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One a Penny, Two a Penny, Hot Cross Buns: The Memoirs of Ethel George

How are you marking Easter this year? While many people are busy eating hot cross buns, searching for hidden Easter eggs and visiting church it is worth thinking about how people use to celebrate Easter in the past. The Norfolk … Continue reading

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Disabled servicemen of Norwich in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries

Petitions are perhaps the most immediately personal class of document amongst the early modern records of the Norwich criminal justice system. Several different courts sat regularly in Norwich during the later middle ages and early modern period, including the Assembly … Continue reading

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Norwich Fashion Week: Jarrold Catwalk events in the 1960s

Are you planning on going to an event at Norwich Fashion Week this year? Maybe one of the many catwalk shows? Looking through The Jarrold magazines deposited at the Norfolk Record Office (JLD 4/7/1/7) gives a good insight into the world … Continue reading

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What makes a good Valentines Card?

ETN 4/14/2Did you send any valentines cards this morning? If you did you are following on from a tradition that evolved in the 18th century. Although the notion of sending cards, chocolates and flowers has remained the same since then, … Continue reading

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Surviving the Holocaust: One Norfolk Woman’s Account

January 27 is Holocaust Memorial Day, and this year’s theme relates to the survivors. The Norfolk Record Office holds the records of one such survivor, Elsie Marechal, born Elsie Bell.  She was born in Middlesex on 21 June 1894. Because … Continue reading

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‘Keep the Memory Alive’: Norfolk Women and the Holocaust

The Mustard Show’s Darren Eadie and Helen McDermott talk to Frank Meeres about the role of four Norfolk women who, in very different ways, had direct experiences of the terrible events of just over seventy years ago.

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The Rich History of Norwich: Re-Cataloging the Archive

For the past 21 months archivist Tom Townsend has been re-cataloguing the Norwich City Archive; a collection of both regional and national importance recording the rich history of the city and one which currently fills nearly 1,000 archival boxes in … Continue reading

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Treasured Mementos from WWI

The Norfolk Record Office holds a number of embroidered postcards from World War One, generally known as “WW1 Silks.” They were first produced in 1914 through 1918 but declined substantially from 1919 onwards. The WW1 cards were usually hand embroidered by French and Belgian … Continue reading

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