Episode 26: The Ups and Downs of Elm Hill c.1500 – 2019 with Vic Morgan

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Elm Hill, 1957 (image from picture.norfolk.gov.uk)

Join historian Vic Morgan, from the Norfolk Archives and Heritage Development Foundation (NORAH), as he explores the history of Elm Hill, Norwich’s most ‘iconic’ street, and examines its fluctuating fortunes within the context of wider changes in the city and beyond.

Episode 25: Norwich’s Renaissance Books: A Personal Selection


Join Becca Allen as she examines some of the key items to be found in the remarkable Norwich City Library collection.  Founded in 1608, and one of the first of its type to be established outside London, the collection comprises some 2,000 volumes including a significant number of ‘incunabula’ (books printed before 1501).

Episode 24: Trial and Transportation: Women Before the Bench 1600-1850

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In her popular talk “Trial and Transportation: Women Before the Bench 1600-1850”, local historian and author Elizabeth Walne examines the circumstances of women who appeared before Norwich courts from the Stuart period to the Victorian. Find out what they were accused of, what the punishment was, and where they ended up. See below for the slides referred to throughout the talk.

Find out more about Elizabeth and her research on her website. Thanks for listening!

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Episode 23: A Walk in the Park: The History of Chapelfield Gardens


We are sharing this episode in memory of our colleague and friend Trevor Markworth, who recorded “A Walk in the Park: The History of Chapelfield Gardens” at a Heritage Hour talk in January 2019. Trevor was a very special man who will be missed by many in Norwich.

Click the link below to see the images referred to throughout this talk. We hope you enjoy listening to Trevor share his knowledge and passion for the history of Norwich as much as we do.

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Episode 22: Snap Dragons and Story Books: In Conversation with Isabelle King

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Isabelle King is author of children’s books “The Norfolk Story Book” and “Once Upon A Time in Norfolk.” Join Isabelle and Archive Specialist Chris Tracy in conversation, as they discuss finding inspiration in Norfolk’s history and her role as a Prince’s Trust Young Ambassador, and give insights into the opportunities and challenges of building a creative career.

Find out more about Isabelle and her work here. Thanks for listening!

Episode 21: Becoming a House Detective: Researching a 17th Century Home

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In this talk, local author Stephen Poulter shares his experience of researching the story of the 17th century cottage in Norfolk which he moved into in recent years. He recounts the tales of the owners and residents of his own home over more than 300 years, who ranged from Victorian farmers and bricklayers to a Georgian gentlewoman of independent means and a wealthy 17th century landowner. He also describes the various processes and historic documents involved in investigating the background of any historic property so that anyone listening can set out on their own journey of historical discovery.

For more information on the Waveney Heritage project, visit: http://www.waveneyheritage.org. Anyone wishing to be involved in the heritage project which is a partnership between Needham and the neighbouring village of Brockdish should email stephenjp@talktalk.net.


Episode 20: St William and Mousehold Heath: A Tale of Three Chapels


Join historian Trevor Nuthall as he shares his research into the site of Mousehold Heath’s St William’s Chapel, where in 1144 the murdered body of the 12-year-old William was discovered and where, over the next 250 years, three chapels were built. See below for Trevor Nuthall’s slides, as referred to throughout his talk.

Image: Mousehold Heath, etching by Miles Edmund Cotman, http://www.picture.norfolk.gov.uk

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