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Norwich Heart, Heritage Economic & Regeneration Trust

Rebels & Innovators Lecture Series

As part of the Spring 2015 events programme at The Guildhall, HEART has teamed up with three local heritage experts to deliver an exciting new lecture series. Based on Norwich and Norfolk's very own historical 'Rebels & Innovators', this unique series of talks is a celebration of some of the local pioneers and heroes who changed the course of history through their beliefs, actions and innovations. 

Each lecture starts at 6pm at The Guildhall on Gaol Hill in Norwich and is expected to last for around an hour. Tickets are £5 each per talk and booking is essential via Eventbrite.

'Dangerous Radicals - Norwich's Anarchic Characters'

Thursday 7 May, 6pm

Michael Loveday looks at how some of Norwich and Norfolk's radical daughters and sons were 'game changers' and helped break the mould in the way society thought and worked. Deemed as thorns in the side of the Establishment at the time, this talk features radicals such as Thomas Paine, Harriet Martineau, Nelson and Elizabeth Fry who are now revered as national heroes.

'Defiant & Revolutionary Women'

Thursday 11 June, 6pm

Frank Meeres presents a fascinating talk on the role of women in Norwich. The history of Norwich, like all history, has very largely been written by and about men, yet women have played great roles in the city's life. This talk brings their stories alive; from women food rioters in the 16th century Market Place to heroines of all kinds in two World Wars.


'Harriet Martineau: 19th Century Radical'

Thursday 25 June, 6pm

Stuart Hobday presents an overview of the life and work of Harriet Martineau, the world's first female journalist. Born and brought up in Norwich in the first years of the 19th century, Martineau went on to become a renowned writer and campaigner on economics, politics, women's rights and religion. She was an indomitable character who caused controversy and never backed down from ideological fights, despite becoming profoundly deaf as a teenager. Stuart will look at how Norwich shaped this influential writer and argue that she should be better remembered in her home city.

Please note that The Guildhall is a Grade I listed building and unfortunately not wheelchair accessible.