Into the past: this week’s best history events in Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 11:10 10 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:10 10 March 2017

The diggers costumed interpretation group putting on the 1930's event at Blickling Halll. Pictured is Liz Scott playing Cath the scullery maid based on Cath Watts who worked at Blickling Hall and Mary Carter playing Cook.

Picture: Mark Bullimore

The diggers costumed interpretation group putting on the 1930's event at Blickling Halll. Pictured is Liz Scott playing Cath the scullery maid based on Cath Watts who worked at Blickling Hall and Mary Carter playing Cook. Picture: Mark Bullimore

Archant Norfolk 2015

From 1930s cooking in the Blickling kitchen to an exhibition helping unearth the facts behind old photos, plus angel roofs, Dragon Hall and US Air Force’s 75th East Anglia anniversary.

The 1930s Kitchen

Blickling Hall, March 12, 12pm-3pm, event free, normal admission, 01263 738030,

Join the living history costumed cooks in the 1930s kitchen, and if you’re lucky you may get a morsel to try. This weekend is their first appearance of 2017, then it is every Sunday. Whether Kath and Mrs Forsythe are baking scones, pigeon pie, venison, gingerbread or a good old apple crumble, there will always be some delicious smells wafting through the house. Times may vary, however cooking in the kitchen usually starts from 12pm.

Who Do You Think They Are

Forum, Norwich, March 13-April 1, 10am-4pm, admission free,

Exhibition looking for answers as well as providing tips for family history fans keen to learn how to help identify long forgotten people in family photographs. It’s a sad but common occurrence when rooting through old family photographs that you come across a picture of a group of people but you don’t know who the group is. If this sounds familiar then this exhibition will offer some help. Featured will be Andrew Tatham’s ‘A Group Photograph’, a culmination of 21 years of research and creation based on a First World War photograph. It will also include a special photograph memorial where visitors can add photographs of their unknown relatives.

Representing Angels

Ancient House, Thetford, March 14, 2.30pm-3.30pm, £5, pre-book 01842 752599,

In late 1300s English carpentry had attained a level of sophistication unrivalled in Europe and the church angel roof was one of the most impressive examples of their skill. Between 1395 and about 1530, several hundred angel roofs were built in England, but most predominantly in East Anglia. Of these, more than 140 survive. In this talk, Sarah Cassell will share her research into angel roofs across west Norfolk.

Dragon Hall Tour

Dragon Hall, King Street, Norwich, March 14, 2pm, £2.50 on door, under-12s free,

Explore the historic Dragon Hall, now home to Writers’ Centre Norwich, on this guided tour of the fascinating building. Dragon Hall has had a fascinating and colourful history - starting life as a medieval trading hall, then a crowded residential building for 500 years it’s been everything from slums, butcher’s shop, rectory and pub, right through to today’s arts and cultural venue. You’ll learn more about the architectural and social history of this 15th century building.


2nd Air Division Memorial Library, Forum, Norwich, March 14, 7pm, details on 01603 774747,

As part of events commemorating the arrival of the American Air Force in East Anglia 75 years ago, Nathaniel Sikand-Youngs and the Memorial Library’s American Scholars present stories of the men and women of the 2nd Air Division, Eighth US Army Air Force, who were stationed in East Anglia during the Second World War. The stories will bring together information discovered in the digital archive, a unique collection of over 30,000 images of original photographs, letters, memoirs and other documents.

Fishermen and Kings

Cromer Museum, March 15, 11.30am, £2.50, pre-book 01263 513543,

Illustrated lunchtime talk examining the work, life and times of Olive Edis, Norfolk’s pioneering woman photographer. She photographed the spectrum of British society: from fishermen to kings. Edis was a pioneer of photographic techniques and the first British woman appointed as an official war photographer. This talk by Alistair Murphy, curator of Cromer Museum, is about her groundbreaking photography.


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