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Digging for diamonds: A voyage of fortune

In the winter of 1871, twenty-one-year-old Charles Howes, son of Reverend T.G.F. Howes, set off on the R.M.S. Cambrian alongside other enthusiastic prospectors to South Africa where an event very reminiscent of the Californian Gold Rush was taking place. While … Continue reading

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Exploits on the Grand Tour

With the weather still cold and wet people are starting to think about their summer holiday. Many picturing warm sandy beaches and relaxing evenings. 200 years ago many of the middle classes were enjoying their first experiences of travelling abroad, … Continue reading

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‘I suppose you think that I am shot’: Problems writing home from the Crimean War.

‘I suppose that you think that I am shot since you have not heard from me for so long but thank God I am not yet but I have had some near escapes.’ These are the words of Private Thomas … 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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Memories of Christmas from a German Prisoner of War

Soon after the Second World War ended German POWs were released across the country. Over 100 prisoners were released from Mousehold Camp based in Norwich. One such prisoner was Hans Dittrich who was interviewed shortly before release. Dittrich obviously appreciated … Continue reading

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Two pamphlets and two letters – “The Hooker Hoard”

Botanical Correspondence of J. D. Hooker Printed letter to J. D. Hooker from Baron Alexander von Humboldt, on his proposed journey to the Himalayas and Tibet, and printed article on Dr Hooker’s botanical mission to India. Norfolk Record Office, MC … Continue reading

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Disgruntled of Ditchingham: Stories from the correspondence of W. Carr

William Carr of Ditchingham Hall was a Magistrate of many years standing, for Norfolk, Suffolk, and the West Riding. He was chairman of the Norfolk Quarter Sessions, vice-chairman of Norfolk County Council and a Deputy Lieutenant for Norfolk. Hidden among … Continue reading

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“You may think you can imagine my feelings but you can’t”: Letters from the Front

The Norfolk Record Office holds a fascinating collection of First World War papers by a man named Philip Hewetson. Philip was the son of William Hewetson, the rector of Wroxham with Salhouse. He joined the army in 1914 and wrote … Continue reading

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