Events- Spring 2023

Our full list of events for March to June 2023 can be found below.

In person events


School holiday activity

Egyptian life

Make your own Egyptian Circlet

In person event

Aimed at primary school-age children (under 8s must be accompanied by an adult).

Pay what you can. When you book this event you will have the option to give a donation. This is optional and entirely at your discretion.

Discover all of the Norfolk connections to Egypt, from Howard Carter, who discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb, to Victorian tourists. See some contemporary copies of hieroglyphs and have a go at creating your very own Egyptian Circlet and Armlet.

Please book using the link below



Adult craft

Block printing

In person event

£10 per person

Refreshments included

During Creativity and Well Being week, learn how to create your own block and adapt it for multi-layered relief printing. See some examples of relief prints from our collection. Discover how local printers Jarrold’s created some of their prints, from initial sketch, through to the block itself and the final image.

 All materials will be provided. Please wear suitable clothes.

This session runs for 2 hours

Please book using the link below



Behind the scenes tour

In person event

Pay what you can. When you book this event you will have the option to give a donation. This is optional and entirely at your discretion.

Join us for our popular behind the scenes tours once more. Visit the Conservation Studio to see where our documents are repaired, experience the atmospheric conditions of the Strongroom where we store our collection, and see a display of original documents. Tours last approximately 90 minutes.

Please book using the link below



Norfolk community archives fair

In person event

Free of charge

A celebration of all things archival.  Stands from groups gathering the records of their own communities will show the important work they do to in collecting Norfolk’s history.

They will be joined by the Norfolk Record Office who have been working with community groups to help them collect and preserve the fragile heritage so important to our understanding of the past.

The day will also feature a display by NorAH, the Norfolk Archives and Heritage Development Foundation, who are sponsoring the event.  For the past 7 years NorAH have been raising funds and providing grants to help with the preservation and purchase of archives, and opening them up to the public through digitization, education and wellbeing work. You will be able to find out more about how you can become a NorAH supporter and help them continue supporting our county’s history.

Feel free to turn up on the day



Julian of Norwich: her life and background

In person event

Free of charge

May 2023 sees the 650th anniversary of the ‘showings’ or visions of Julian of Norwich.

During the session will read a lecture written 50 years ago especially for the six hundredth anniversary celebrations, by the then Assistant Archivist of the Norfolk and Norwich Record Office, F.I. Dunn, BA – Hermits, Anchorites and Recluses: A Study with reference to Medieval Norwich.  It is a fascinating insight into the remarkably high number of recluses living around the time of Julian – none of whom, unfortunately, have left us a book to reveal their inner life as Julian has done.

Next, former archivist Frank Meeres will look at what we know from contemporary documents about Julian’s life.  Finally, there will be a chance to see original documents that mention Julian and some later documents that relate to the church.

The session runs for 2 hours

Please book using the link below



Celebrating our volunteers

In person event

Free of charge

Refreshments included

Join us for National Volunteers Week to see some of the projects that our volunteers have been working on over the past few years. Learn about some of the projects, have a look at the indexes and materials that these have resulted in and join us in celebrating our volunteers.

Please book using the link below


Fictional echoes of Tudor pageantry: a creative writing session

In person event

Free of charge

Refreshments included

As part of the Putting on Progress project we are running a creative writing workshop focusing on the life of a Tudor person.

Find out what it was like to entertain during the second half of the 1500s, learn how the wealthy liked to dress, and find out what the city was like at the time of Queen Elizabeth I’s visit. Pick your character, use the documents to inspire your setting and have a go at your own piece of work.

No experience is required, and there is no obligation to share your work- this is purely for your own enjoyment!

Please book using the link below



In-Person and Online Events


History talks

We have a number of guest speakers talking about their own area of expertise or research.

Talks last between 30-45 minutes with additional time for questions at the end. The majority of talks can be viewed on our YouTube channel after the event.


Rosie’s plaques

By Maggie Wheeler and Kate Lord

Wednesday 22 March, 1pm

Some members of the Common Lot will discuss how and why the Rosie’s Plaques project began: what it is; what we did; how it developed and where it has, and continues, to take us. At the end there will be opportunities for the audience to share their stories of amazing women.

Booking required, please use the links below


Family fortunes: Jacobean merchants in King’s Lynn

By Dr Alan Metters

Wednesday 19 April, 1pm

This talk will consider the lives, and fortunes (but not just in the financial sense), of three leading merchant families in King’s Lynn during the reign of King James I. Following brief introductions to the academic context for the talk and to the basic topography of the town in the period, the affairs of Matthew Clarke (and his father Richard), of Thomas Snelling and of John and William Atkin, will be considered.

