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Snuff: High Society’s Choice

Snuff, high society’s choice of tobacco inhalation, first appeared in England in the middle of the Sixteenth Century, along with tobacco imports from America.  Sir Walter Raleigh is usually supposed to have been the first to bring it home to … Continue reading

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“You may think you can imagine my feelings but you can’t”: Letters from the Front

The Norfolk Record Office holds a fascinating collection of First World War papers by a man named Philip Hewetson. Philip was the son of William Hewetson, the rector of Wroxham with Salhouse. He joined the army in 1914 and wrote … 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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Digitsation, WW2, and King’s Lynn Charters

This week’s blog post is written by Caroline D, the Norfolk Record Office’s first digitisation trainee. She describes the fascinating work she has been doing for the past year and explains about some exciting resources which will be available in the … Continue reading

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Black History Month: Part 2

Last week’s post looked at three black residents in Norwich connected to the campaign against slavery. This post turns the attention to black Norwich residents who are remembered through history in other unique and diverse ways. Two of these were were … Continue reading

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Black History Month: Part 1

October is Black History Month, and the next two blog posts will celebrate and explore the contribution and experiences of black people in both Norfolk and across the world. There were more black people in Norwich in the 18th and … Continue reading

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Captain Swing

When the harsh winter of 1830 followed a poor harvest and caused reduced wages for labourers, agricultural riots spread across Norfolk and throughout the south and east of England. The labourers wanted to stop the spread of new threshing machines, … 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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