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Norwich Heart, Heritage Economic & Regeneration Trust

Norwich 12 archive course


The Norfolk Record Office, in partnership with Norwich Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART), is running this popular course for the fourth time.

The eight-week course offers an opportunity to learn about and use original documentary sources relating to the iconic Norwich 12 buildings and their sites. The lectures will be complemented by exclusive guided tours of all 12 buildings, which are included in the course fee and will be arranged at a time to suit the participants.

To celebrate the EU-funded SHAPING 24 project that Norwich HEART is currently running with the Belgian city of Ghent, the course also includes a session led by a Ghent expert, Woot De Vuyst, who will talk about the history and archives of the city. Wout is responsible for research and documentation at STAM, the new city museum in Ghent

All the Norwich lectures will be delivered by Frank Meeres, an archivist, historian and author, and Tom Townsend, an experienced archivist and tutor of continuing education. All the lectures will be held in The Archive Centre at County Hall on Martineau Lane from 6-8pm.

Session details

1. 29th September 2010 - Introduction and scene setting on the Norwich 12 (Frank Meeres and Tom Townsend)

2. 6th October 2010 - Angels in the Architecture: Norwich's two Cathedrals (Frank Meeres)

3. 13th October 2010 - Our City Fathers: The Guildhall and City Hall (Tom Townsend)

4. 20th October 2010 - Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Great Hospital and The Halls - St Andrew's and Blackfriars' (Frank Meeres)

5. 27th October 2010 - Decline and Renewal: Norwich Castle and Dragon Hall (Tom Townsend)

6. 3rd November 2010 - Cathedrals of Commerce: St James Mill and Surrey House (Frank Meeres and Tom Townsend)

7. 10th November 2010 - Places of Leisure: The Assembly House and The Forum (Frank Meeres and Tom Townsend)

8. 17th November 2010 - The Splendour of Ghent: History, Heritage and Archives (Wout De Vuyst)

Please note the order of sessions is subject to change.

Guided tours of the Norwich 12 buildings will be organised for evenings and weekends between 29th September and 30th November 2010.

The course fee is £100 (to be paid in advance), inclusive of the guided tours. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

For all enquiries and an application form, please contact Jo Archer on 01603 599576 or email