Tag Archives: Victorians

Much Ado About Nothing?

A Letter from Edward Harbord 3rd Baron Suffield, to his sixteen-year-old son starts ‘With an aching heart and a trembling hand, I take up my pen to reply to your note…’ The eleven-page letter written in 1829 and held at … Continue reading

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Pablo Fanque’s return to Norwich

Pablo Fanque, born as William Darby, was the first black British circus proprietor. Apprenticed at an early age to William Batty, a well-known equestrian and circus proprietor, he was first trained as an acrobat and gymnast and then in horsemanship. … Continue reading

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From Victorian Corsetry to 50s fashions: The life of Annie Hardy

In a brown non-descript cardboard box in the Norfolk Record Office, I discovered the uncatalogued accumulated photos and papers of Annie Hardy (NRO, ACC 2001/120) . In 2001, these physical memories were handed in for preservation, and as the first person … Continue reading

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North Norfolk Stories – Holt Primary School discover how life changed after the railway

On Monday Year 5 pupils from Holt Primary School visited us for a session exploring the history of Holt in Victorian times and how Cromer and Sheringham changed after the invention of the railway. The students took part in 3 … Continue reading

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