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Strangers-A brief history of Norwich’s incomers

This week is Refugee Week and an opportunity to celebrate Norwich’s long history of welcoming incomers to the city. This week’s blog post introduces us to the Strangers and has been written by Archivist, Frank Meeres.  The word ‘Stranger’ was … Continue reading

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Developments in digital preservation and digitisation at the Norfolk Record Office: an update from Transforming Archives Trainee Pawel Jaskulski

It’s been six months since my first “Meet the Team” blog with Outreach and Engagement Trainee Lizzie and it calls for an update on what I have been up to since then! The main focus of my traineeship is to support the … 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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The Norfolk Broads revealed as man-made features: the discoveries of Dr Joyce M. Lambert

As the Broads Outdoor Festival 2016 is now well underway, we thought it was the perfect time to share the research work by botanist, Joyce Lambert, that first demonstrated the reason for the unique character of the Norfolk Broads. Until … Continue reading

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North Norfolk Stories: Using archival records at Felbrigg Hall

From September 2015-March 2016 The Norfolk Record Office Education and Outreach team worked with 9 primary school groups as part of the North Norfolk Stories Project coordinated by Museums Norfolk. Workshops that took place at the Norfolk Record Office included … Continue reading

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The Norwich Computer, 1957

The City of Norwich, and its forward-thinking Treasurer, Mr A.J. Barnard, were pioneers in the application of computer technology to the work of UK local authorities and businesses. In 1953-4, Mr Barnard and his team began looking for an electronic … Continue reading

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Norfolk Record Office’s Earliest Document: A Charter from William II

The earliest document in the Norfolk Record Office is an undated charter from King William Rufus (William II, third son of William the Conqueror) to Herbert de Losinga, Bishop of Thetford in 1090 (DCN 41/16), granting ‘hunting rights and a … 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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