Events 2018-2019




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All the meetings, apart from that in June, take place in The Memorial Hall, Links Avenue, Brundall, and start at 7.30 p.m. Non-members are welcome to attend, entrance £2.50.


The story of transportJanuary 17   A MOVING STORY   Mary Fewster
Throughout East Anglia people have travelled for a variety of reasons.  This talk looks at road transport and travellers from medieval pilgrims to the heyday of the stage coach and the coming of the motor car, and reminds us of the physical remains of our travelling past.

Norwich Castle in the 12th centuryFebruary 21   NORWICH CASTLE: The Past, Present and Future of a Treasured Landmark  -  Paris Agar
Standing atop the largest man-made motte in the country, Norwich Castle has dominated the city’s skyline since the 12th century. The successful 'Square Box on the Hill' exhibition told the Castle’s rich 900-year story in 2018. Here the exhibition curator, Paris Agar, tells us the story of the Castle and explains the exciting plans for its future.

Limestone buildingMarch 21   LIMESTONE COUNTRY - Jacky Heath
BLHG member Jacky Heath will present her own research into the historical use of Limestone and gives a personal view on the role of this versatile rock in producing various features of the landscape that we know today.

The late John Betjeman said: "Norfolk is one of the great architectural treasures of Europe because of its individual country churches". One can only agree with a man who many still revere as the Patron Saint of Church Crawls! Norfolk has 700+churches, which means there is a wonderful diversity of stunning architectural features and oddities for us to enjoy. David looks forward to sharing a selection with you.

Secret NorwichMay 16  THE SECRETS OF SECRET NORWICH - Elizabeth Walne
Find out more about how the book Secret Norwich came to be and enjoy a look at some of the stories that did - and didn’t - end up within its pages. Author Elizabeth Walne takes us on a whistle-stop tour of lesser-known historic Norwich from urchins to acrobats and back again.

  A visit to the Norfolk Museums Service costume andd textile section at the Shirehall, Norwich
A look behind the scenes at the wonderful collection of costume and textiles of the Norfolk  Museums Service. A special tour of the store rooms, filled with rare and precious items, and an overview of the collections which give an insight into Norfolk's textile heritage. Time to be confirmed.


Past events


Stephen BrowningOctober 18    NORFOLK COAST IN THE GREAT WAR   Stephen Browning

This illustrated talk will be based upon material in the book ‘Norfolk Coast in the Great War’ by Stephen Browning. This unique study begins by considering life in Norwich in the war and gathers together fascinating stories, some never published before, about settlements on the coast from Kings Lynn to Great Yarmouth. There are over 180 illustrations.

Joe Stirling and Phyllida ScrivensNovember 15   ESCAPING HITLER   Phyllida Scrivens
Escaping Hitler (Pen and Sword Books 2016) is the true story of 94 year old Joe Stirling, former Kindertransport refugee, whose destiny was to become Sheriff of Norwich.  Biographer Phyllida Scrivens spent four years researching and recording Joe’s early life in Nazi Germany, his new life in the UK and his remarkable impact on the City of Norwich.





All the meetings, apart from that in June, take place in The Memorial Hall, Links Avenue, Brundall, and start at 7.30 p.m.  The June meeting usually takes the form of an 'outside' event.

Members can come to the meetings free as part of their membership fee, and entry is £2.50 for non-members.  We end the evening with light refreshments.

Anyone who would like to come is very welcome to these meetings.  We usually have a stall selling our publications, notelets, cards etc.