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TALK Manifestations of Madness at the Norfolk Asylum by Julie Jakeway

  • Thu 25 Apr 2024
  • Open to all
  • The Forum, Millennium Plain, NR2 1TF
  • 10:30 am
  • £8.00 non-members / £4.00 members

A look at life within Norfolk County Lunatic Asylum in the years 1851 - 1870, including case studies of women whose lives, through poverty, debility, and physical exhaustion, brought them to the asylum for a period of refuge.


Julie Jakeway was educated at Carew School, Ealing. An MA in local history from Leicester University stimulated her interest in Victorian asylums, her dissertation being on the subject of Norfolk Asylum. Her subsequent research into the personal histories of many of the patients led to the publication of her book, Manifestations of Madness.

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TALK Balloon Mania in Norwich 1784-1840 by Ian Smith

  • Thu 23 May 2024
  • Open to all
  • The Forum, Millennium Plain, NR2 1TF
  • 10:30 am
  • £8.00 non-members / £4.00 members

The appearance in Norwich from 1784 of balloons filled with hot-air, later with hydrogen and much later with coal gas was greeted with growing enthusiasm among the population which quickly developed into ‘balloon mania’. This talk will examine the impact of balloon mania on city life and how these early balloon ascents rarely went smoothly. It will identify some of the worst mishaps and also look at how hoaxers took advantage of the often-credulous population

Since completing a post-retirement BA and MA at the UEA, Ian Smith has pursued his special interest in Georgian Norwich.

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TOUR and TALK Waterloo Park and its Archives

  • Tue 4 Jun 2024
  • Open to all
  • Waterloo Park, Angel Road, Norwich, NR3 3HX
  • 2:00 pm
  • £18.00 non-members / £16.00 members

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A tour of waterloo Park followed by a talk centred around the history of Norwich's Waterloo Park, from it's inception in the 1890s to its restoration in the 21st century, using maps, original documents, newspaper articles, and photographs held by the Friends of Waterloo Park, the Norfolk Record office, and other organisations in the county.

Meet outside the café in the park. 

Talk and tea and cake in the café.

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WALKING TOUR Exploring Beccles past and present

  • Sat 13 Jul 2024
  • Open to all
  • Starting from Blyburgate car park, Beccles, NR34 9TF
  • 2:00 pm
  • £18.00 non-members / £16.00 members

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A guided walk in the historic market town of Beccles with local historian and town councillor Dr Barry Darch.

Includes tea and cake.

Starting from Blyburgate car park, Beccles, NR34 9TF and finishing at St Michael’s Church for tea and cake

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