History Talks

Our new series of History Talks include a 20 minute talk followed by the chance to ask questions. Each talk is shown live twice during the day, at 1pm and 7pm. Just click on a link 10 minutes before the start time and you will be admitted to a virtual lobby ready to listen to the talk.

Don’t worry if you miss a talk, after the live events you can catch up with all talks on our YouTube channel (links included below).

Richard Caister, The ‘Good Vicar’ of 15th-Century Norwich

By Frank Meeres

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Richard Caister was vicar of St Stephen’s, Norwich from 1402 to 1420.  He became known for his preaching and writing and for his concern for the poor – his reputation for sanctity was so great that after his death people made pilgrimages to his grave. 

If you know someone who would like to listen by telephone please give them the following details:

Telephone: 0203 481 5237

PIN for 1pm talk: 816 5255 4000

PIN for 7pm talk: 837 4077 8433

Missed it? View the video on our YouTube channel

Anchored in Beer and Land- The Estate Plans of Bullard’s Brewery

By Daryl Long

Wednesday 7 October 2020

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, Bullard’s Brewery commissioned plans of their estate to be drawn up.  These plans are now held by the Norfolk Record Office.  This talk looks in detail at what these plans can tell us; not just about Bullard’s business itself but also of their wider social context.

Missed it? View the video on our YouTube channel

The Grand Tour and Beyond- Accounts from Norfolk’s Archives

By Victoria Draper

Wednesday 11 November 2020

Join us on a journey through the archives to uncover the grand tourists’ experiences during their travels. Using letters and diaries within the Nofolk Record Office we will see what the tourists thought about crossing the Chanel, how they found their transport on the continent and their encounters when site seeing.

Missed it? View the video on our YouTube channel

How Norwich Fought against the Plague

By Frank Meeres

Wednesday 9 December 2020

The year 2020 is not the first time Norwich has come under threat from a pandemic.  Outbreaks of plague in Tudor and Stuart times were just as devastating for the city – and led to many more deaths.  Have we learnt from the past? – this talk looks at how the city authorities tried to fight against the plague – and compares their actions with those of people at the present time. 

Missed it? View the video on our YouTube channel

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