Brundall Local
              History Group



Our events for 2019-2020

Tickets for our evening events are available on the door, free to members, £2.50 to non-members. All events, except the June visit, take place at Brundall Memorial Hall, Links Avenue, at 7.30pm.


Download a pdf of the events leaflet


The Theatre Royal fire of the
                                1930sThursday 17th October

 

THE HISTORY OF NORWICH THEATRE ROYAL

An illustrated talk by Jason Raper

 

Many famous names have trod the boards of this illustrious theatre for over 260 years.  A fascinating story of upheavals and artistic differences will unfold from its Georgian beginnings through the Regency and Victorian periods, the devastating fire of 1934 and WW2 air raids to its £10 million refurbishment in 2007 and its vibrant operation today.




 




Great Yarmouth MarinaThursday 21st November

 

THE MARINA GREAT YARMOUTH 1937-1979

An illustrated talk by Colin Miller

Bathing Beauties, Knobbly Knees and Music by the Sea

The variable fortunes of the Marina mirror those of Great Yarmouth in the struggle to retain its position as a premier UK seaside holiday resort. Colin Miller will trace the rise and fall of the theatre, the rationale and politics behind its creation and ultimate demise, and the development of its unique style of entertainment acts  which performed there during its lifetime.







Wolferton village sigb#nThursday 16th January

 

THE HISTORY OF NORFOLK - ON A STICK

An illustrated talk by Dr Andrew Tullett

The tradition of erecting village signs began in Norfolk. Over 500 Norfolk villages now display their ‘history on a stick’, more than any other county. In this illustrated talk, Dr. Andrew Tullett invites you to travel through time, from the prehistoric to the present-day, using images from the signs for inspiration.

 


Thursday 20th February

 

A CONVERSATION BY THE FARM GATE

 A talk by Kevin Parfitt

Farmer and Methodist lay preacher Kevin Parfitt will bring his box of curiosities and mementoes to give an insight to village life in Bergh Apton, but mainly the history of Church Farm which has been in his family for 108 years and his own home since 1949.  Although much of his land has been sold over the years due to changes in farming economics, he says: 'I can still enjoy my surroundings, whether I own the land or not.'

 

Georgette Vale in costume
Thursday 19th March

 

AN AFTERNOON TEA WITH ELIZABETH FRY

A costumed talk by Georgette Vale

We will join Mrs Fry in 1845 and hear her reflect on her life as a Quaker in Norfolk and London and her work as a prison reformer, philanthropist, anti-slavery campaigner and more besides.






 

The Lady Lord Mayors of NorwichThursday 16th April

 

THE LADY LORD MAYORS OF NORWICH

An illustrated talk by Phyllida Scrivens

Since 1923 when Ethel Colman became the first female Lord Mayor, both of Norwich and in the UK, there have been a further sixteen women who have worn the historic chain of civic office.  Using interview and research material, Phyllida Scrivens explores their diverse and remarkable lives, both personal and public. 

Her award-winning book, a group biography on this subject, will be on sale.



Let's talk about shoesThursday 21st May

 

LASTS AND LEATHER: LET’S TALK ABOUT SHOES

An illustrated talk by Barbara Miller

From earliest times people have needed shoes. How did they evolve,  how are they made and why are they such a source fascination to women?  We will look at the evolution of shoes and the Norwich shoe trade; a huge part of the city’s economy for generations.



 

Norwich Cathedral cloistersThursday 18th June

DAYTIME VISIT & TOUR: MONASTIC LIFE AT NORWICH CATHEDRAL

From 1096 to 1538 Norwich Cathedral was home to a community of Benedictine monks. Today, all that remains of their large complex of buildings is the fine cloister, the largest in any English cathedral On this tour we will discover the monks’ pattern of daily life and Terry Adkin, our guide, will refer to the Rule of Saint Benedict and the cathedral records.
 
Further details about the time and price of the tour will be publicised nearer the time.

 

Thursday 23rd July

BRUNDALL LOCAL HISTORY GROUP ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Followed by a talk/event linked to our 2019-2020 project: Brundall Primary School's 50th anniversary.

 

 





Our project for 2019-2020

Brundall Primary School

50th Anniversary Celebration

 

Between September 2019 and July 2020 BLHG will be working in partnership with the school to mark its official opening in 1970.


BLHG will research and publish a series of illustrated discovery leaflets based on themes selected by the school to reflect significant trends and developments, both nationally and locally, over the past 50 years. 


Activities and displays of children’s work inspired by these themes will take place in various venues in Brundall, including an exhibition at the school’s Rock the Boat event on Saturday 4th July 2020.

 
Brundall Primary School Inside the new Brundall Primary School c.1970-1971