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Programme for First Half 2021

Tuesday 26th January 2021 7:30pm on Zoom

The Norwich Castle: Royal Palace Reborn Project—Principles and Processes

Dr Agata Gomolka, Project Assistant Curator, Norwich Castle


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The major project currently under way at Norwich Castle aims to restore and renew the original fabric of the interior of the Great Keep.

This talk will discuss the approaches and progress of the reconstruction of the Norman interiors, and the development of the museum gallery showcasing over a thousand medieval objects.


Tuesday 23rd February 2021 7:30pm on Zoom

Eighteenth-century East Anglian Antiquaries

Dr Lucilla Burn

In 1709, a grave containing Roman pottery and bronze artefacts was discovered on the outskirts of Cambridge. This talk discusses the find and the network of antiquaries who reported it, setting both in the wider context of the developing eighteenth-century interest in local history and archaeology.

Frans van Mieris, The Revd Dr Cox Macro (1683-1767), Suffolk Antiquary

Tuesday 30th March 2021 7:30pm on Zoom

The Grand Tour & Beyond

Victoria Draper, Norfolk Record Office

During the 17th and 18th centuries many young upper class men travelled across Europe in order to complete their education and immerse themselves in the culture.

In this talk Victoria Draper, from the Norfolk Record Office, will take you on a journey through the archives to uncover the experiences of these grand tourists.

Using letters and diaries held by the Record Office, Victoria will explain what the tourists thought about crossing the Channel, how they found their transport on the continent and their encounters with the local people.


Tuesday 27th April 2021 7:30pm on Zoom

Travels in the footsteps of James Baillie Fraser

Dr Ben Cartwright

In 1820, twenty-one prints called Views in the Himala Mountains introduced audiences in cities such as London, Edinburgh, Calcutta and Madras, up close and personal to the Himalayan mountains for the first time. These prints were based on the watercolours of James Baillie Fraser, and are full of weather, incredible landscapes, treacherous mountain passes, local people, and the ravages of a fading war. In 2019, Dr. Ben Cartwright (Collection Curator, The South Asia Collection, Norwich) set out to retrace this route. Here, he will talk about his experiences.

Jumnotree, the source of the River Jumna by James Baillie Fraser – 1820.
Ben at the same location