The Norwich Society

About us


The Norwich Society additionally works closely with other community groups and is currently participating in consultations including the East Norwich Masterplan and the Transport..

Civic Voice

The Norwich Society is a member of Civic Voice - the national body of civic societies which aims to make places more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive and promote civic pride. Civic Voice helps give local groups a national voice through lobbying, speaking out in the media, undertaking research and building partnerships; combining community action with sense of place for the benefit of everyone.

Representative: Michael Jordan

Design and Craftsmanship Awards

Since 2019, The Norwich Society has joined with The Norfolk Association of Architects and Civic Voice to organise the Design and Craftsmanship Awards - biennial awards inspired by previous schemes run by the organisers such as our Design Awards. The DCAs aim to celebrate outstanding architecture in Norfolk across Housing, Non-Residential, Conservation, Community and Student categories.

Representatives: Jon Boon, Mary Ash and the Society’s Chief Administrative Officer.

Norwich Heritage Alliance

The Norwich Heritage Alliance was set up in 2017 as a legacy of Norwich HEART (Heritage, Economic and Regeneration Trust). The group is formed from organisations with an interest in Norwich’s heritage as a networking and collaborative way to raise awareness of Norwich’s cultural offering.

Representative: Vanessa Trevelyan

Norwich Preservation Trust

The Norwich Preservation Trust was formed in the 1960s as a joint venture between Norwich City Council and The Norwich Society with the primary purpose to preserve and restore historic buildings in the city. It regards itself as a ‘restorer of last resort’ and often takes on commercially non-viable projects with properties owned by the City Council. The Trust has saved buildings including Augustine Steward House in Tombland, a 16th Century Merchant’s House in Fye Bridge Street, and most recently a historic house on Elm Hill.

Representatives: Member of Building Conservation Committee

Heritage at Risk

The Heritage at Risk project reviews and monitors the condition of critical buildings in the city which are considered to be ‘at risk’ due to their poor condition or long-term empty status. It aims to work proactively with building owners to try and bring identified buildings back into use or into a good state of repair. The meetings are chaired by the City Council and have representatives from The Norwich Society and others concerned with the heritage of the city.

Representative: Member of Building Conservation Committee

River Wensum Strategy Board

After extensive public consultation, this strategy was launched in 2018. Led by Norwich City Council, it’s a joint project with the Broads Authority, Norfolk County Council, the Environment Agency, Norfolk Wildlife Trust, The Norwich Society and other interested partners. The strategy’s vision is to enhance the natural and historic environment of the River Wensum, as well as increasing access and use for the benefit of all and to strengthen the city’s growth, vitality, investment attraction and visitor economy.

Representative: Alan Theobald

Mousehold Heath Conservators

Norwich City Council owns Mousehold Heath, the city’s largest open space, but responsibility for its management rests with the Mousehold Heath Conservators. The Society has the right to appoint one of the twelve conservators.

Representative: Willem Buttinger