Events Online

Upcoming events

Our latest programme of events are listed below. To book or for links to join non-booking events please see details below.  

History talks

Our talks are repeated on Zoom twice during the day, once at 1pm and once at 7pm. Each talk lasts 20 mins and speakers will be available to answer questions live. Once they have been shown all talks will be made available on the Norfolk Record Office YouTube Channel. Autumn talks include

Richard Caister: The ‘Good Vicar’ of Norwich, by Frank Meeres, Weds 23 Sep

Anchored in Land and Beer: Bullards, by Daryl Long, Weds 7 Oct

The Grand Tour & Beyond- Accounts from Norfolk’s Archives, by Victoria Draper, Weds 11 Nov

How Norwich Fought against the Plague, by Frank Meeres, Weds 9 Dec

No booking required, but please see page below for joining links

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Online workshops

Our one hour online introductory workshops include

  • A talk on how to use Norfolk sources for your research
  • A chance to ask questions during the session
  • A workbook containing workshop notes and a practical activity
  • A voucher to receive half price access to an in person workshop once the Norfolk Record Office is open again (during this session we will go through sources that are not available online and provide a chance to see some of the original documents)
  • A chance to view some of our Website Tutorials explaining how to use various websites to locate and access the documents mentioned (these are also available via our YouTube channel)

The workshops are completely free of charge and focus on sources that you can access from home. Click on a date below to book

Introduction to house history

Learn how to discover the fabric of your building using OS, tithe and enclosure maps, before moving on to uncover the previous inhabitants of your house using census returns, trade directories, manor court books and wills.


Introduction to family history

Learn how to access and use census records, civil registration, and parish registers to trace your ancestors. The session starts with some tips on collecting materials and memories within your immediate family before moving on to these other sources.


Advanced family history

Find out how to use some of the more advanced sources for tracing your family tree. This session includes a mixture of documents which can be accessed online but also those which are only available in the Norfolk Record Office searchroom in person. Sources included are electoral registers, marriage licence bonds and tithe documents.

Bookings required, using links below

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Mindful Mondays

Download a colouring sheet featuring images from our archives and join us on Teams for a half hour chat whilst colouring away (sharing your work at the end is optional!).

Booking required, using links below

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Research Blogger training

Have you ever looked at the main page of our Norfolk Record Office Blog and wondered how you can get your ideas and research included? If so, this session is for you. Each year we welcome a new group of research bloggers who carry out research and write articles for the blog. Subjects can either be a topic or your choice or one suggested by us. This 90 minute training session includes

  • Writing for an audience
  • Carrying out research
  • Providing a context

A follow up session will also be offered for participants who wish to learn how to use WordPress in order to add their own posts (however, you are welcome to submit a word document if you aren’t feeling so technical).

In order to sign up as one of our 2020-21 bloggers you will need

  • access to a computer or tablet in order to complete and submit your article
  • access to a camera in order to take photographs to accompany your article (cameras on mobile phones are fine)
  • to be willing to write at least one blog post during the following 12 months

You will be able to book a space in the searchroom in order to complete your research. Alternatively, staff may be able to provide a digital copy of the document you wish to use as part of your research.

Booking required, using link below

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Small bites

Our small bites are an introduction to a particular collection or topic. Each small bite lasts 30 minutes and contains a talk and time for questions.


Find out about the court system before 1858 and understand where your ancestor or individual you are researching may have had their will proved. Discover the changes to the system after 1858 and find out about some of the accompanying resources.

Booking required, using link below


School records

Interested in researching an old school building? Want to find out what happened in your local school in the past? Join us for a session looking at school records, including public building grants and log books. Find out what closure periods mean in terms of accessing some of these records and what is available to view.

Booking required, using link below

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Quiz evening

Join us for our inaugural online quiz evening. Grab yourself a drink and settle down to test your knowledge of Norfolk history. Some (but not all questions) will relate to one of our archives, with rounds such as Which year in history?, and Where in Norfolk?. This is purely for fun and you don’t need to reveal how you do unless you want to! The quiz should take 60-90 minutes.

No booking required, just click on the link below 5 minutes before we go live.

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Adult craft

Grab your paper and pens and get creative with one of our adult craft sessions. All sessions last for one hour and will include a chance to see some of our documents for inspiration before a tutorial on how to create your own craft.

A list of materials you will need will be sent a week in advance.

Exploring sunken gardens

Explore original documents showing gardens and landscapes in Norfolk over previous centuries, listen to recordings from the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage audio archives and learn paper craft techniques to create a decorative mixed media sunken garden.

Booking required, using link below

Making Christmas decorations

Learn how Christmas was celebrated in Norfolk by previous generations, before having a go at making your very own Christmas decorations inspired by archives within the Norfolk Record Office.

Booking required, using link below

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Outrage*us archives

Join us for an evening of outrageous archives. Our staff spent most of 2019 collecting distasteful names, insulting comments and shocking court cases from our archives to run this event in September last year. This year we have turned the event into an online format to allow even more of you to find out about the stories of Mr Golden Balls, the Vicar of Middleton’s derogatory terms for his congregation and the very unusual name of a 16th century boat in Kings Lynn. The event should last around 45 minutes.

Please note this session includes swear words.

Booking required, using the link below

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