Category Archives: Snapshots from the Archive

My week at the Norfolk Record Office

Coming to the Norfolk Record Office a week ago I didn’t really know what to expect of the nature or varying roles within the building. This week has been brilliant in allowing me to experience aspects of not only historical … Continue reading

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‘Personally I have not yet seen an armed Boer, but we live in hopes of doing so before long’: The experiences of the Earl of Albemarle during the Boer War

It is common to think of the high status Victorian officer as a snob who cared little for his men, yet Arnold Allan Cecil Keppel, the 6th Earl of Albemarle and lieutenant colonel commanding the Infantry Battalion City of London … Continue reading

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Mapping the War: The King’s Lynn Bomb Map

I have recently been cataloguing a run of maps from the list of uncatalogued material here in King’s Lynn Borough Archives. Out of this series of eight maps one was the King’s Lynn Bomb Map (NRO, KL/SE 3/8). It was … Continue reading

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Disaster on The Grand Tour

  During the seventeenth century the grand tour became a popular pastime for aristocrats, wanting to complete their education and to see the fine examples of art and different culture in Europe. We know of their travels through the art … Continue reading

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Anthony Hamond: A Victorian County Councillor

As Norfolk goes to the polls for the county council elections on 4 May, it is probably no surprise that the Norfolk Record Office holds many records relating to local politics. Norfolk County Council was established in 1889 by the … Continue reading

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‘I had never imagined the ear-splitting noise’: A Norwich girl’s experience of the Baedeker Raids

The Record Office has a number of vivid accounts from people caught up in the Baedeker raids, such as that of Betty Jacques (later Betty Crouch), who was sleeping in Norwich Training College in College Road the night that it … Continue reading

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The Wail of Sirens, the Distant Throb of Engines: Norwich and the ‘Baedeker’ Raids

By far the most serious air raids on Norwich were the ‘Baedeker’ raids on the nights of 27/28 and 29/30 April 1942, exactly seventy-five years ago. There are several collections of archive material in the Record Office that relate to … Continue reading

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From Grouse to Grousing: Letters From India, 1897-1902

Amongst the letters of the Purdy family is a small bundle from Jock Kennedy, of the 93rd Highland Regiment addressed to  TW Purdy, variously of Camden Town or Woodgate House, Aylsham (ACC 2015/244/64). Col. Thomas Woods Purdy is referred to … Continue reading

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