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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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Archives Inspire: Creativity at the Norfolk Record Office

October was a creative month for the Education and Outreach team. Early in the month, Archive Assistant Abby Erwin, led our first archive inspired creative writing workshop for adults and last week it was the children’s turn to get creative … Continue reading

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One of King’s Lynn Borough Archives’ earliest documents: The Charter of King John to the burgesses of Lynn, 14 September 1204

In our blog post in September 2016, on the refurbishment of the King’s Lynn Borough Archives, we mentioned one of the oldest records in the archive: the King John Charter of 1204. The charter granted Lynn the right to be … Continue reading

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Top ten things about being a Transforming Archives Trainee

This week I was fortunate to attend the DCDC Conference 2016 ‘Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities: Collections, Connections, Collaboration-from potential to impact’. This is a collaborative conference between The National Archives and Research Libraries UK and shares how archives and the … 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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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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A unique collection of Historic Norfolk Maps: the Raymond Frostick Map Collection

When cartographers surveyed Norfolk in the 16th century, the landscape they mapped was very different to the one we see today. Many visitors to the Norfolk Record Office enjoy seeing how Norfolk has changed over the centuries and thanks to … Continue reading

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