Planned Events

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Programme for Autumn 2020

With Coronavirus making meetings difficult and local venues closed it has been decided to hold the Autumn lectures in September, October and November digitally on Zoom. Details will be emailed prior to each meeting.

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Each lecture will, where possible and with the speaker’s agreement, be recorded and be available on the website to be viewed at a later date. As there will be a need to edit lectures before they are placed on the website there will be a delay of a few days between the lecture and the recording being available on the website.


Tuesday 29th September 2020 7:30pm on Zoom

Imagined Coasts – The Medieval Port of Burnham

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Jonathan Hooton

As a result of being invited to join the imagined Land Project on Burnham Norton Friary I became involved in examining how the north Norfolk coast had changed over the last millennium and how that affected  the development of the ports, in particular the port of Burnham. 

This talk is based on the results of that work.  It is really in two parts the first part looks at how the north Norfolk coast has changed and secondly looking at the development and decline of the port of Burnham.

Fiducia at Burnham Overy
Fiducia at Burnham Overy
Salthouse Channels
Salthouse Channels

This talk will also be recorded for viewing at a later date.

Venue: Online using Zoom.


Tuesday 27th October 2020 7:30pm on Zoom

Roman coins from rivers and wells in Britain: hoards or gifts for the gods?

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Roger Bland

Among the 3,300 coin hoards known from Britain, there is an interesting group of finds that come from rivers and wells, such as the more 12,000 coins found when the baths at Roman Bath were drained in the 1970s, seen here. Other large groups are known from the river Thames at London Bridge, the Tees and Hadrian’s Wall. Why were these groups of coins deposited in these watery places and are they hoards? The talk will look at this intriguing group of coins as a case study of research into the huge number of Roman coin hoards known from Britain.

Bath Coins
Bath Coins

The talk is preceded by a short AGM also on Zoom

Venue: Online using Zoom.


Tuesday 24th November 2020 7:30pm on Zoom

Dereham and its vicar in Victorian Times

Susanna Wade-Martins

The Revd Benjamin Armstrong was vicar of Dereham from 1850- 1888 and throughout this time he kept detailed diaries describing the ups and downs of his family life, social changes taking place in  Norfolk towns and countryside as well as the turmoils within the Church of England. Susanna Wade- Martins is the author of a new biography of Armstrong and her lecture will explore  his life, his attitude to these changes and the role he played in the life of  the market town of Dereham. 

Revd Benjamin Armstrong, Vicar of Dereham

Venue: Online using Zoom.


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

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