Episode 42: Conversations with Strangers: Herb Schwartz

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This week’s podcast is another from the archives of the American Library in Norwich (formerly the Second Air Division Memorial Library). Their “Conversations with Strangers” series features United States Air Force veterans of WWII discussing their experience of war; from their relocation to the sleepy farming towns of Norfolk, England, to the extraordinary flight combat missions they undertook.

This episode features Herb Schwartz (445th Bomb Group), filmed by students from Norwich University College of the Arts at the 61st convention of the 2nd Air Division Ass, Dallas, Texas (17th – 20th October 2008).

See below for the original video recordings of Herb.

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Episode 41: Conversations with Strangers: Frank and Robert Birmingham

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The podcast episode this week is another from the “Conversations with Strangers” series, which features United States Air Force veterans of WWII discussing their experience of war; from their relocation to the sleepy farming towns of Norfolk, England, to the extraordinary flight combat missions they undertook.

This episode features brothers Frank and Robert Birmingham (458th Bomb Group) in conversation, filmed by students from Norwich University College of the Arts at the 61st convention of the 2nd Air Division Ass, Dallas, Texas (17th – 20th October 2008).

Click below to view the original video recordings of the conversation with Frank and Robert.

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Episode 40: Conversations With Strangers: Robert Lee Swofford

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This week’s podcast is another recording from the archives of the American Library in Norwich (formerly the Second Air Division Memorial Library). Their “Conversations with Strangers” series features United States Air Force veterans of WWII discussing their experience of war; from their relocation to the sleepy farming towns of Norfolk, England, to the extraordinary flight combat missions they undertook.

This episode features Robert Lee Swofford (445th Bomb Group) in conversation, filmed by students from Norwich University College of the Arts at the 61st convention of the 2nd Air Division Ass, Dallas, Texas (17th – 20th October 2008).

Click below to view the original video recordings of the conversation with Robert.

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Episode 39: Conversations with Strangers: Jack Dyson

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This week is the second episode of “Conversations with Strangers,” from the archives of the American Library in Norwich (formerly the Second Air Division Memorial Library). Their “Conversations with Strangers” series features United States Air Force veterans of WWII discussing their experience of war; from their relocation to the sleepy farming towns of Norfolk, England, to the extraordinary flight combat missions they undertook.

This episode features Jack Dyson (445th Bomb Group) in conversation, recorded by students from Norwich University College of the Arts at the 61st convention of the 2nd Air Division Assn, Dallas, Texas (17th – 20th October 2008).

Click below to view the original video recordings of the conversation with Jack.

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Episode 38: Conversations with Strangers: Ray Lemons

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This week’s podcast comes from the archives of the American Library in Norwich (formerly the Second Air Division Memorial Library). Their “Conversations with Strangers” series features United States Air Force veterans of WWII discussing their experience of war; from their relocation to the sleepy farming towns of Norfolk, England, to the extraordinary flight combat missions they undertook.

This episode features Ray Lemons of the 445th Bomb Group in conversation, recorded by students from Norwich University College of the Arts at the 61st convention of the 2nd Air Division Assn, Dallas, Texas in October 2008.

Click below to view the original video recordings of the conversation with Ray.

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Episode 37: My Norfolk, My Holt: Bridget Cuthbert

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“My Norfolk, My Holt” are a series of interviews with local people led by volunteer Phil Barrett at Holt Library. The sessions are about valuing the contributions of individuals to the life of the community past and present. Participants talk about the Holt and Norfolk they know and love, past and present; how it was when they first knew it, and how it is now, both from a personal and professional point of view.

In this podcast episode Phil talks to Bridget Cuthbert, a valued member of the community of Holt.

Bridget was born in Norwich, and lived in Reepham until she was 15, when her parents moved to Warwickshire. She was devastated at leaving Norfolk, but eventually came back to live here when her husband took early retirement in 1991. She was determined to live here as she liked the feel of it & its proximity to the coast. Even when not living here she came for holidays every year, staying in Northrepps, Cromer and later in Hindringham. She always felt that Norfolk was her home and the right place to be.

Her ancestors were all connected with agriculture – farmers, corn merchants, butchers – with a family history which can be traced back to the 14th century. Her education was very varied: a village school; on a farm with 4 other children and a governess; boarding school for 3 years in Cromer and then school in Warwickshire.

Bridget qualified as a State Registered Dietitian and worked in various NHS hospitals and also lectured.

She has always known Holt, from before the bypass, and been involved in lots of things in Holt & in the county. Although she never actually worked here she has always been involved in Health Issues and was a Non- Exec- Director of the North Norfolk Primary Care Trust; Norwich District Community Health Council; and many other health related things.

She has been a WI member in Holt since 1991 and President twice, having been a member for over 50 years. She has been a volunteer for the Holt Festival since it started. And when a Rep. theatre company was based at The Auden for 3 years she was very involved. The Arts & theatre/film are great loves of hers. She doesn’t like house work and doesn’t have the time for it either!

Episode 36: A Norwich Pub Quiz

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Black Anna, the landlady of the Jolly Butchers public house on Ber Street, Norwich [image from Picture Norfolk]

On the podcast this week Librarian Rachel is the pub quiz master, asking ten questions about Norwich’s pubs. You can pause and rewind if you need more time on each question, and feel free to use these questions at your own lockdown lock-in.

The book mentioned is “Norwich Pubs and Breweries Past and Present” by local historians Frances and Michael Holmes – you can buy it here.

Download the quiz here:

Norwich Pub Quiz Questions and Answers

 

Episode 35: My Norfolk, My Holt: Tony Britten

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“My Norfolk, My Holt” are a series of interviews with local people led by volunteer Phil Barrett at Holt Library. The sessions are about valuing the contributions of individuals to the life of the community past and present. Participants talk about the Holt and Norfolk they know and love, past and present; how it was when they first knew it, and how it is now, both from a personal and professional point of view.

In this podcast episode Phil talks to Tony Britten, Artistic Director for Holt Festival, film director and composer. Tony is arguably best known for composing the UEFA Champions League Anthem in 1992. He was born in London in 1955 and has lived in or around Holt and Norfolk for 20 odd years.

He has worked all over Europe, in the States and New Zealand, but feels Holt is like a village, in that lots of people seem to know each other, and yet it has the bustle of a town.

He is still a Holt Festival supporter, and likes to play dominoes in The Hunny Bell pub.

VE Day 75: Norfolk in World War II

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VE Day celebratory street party in Walsingham, 1945

To mark 75 years since Victory in Europe Day, Norfolk Heritage Centre and the American Library have created a set of ten posters telling the stories of Norfolk’s men, women, and children during World War II.

  • Download the PDF versions here:

Norfolk in WWII posters

  • Or the jpeg versions below (click to enlarge the image and right click to save):

Episode 34: The Second Air Division in East Anglia

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Victory parade in Cathedral Close, Norwich, 1945 – image from Picture Norfolk

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday 8th May, this week’s podcast is a potted history of the 2nd Air Division of the United States Army Air Forces in World War II, with Librarian Orla Kennelly. Hear about the connections forged between locals and the Americans in wartime Norfolk and the continuing legacy of the 2nd Air Division in East Anglia today.

The American Library, formerly known as the Second Air Division Memorial Library, has recently undergone a redevelopment and re-branding. Read more about the library on their website, and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.