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Programme for 2019/20

Summer Break: May to August


Tuesday 24th September 2019 7:30pm

This lecture replaces the previously publicised lecture “Snowdrifts and burning gods: Travels in the footsteps of artist James Baillie Fraser” by Ben Cartwright.

Hidden Faces

Dr John Talbot

An introduction to the beautiful and sophisticated art on pre-Roman East Anglian coinage, and an overview of what the coinage was used for and who was responsible for its production.

The lecture will present the results of an extensive study of the coinage of the Iceni focussing in particular on the complex imagery used on the early silver and gold issues. The lecture will also discuss how hard evidence arising from the study of coinage has been used to examine economic and social practices in East Anglia during the hundred years or so before the Roman conquest.

Dr John Talbot is affiliated with Oxford University and has spent over a decade studying the coinage of the Iceni. He is the author of “Made for Trade, a new view of Icenian Coinage”.

Image 1: A composite image of 3 coins showing almost the complete engraving on a die used to strike Icenian gold staters
Image 2: The horse on the reverse of the Bury D, a very early unit, that is discussed in the talk.

Venue: Harbour Room, RBL, High Street, Blakeney


Tuesday 29th October 2019 7:30pm

Captain Marryat & the Langham Connection

Jim Ring

Best known for ‘The Children of the New Forest’ Captain Marryat was actually a man of many parts.

He was a distinguished naval officer who saw action in the Napoleonic Wars and thrice saved the lives of fellow seaman who had fallen overboard by diving into the sea; he was an inventor whose work earned him the fellowship of the Royal Society; and he was one of the first novelists of the sea, whose work put wind in the sails of CS Forester and Patrick O’Brien.

In this talk, Jim Ring – local author and award winning naval historian – pays tribute to a great man who lived and died in Langham.

Captain Marryat

The talk is preceded by a short AGM

Venue: Harbour Room, RBL, High Street, Blakeney


Tuesday 26th November 2019 7:30pm

Aylsham Roman Project

Peter Purdy

Venue: Harbour Room, RBL, High Street, Blakeney


December 2019

No meeting planned although there may be a lunch organised. Details to follow.


Tuesday 28th January 2020 2:30pm

Talks By Members

Early Norfolk County Maps 1574-1703    ‘A Collector’s Journey’

Richard Jefferson 

A Surrey man, I married a Norfolk girl in 1966. To have a map of each of our counties to hang on the wall was a great idea. Within five years of being married I had purchased 90 Norfolk maps, and have yet (2019) to acquire a Surrey one.  

My talk, with many illustrations, is the story of my map collecting journey.

Early Norfolk Maps
Early Norfolk Maps

Cromer and the Georgian Seaside Resorts

Louise Allen

Venue: Cley Village Hall, The Fairstead, Cley-next-the-Sea


Tuesday 25th February 2020 2:30pm

Binham Priory and development of Village

David Frost

Venue: Cley Village Hall, The Fairstead, Cley-next-the-Sea


Tuesday 31st March 2020 7:30pm

Tales of Wells Harbour

Robert Smith

Venue: Cley Village Hall, The Fairstead, Cley-next-the-Sea


Tuesday 28th April 2020 7:30pm

Blickling Belles – The Georgian Daughters of Blickling Hall

Kate Barnes

Venue: Cley Village Hall, The Fairstead, Cley-next-the-Sea