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Died in the Line of Duty – The Norwich Baedeker Raids of April 1942

Between July 1940 and August 1941 Norwich had suffered 27 bombing raids.  There then followed eight months of relative calm until Monday 27th April when the city suffered heavy losses as a result of the Baedeker raids.  The German Baedeker … Continue reading

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Reading from the Archives: Out of the Mouths of Babes

For our next Reading from the Archives session, we have a special Family Friendly theme featuring documents written by children. We have once again delved into our collections to uncover the words of children from the pages of our documents, … Continue reading

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Midshipman’s Log of Robert Horace Walpole 1870-1: The Start of a Life of Adventure

Robert Horace Walpole was born in 1854 and joined the Royal Navy in 1867.  This blog is an account of Walpole’s Midshipman’s log on HMS Bristol from February 1870 to January 1871.  No great adventures are recorded here; the predominant … Continue reading

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Hidden Stories behind the Asylum Records

Written by Christine Shackell, NRO research blogger The Thorpe Asylum casebooks held at the Norfolk Record Office give us a snapshot in time of the lives of the patients admitted there. Extending the search to include other records gives us … Continue reading

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Ballgowns and Dinner Invitations

We recently held one of our popular Reading from the Archives events with a very swish title – Ballgowns and Dinner Invitations. Planning for this event was an opportunity to scour the archives using our online catalogue, and find some … Continue reading

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Bomber Command Medical Officers During the Second World War at RAF Marham

Introduction On D-Day 1945, RAF Medical Officer Victor Tempest introduced his memoirs, Near the Sun: Impressions of a Medical Officer of Bomber Command (NRO, MC 2216/1, 928X7), with the claim that he had achieved a ‘history of how men overcame … Continue reading

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An Enigmatic Diarist as Ever Was Known: The Syleham Diary 1784 – 1824

Taken from Norfolk Record Office, MC 2329/1, 958X1 In 1805 this diarist wrote: This comment led to the diary being offered to the Royal Navy in Portsmouth.  They declined the offer and it was subsequently retrieved from a waste paper … Continue reading

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Great Yarmouth’s Early Modern Astrology

Astrology, or using the stars to tell the future, has been a part of human society since prehistory and remains with us today in the form of horoscopes and readings.  For Early Modern people astrologers offered a chance to understand … Continue reading

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