Category Archives: Snapshots from the Archive

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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Francis Joseph Lambert: A Georgian Dancing Master of Norwich

Written by Christine Shackell. Norwich’s economic prosperity in the eighteenth century gave rise to increasing numbers of middle ranks who sought to stake their claim to polite society by demonstrating their culture, knowledge and social skills. A network of institutions … Continue reading

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Lord Willoughby and ‘the time of rebellion’.

Request The King’s Lynn Borough Archives received a request for information regarding an ‘apparent uprising’ in West Norfolk in 1548, which was described by Francis Blomefield in 1728. On researching this uprising the archivist discovered a number of references within one … Continue reading

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The Mackenzie family of Scotland and a Norfolk romance

The unusual survival of some letters, found with the marriage licence bond for Henry Bathurst and Frances Mackenzie, 14 July 1807, give us a rare insight into a mother in Scotland eagerly awaiting news of her daughter’s marriage in the … Continue reading

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Church Briefs

If you’ve been delving through lists of parish deposits in your local record office, you may have come across a reference to ‘briefs’ or ‘church briefs’ before. Now, this has nothing to do with holy underwear, and everything to do … 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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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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