The Norwich Society

Resources Doing your own research

Doing your own research?

Here are several key sources of information about historic Norwich. Please let us know of other useful resources.

Norfolk Heritage Explorer

Norfolk Heritage Explorer is the definitive database of the county's archaeological sites and historic buildings. It contains over 60,000 records describing the archaeology of Norfolk from the earliest evidence for human occupation from 750,000 BC up to the present day.

On this website you can:

· Search their database for archaeological sites, by archaeological period or by using your postcode
· Browse digital maps of the county's archaeological remains and historic buildings
· Read archaeological summaries of every parish in the county
· Study specially prepared thematic articles on aspects of the county's heritage
· View online galleries of artworks inspired by the historic environment
· Learn how to undertake research and fieldwork of your own
· Download teaching resources and instructions for craft activities
· Follow guided heritage walks and find interesting places to visit

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Historic England

Historic England holds nearly 400,000 of the most important historic places in England are listed including buildings, battlefields, monuments, parks, gardens, shipwrecks and more.

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Norfolk Record Office

Norfolk Record Office holds millions of documents ranging in date from the eleventh century to the twenty-first and relate to every town and parish in Norfolk. Among them are royal charters, title deeds, manorial court rolls, registers, accounts, minute books, correspondence, diaries, maps, architectural and other drawings, photographs, music, music and oral histories.

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Norfolk Heritage Centre

Norfolk Heritage Centre in the Millennium Library is the perfect place to begin your local, family or house history research. There is a large local studies collection of more than half a million printed volumes, maps, newspapers and photographs with free online resources and access to the most popular Norfolk Record Office archives. There are microform readers (and reader-printers) and PCs with access to the internet and all the subscriptions Norfolk Library and Information Service offers for free, including Find My Past and the British Newspaper Archive.

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George Plunkett's Photographs of Old Norwich and Norfolk

George Plunkett took photographs between 1931 and 2006, during which Norwich changed through slum clearance, the blitz and redevelopment.

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Picture Norfolk

Picture Norfolk has over 20,000 local photographs, prints and paintings of Norfolk life and history, showing Norfolk places, people and events from the past 200 years.

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Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service

Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service has collections relating to Norwich and Norfolk history.

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