Please book using the links below


Surveying Norfolk’s schools, 1903

By Daryl Long

Wednesday 24 May, 1pm

The 1902 Balfour Education Act changed how schools were managed and newly created Local Education Authorities had to audit the educational provision they were about to take on. This talk looks at the picture painted of existing provision in the county and the tales behind what appears to be, at first glance, a straightforward survey.

Please book using the links below



Sounds of King Street

Image courtesy of Picture Norfolk

By Jonathan Draper

Wednesday 14 June, 1pm

This talk will offer the opportunity to listen to extracts of unique oral history recordings relating to King Street, Norwich and the surrounding area. Captured in the 1970s and 80s, the recordings were made by the Norwich Oral History Archive which was based at the Norwich Community Workshop. The clips will relate to the early twentieth century, and topics such as the 1912 Norwich flood, domestic life, and industry. The recordings were preserved and catalogued as part of the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project, which was supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Please book using the links below



Mindful mondays

Take time out during Creativity and Wellbeing Week to colour in some (copies of) pencil drawings from our archives. There are 2 sessions running, so you can choose from joining us in person or online.

In person event

Free of charge

During our in person event you can take a look at relevant documents in the Glass Cube, before having a chat and relaxing morning colouring in a range of copies of documents on the theme of flowers.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available.

Session lasts for 1 ½ hours and you are welcome to stay for as long as you like.

Please book using the link below

Online event

Free of charge

All the colouring in sheets are emailed to you in advance, you just need to bring the colouring pencils and a cup of tea!

Feel free to drop in and out at any point during the session.

This session lasts for 45 minutes

Please book using the link below


Online events


Research workshops

Back by popular demand, these research workshops will help you get started or continue with your research. Focusing on resources for England and Wales, advice can occasionally be given on documents created in Scotland, and Northern Ireland too. The workshops always fill up quickly so be sure to book soon.

Each workshop includes:

  • Information on a variety of sources for your research
  • A chance to ask questions
  • A workbook containing workshop notes and a practical activity
  • A chance to view some of our Website Tutorials explaining how to use websites to locate and access the documents included (also available on our YouTube channel).

Each session lasts 1 hour

Introduction to family history

Online event

Free of charge

Find out how to use census records, civil registration, and parish registers to get started on tracing your family tree.

Please book using the link below


Advanced family history

Online event

Free of charge

This session is aimed at anyone who has already started their family history research but is unsure how to take it further. We show you have to use electoral registers, marriage licence bonds and tithe documents.

Please book using the link below


Introduction to house history

Online event

Free of charge

Find out how to trace the history of the fabric of your building using historical and modern maps before using census returns, trade directories, and wills to find out about the previous owners and occupiers of your property.

Please book using the link below


Tracing First World War ancestors

Online event

Free of charge

If you have found that your ancestors were in the military, this session is for you. We will look at how to access and use the census, absent voter lists, medal cards and attestation papers.

Please book using the link below



Quick guides

Each of our Quick Guides a looks closely at an individual set of documents or research topic. These sessions are aimed at anyone who has had a look at the latest census release, taken part in one of the 1921 census sessions held at the Norfolk Heritage Centre, or is interested in the records in general.

Each session lasts between 30-45 minutes

School records

Online event

Free of charge

The latest census release asks individuals to complete information about their education. This session looks at records which show what the school building would have been like, and details about pupils themselves.

Please book using the link below


Business records

Online event

Free of charge

The 1921 census gives details about people’s employment. This session looks at different types of businesses in Norfolk, including large organisations, smaller family-run businesses and farming. We explain some of the different types of records you may come across and how to go about using them in your research.

Please book using the link below



Around the world in 80 documents: your choice

Over the past year we have been showing you 80 documents relating to places all across the world and asking you to chose your favourites. Now we can finally reveal the top 20 documents as chosen by yourselves. This online exhibition highlights the breadth and depth of some of the holdings in our collection and is one not to be missed.

Online event

Free of charge

The exhibition will launch on Friday 5 May and will be available online until Monday 31 July 2023 .

By booking below we will remind you when the exhibition is live.



Reading from the archives

Summer holidays

Online event

Free of charge

As thoughts turn to heading off abroad, having a staycation, or hiring a little cottage with friends it is great to see what summer holidays were like in the past. Join us to find out about the experiences of Norfolk citizens travelling for their holidays, along with those choosing to holiday in this county.

This session will last around 30 minutes

This event can be viewed on our YouTube channel afterwards.

Please book using the link below



NRO Catalogue uncovered: using our online catalogues

Online event

Free of charge

New to research? Never used our online catalogue before? Struggling to find the right documents?

This 40 minute session showcases our new online catalogues, and talks you through how to use it for your own research. This will be followed by a short practical exercise to enable you to feel confident in conducting your own searches.

Please book using the link below