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Norfolk's Industrial Past 1750-1940
Tutor: Mary Fewter
This course was delivered in 2012.
“Did Norfolk have an industrial past?” -
a comment on a par with the famous “Very flat, Norfolk.” Its
rural image can disguise the surprising variety and scale of its industries.
This course covers the variety and scale of Norfolk’s industry from
18th to 20th centuries, from textiles to heavy engineering and the generation
of electricity. This course of five two hour sessions and one outing,
led by Mary Fewster, uses a mixture of visual and documentary evidence.
Of necessity, some aspects are covered in overview, while there is an
opportunity to examine certain industries or firms in more depth.
- The Norfolk scene 1750-1940: an introduction to the landscape,
economy and society of Norfolk, in relation to its industrial
development, plus a focus on extractive industries.
- Links with the land: a look at industries providing for,
and dealing with the product of agriculture and fisheries.
- “The grand source of its wealth”: Norwich industries
from the 18th to the 20th centuries.
- “Making connections”: the impact of the introduction
of services, such as water and gas supplies, and of road, rail
and water transport.
- Entrepreneurs and diversity: the variety and scale of industrial
development throughout the county.
Dates & time: Thursday afternoons
14:30 - 16.30; March 22 and 29, miss a week, then April 12, 19 and 26.
The date of the outing and the destination to be arranged during the course,
but this may incur an additional cost of an entrance fee.
Cost: Members - £48,
Non-members - £55
House History Workshop - 2010 & 2011
Tutor: Pam Peake
The first workshop was held in Autumn 2010 and the second
workshop in the Autumn of 2011. Each workshop took place over
three mornings and introduced the attendees
to the ways in which to approach finding out the
history of their
house and the local area surrounding the house. Please see newsletter
no 31 where there is an article on the last house history workshop.
Attendees of the workshops provided displays at the
2010 and 2011 Christmas Mardles respectively.
'The Story of Illuminated Manuscripts' - October 2008
Tutor: Margaret Forester
The course covered
book illustration and decoration from the beginning to the invention
of printing, with greater emphasis on the period 500-1200. The weekly
programme was arranged as follows:
- What types of books were there? What kinds
of illustration were there?
- How were books made? What sort of inks,
pens and paints were used?
- Who made these books and why?
- The Author Portrait.
- The Historiated Initial.
- Bible Illustration, or people could vote
for which of the various types of illustration they would
like to study this session.
Just getting to see some of these original works
could be an ongoing project, as they are held in country churches or
city libraries, provincial museums or cathedral treasuries, here and
abroad. You could, for instance, visit Ranworth Church in Norfolk, the
Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, Durham Cathedral treasury, the Chester
Beatty Library in Dublin or the monastic library at St Gallen in Switzerland.
Precious and delicate books are not available
to be handled by the general public, but facsimiles are accessible
(but not usually on loan) at libraries such as the Norfolk Studies Centre
in Norwich Millennium Library. The internet has some excellent
sites. Better still is Turning
the Pages at www.bl.uk/turningthepages.
'Glories of the Glaven' - September 2007
The course was an in depth study of the three Glaven Churches: Cley, Wiveton and
Blakeney. There was a common pattern: first a lecture that highlighted
the architectural features, and compared and contrasted these with the
other churches, both within the vicinity and across the country; this
was followed by a 'fieldwork' morning in the appropriate church seeing
and discussing the actual features.
Tutor: Gerald Randall
'Exploring Langham on Foot'- September 2007
Tutor: Mike Medlar&