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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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Twentieth Century Fashion: Norfolk designers, illustrators and manufacturers

This week marks the start of Norwich Fashion Week 2016 and here at the Norfolk Record Office we hold many records of Norfolk’s clothing past, from shawls and silks, to shoes and handbags. While many of these industries have dwindled … Continue reading

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Archive Sources: Health and Hospital Records at the Norfolk Record Office

Spending time in hospital is not something most people enjoy and we rarely think about the history of these organisations or the sheer amount of records that hospitals create. Some of these are fascinating documents that can shed light on … Continue reading

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Wombwell’s Travelling Menagerie: How animals have inspired art in the archives

Visits by travelling circus companies were popular and eagerly anticipated in Norwich throughout the nineteenth century. Many of the early shows were menageries which displayed many different species of animal. Early menageries to visit Norwich included Polito’s, who displayed his animals … Continue reading

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Celebrating National Libraries Day: Meet the Archive Specialists at Norfolk Heritage Centre

Saturday 6 February 2016 is National Libraries Day and we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to celebrate the resources we have available at Norfolk Record Office. At The Archive Centre we have a reference library in the search … Continue reading

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