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Norwich HEART announces new ‘Rebels & Innovators’ lecture series

Monday, 23rd March 2015

Norwich’s Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART) is launching 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.   

HEART has teamed up with three local heritage experts to deliver the lectures; Michael Loveday, Frank Meeres and Stuart Hobday. Each lecture starts at 6pm at The Guildhall on Gaol Hill in Norwich and is expected to last for around an hour.

 The series will feature:

‘Dangerous Radicals - Norwich’s Anarchic Characters’

Thursday 7 May, 6pm in Caley’s Cocoa Café

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 in Caley’s Cocoa Café

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 in Caley's Cocoa Café

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.


HEART’s Project Development Officer, Madeleine Coupe said: “HEART’s new lecture series promises to reveal lots of fascinating information about some of Norwich’s most defiant rebels and influential pioneers. We think visitors will really enjoy learning about these local revolutionaries and how they helped shape Norwich, Norfolk and the world.”

Tickets are £5 per person and booking is essential via

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

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