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A Luxury London Retreat: The Journal of Margaret Howes

Margaret Howes was approaching eleven years when she recounted her vibrant experience in London during the September of 1855 (NRO, MC 340/7, 710×9). After travelling from Norwich through Cambridgeshire, and sightseeing in the cities of Ely and Cambridge, Margaret, accompanied … Continue reading

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Smells like 1666!

Amongst the millions of documents held at the Norfolk Record Office (NRO), those connected with probate provide an insight into the homes and workplaces of the county’s citizens. The inventory of the ‘Goods and Chattles of Robt Wales late Grocer … Continue reading

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What happened to Eugenia Zagajewska: discovering the story behind a name on a grave

The military section of Earlham cemetery contains graves of war victims of many nationalities, including even some German graves.  Two in the Polish section of eleven graves have always intrigued me: those of Wladislaw Slizewski and Eugenia Zagajewska.  Both died … Continue reading

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Beer, Frying Pans and Canaries: Norfolk’s Strangers workshop

By the end of the 16th Century one third of the population of Norwich were Dutch or French speaking. These citizens were known as the Strangers and were based not only in Norwich but in other towns and villages across … Continue reading

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Carrying Coals to King’s Lynn

Before I wrote off my last motorbike and became an ex-biker, I frequently enjoyed cruising on my Harleys along certain sections of the A47 and A10, where, to my fascination, my head seemed to be below the level of the … Continue reading

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From Victorian Corsetry to 50s fashions: The life of Annie Hardy

In a brown non-descript cardboard box in the Norfolk Record Office, I discovered the uncatalogued accumulated photos and papers of Annie Hardy (NRO, ACC 2001/120) . In 2001, these physical memories were handed in for preservation, and as the first person … Continue reading

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Analysing documents as part of the Extended Project Qualification

In May 2019 we ran a session for pupils from Notre Dame High School as part of their Extended Project Qualification. Part of the provision schools are required to provide for pupils taking an EPQ are 30 hours teaching, focusing … Continue reading

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Researching Norwich Road Workhouse: Norwich Primary Academy History Club

In early July we were joined by the members of Norwich Primary Academy History club as part of their special project looking at the history of Norwich Road Workhouse. The pupils had been researching the Haze family who were in … Continue reading

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