My Norfolk, My Holt: Rhu Bruce Lockhart

Rhu Bruce Lockhart remembers being the son of a headmaster, developing the town to its full potential, and being a driving force behind Holt.


My Norfolk, My Holt: Father Howard

Father Howard recalls his divine calling to Holt, the important place the church has in the community, and finding serenity in sailing.



My Norfolk, My Holt: Anthony Burn

Anthony Burn talks about things that go bump in the night, being a local estate agent, and supporting the community.



My Norfolk, My Holt: Philip High

Local man Philip High talks about his school days, varied career, and love of John Wayne.



Episode Thirteen: What did the Georgians do for Norwich?


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A Georgian house on Aylsham Road, Norwich

This episode of the podcast features a Heritage Hour talk given by Ian Smith. Ian looks at civic pride and the reality of urban life in Georgian Norwich. The influence of the Georgian period is still very evident in the architecture and public buildings of the city, with the construction of the Assembly House and Gentleman’s Walk during this time.

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Episode Twelve: The Norwich Apocalypse


Our first podcast episode of the year features a talk by Dr Rebecca McGann about the Norwich Apocalypse, a mid-13th century illustrated commentary on the Book of Revelation, and the place of this fascinating manuscript in the production of illustrated English Apocalypses from c.1250.

The Norwich Apocalypse is one of the treasures of the Norfolk Heritage Centre collection – if this podcast piques your interest in the manuscript, join us on Monday 16th March or 21st May for a workshop exploring more about the fascinating work. See below for more images and details of the workshop. Thanks for listening!

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Episode Eleven: Roy Ho-Ho-Howard’s Christmas Memories


In a special Norfolk Heritage Centre Podcast episode, Roy Howard shares his warm, funny, and festive Christmas memories with us. Roy is a member of the Norwich Community History club, a friendly and welcoming group that makes history accessible for everybody. The group meets at NHC every Tuesday from 11am-12pm, and is always open for new members.

Roy was born in 1942 and grew up in Costessey, Norfolk. He went on to work for Norwich Union and start a gardening business, before becoming Taverham Garden Centre’s very popular Father Christmas. Roy also took part in our Historypin Connections project last year – he is a fantastic storyteller, and you can find more of his stories here.

We’ll be back with more podcast episodes in the new year, so don’t forget to subscribe. Merry Christmas from Norfolk Heritage Centre!


Episode Ten: The Thorpe Rail Crash of 1874


On the 10th of September, 1874, two trains collided in a head-on collision in Thorpe St. Andrew, killing twenty-five staff and passengers. In a talk given at St Williams Way Library, Nick Williams from Thorpe History Group looks at the circumstances behind this tragic accident, and the impact that it had.

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Image from Picture Norfolk:¬†Edward Pococke’s engraving of the collision, 1874


Episode Nine: Norfolk Roots: Anna Sewell and Black Beauty


Our special guest on the podcast this week is David Holgate-Carruthers from the Museum of Norwich, who gave a fascinating talk about the life and times of Anna Sewell, the author of “Black Beauty.” David examined how Anna’s gender, her experience of disability, and her life in industrial Britain inspired and informed her writing.

You have a few days left to visit the exhibition “Cecil Aldin: The Art of Black Beauty” at the Museum of Norwich, running until November 25th. It’s well worth a visit (and you can see some rare editions of the novel borrowed from Norfolk Heritage Centre – including a copy in Japanese!).

Thank you to David for giving such an insightful look at Anna’s life – see below for the images displayed during the talk. We hope you enjoy listening!

Image from Museum of Norwich

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