the Norfolk Record Office has been able to offer voluntary 6 week digitisation work placements to young people not in employment, this is for one morning per week. … Continue reading

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Gates fit for a Royal: The Norwich Gates by Barnard, Bishop and Barnard

The magnificent wrought-iron gates which guard the main entrance to Sandringham are called the Norwich Gates. They were made in 1862 for the International Exhibition at South Kensington, London, in the foundries of Barnard, Bishop and Barnard in Norwich, and … Continue reading

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Meet the team: Colin Armstrong Digitisation and Digital Preservation Trainee

Howdy everyone, I’m Colin Armstrong and I’m part of the last ‘Cohort 3’ group of Transforming Archives trainees, working with The National Archives and based at the Norfolk Record Office. Following on fae Lizzie and Pawel’s wee blogs about their … Continue reading

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Top tips for using Manor Records to research family or house history

Manor records are a key source for anyone interested in family history, the history of a house, or who wants to know what it was like to live in their town or village in the past. In many cases they … Continue reading

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Norwich Shoemaking: From Howlett and White to Norvic

EARLY DAYS In 1846 James Howlett, a farmer, invested £10,000 (a large amount in those days!) into the leather currying business of Robert Tillyard, who was then in rooms on Elm Hill. The investment meant Robert Tillyard could move to … Continue reading

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