Our Aims

Our Club's aims are to:

Learn collaboratively about the history, heritage and archaeology of Norwich and Norfolk

Develop resources and activities that contribute to the wider community’s understanding of history and archaeology

Develop activities that enhance/maintain the wellbeing and emotional resilience of club members

Be actively inclusive – open, accessible and welcoming to all


Tuesday, 19 January 2021

The Undercrofts Of Norwich

This is an enjoyable film chosen by club member, Nick.  It is by Terry George of the Norwich Society about the undercrofts of Norwich.  Do you know what an undercroft is and how differs from a crypt?  There are 80 undercrofts in Norwich but where are they, when were they built and who built them?  To find the answers to these questions and more related information please select the following link and press play:  

https://youtu.be/aR5zx2u8Hbg

Wensum Park

Here is an interesting article about Wensum Park with some excellent photographs.  Originally purchased by the City Council in 1907, two bathing pools were constructed but then in 1910 the work ended, but what was it used for then?  Which famous Norwich parks designer and constructor further developed the park in 1921 for it’s official opening in 1925?  When was a paddling pool constructed?  To find the answers to these questions and more related information please select the following link:  

https://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/lifestyle/heritage/city-park-went-from-tip-to-riverside-retreat-6898184

Collecting COVID 19 Artefacts in Norfolk

Rachel at the Norwich Heritage Centre has reminded us that we should continue to collect artefacts relating to the current COVID 19 pandemic.  I do remember sending out a similar email request some months ago and some of you sent some photos through to me which I sent on to Rachel.  These artefacts can consist of letters/diaries/photos etc which Rachel is requesting that we continue to collect and retain for now, however, if we have anything in digital form i.e. photos, then please send these through to me or direct to Rachel.  

Plough Monday

I hadn’t heard of the term Plough Monday until I read this article suggested by Maggie.  So when is Plough Monday and what did the farm labourers do to celebrate this day?  To find out the answers to these questions and more related information please select the following link:  

https://calendarcustoms.com/articles/plough-monday/

Sutton Hoo at 80 - When Suffolk Amazed the World!

Here is a related article about the discovery of Sutton Hoo by Basil Brown.  It was described at the time as a discovery "as important in this country as the finding of the tomb of Tutankhamen to Egypt”.  Do you know who funded the excavation?  What were the tensions during the excavation?  What were the treasures that were discovered?  To find the answers to these questions and more related information please select the following link: 

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/how-anglo-saxon-treasure-was-found-in-suffolk-2595694


Basil Brown - Beyond Sutton Hoo

This is an article suggested by Colin.  The article comes from the Suffolk Heritage Explorer site which Colin recommends.  You may be aware that Basil Brown discovered Suttion Hoo on the eve of the Second World War but do you know about his life and other achievements?  Brought up on a farm, Basil would spend a lot of his time either digging or gazing at the stars.  He had a passion for geography  geology and astronomy and a thirst for knowledge.  His initial fame was publishing an atlas but then he spent more time on archaeology, but where was his first excavation?  To find the answers to these questions and more related information please select the following link:  

https://heritagesuffolk.wordpress.com/2021/01/08/basil-brown-archaeologist/

Norfolk Museums Service needs you!

The Norfolk Museum Service is looking for assistance in reviewing a series of short films to bring some of their wonderful collections and stories to life online.  All you need to do is review a 20 minute film and complete a short survey.  If you are interested please respond to Jenny Caynes at:  Jenny.caynes@norfolk.gov.uk