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Gallery closure 24 August 2015

The Boudicca Gallery at Norwich Castle will be closed the afternoon of Monday 24 August to prepare loans to the upcoming blockbuster exhibition, 'Celts: Art and Identity' at the British Museum. Norwich Castle will be lending some of Norfolk's Snettisham material and in return we will be borrowing the fantastic and beautiful Ipswich Torcs, a hoard of 6 gold torcs found in 1969/70. See them here in Norwich from Tuesday 25. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

ARTIST ROOMS: Jeff Koons, 9 May to 6 September 2015
Less than a month left to see the show!

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Jeff Koons is widely regarded as one of the most important, influential, popular and controversial artists of our time. He is famous for iconic works such as Puppy, a forty foot sculpture which stands outside the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

The exhibition was featured in CNN’s list of top 19 events ‘worth travelling for in 2015’ and will be the only chance to see Jeff Koons’ work in the UK this year, including some of his best known pieces such as Winter Bears, 1988.

Here’s what visitors are saying about the show:

‘Amazing, never seen anything like it! The detail that has been put into it is astonishing’

‘Joyful art executed with great skill’

‘Thought provoking and inspiring… nothing is what it seems!’

To find out more about tickets and opening times please click here.

Jeff Koons ARTIST ROOMS On Tour is a partnership with Arts Council England and the Art Fund, making available the ARTIST ROOMS collection to galleries throughout the UK.

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Humans in Ancient Britain
13 June - 6 September 2015 at Time and Tide Museum

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Following the success of the Natural History Museum’s recent blockbuster exhibition, 'Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story', Norfolk Museums Service has teamed up with the Natural History Museum to bring an exhibition of some of Britain’s most important early human artefacts to Norfolk.

The story of humans in Britain stretches back nearly one million years. Uniquely, Norfolk is the only county in Britain where evidence of at least four different human species has been discovered.

See a cutting edge 3D print-out of the famous ‘Happisburgh Footprints’ made by a group of humans on the North Norfolk Coast nearly one million years ago, never before exhibited parts of the largest mammoth skeleton ever discovered – the ‘West Runton Mammoth’, the most accurate reconstructions ever made of the four different species of human that lived in Norfolk and the ‘Boxgrove tibia’ – at half a million years old, the oldest human remains ever discovered in Britain!

To find out about related events click here, for opening times please click here

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What's On at the Norwich Museums for Summer 2015

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The latest What's On guide is now available. Find out about all the events at the Norwich Museums for Summer 2015, including Norwich Castle's much anticipated exhibition 'ARTIST ROOMS: Jeff Koons' which runs 9 May to 6 September 2015. Click here to download a copy.

Olive Edis archive – funding confirmed

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We're extremely happy to announce this news!

Thanks to generous support from the Heritage Lottery Fund the work of a true photography pioneer will be available to view as never before.

Olive Edis was appointed an official war artist in 1918 with a special focus on the roles of women.

She photographed famous (including royalty) and non-famous alike, with some of her most striking images those of local Norfolk fishermen

This support will go towards realising an exciting plan at the site of the biggest collection of her work, Cromer Museum.

A digital archive will be created bringing together her work from various collections including the National Portrait Gallery, as well as giving visitors the chance to try out her techniques for themselves, you can read more about it here.

Keep up to date with the latest news for the plans at Cromer Museum on Facebook or Twitter

#ILoveMuseums – do you?

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I Love Museums is a new campaign led by the National Museum Director’s Council to demonstrate the depth of support for UK museums – last year alone there were 66.8 million visits to the national and major regional museums within NMDC’s membership!

Museums are facing challenging times, I Love Museums will show funders and policymakers how much museums matter by celebrating the UK public’s support.

Get involved by sharing your ‘#ILoveMuseums because…’ story on social media * following I Love Museums on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and registering your support on their website.

Voices from the Workhouse

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There are big changes happening at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse.

“Voices from the Workhouse” is a three-year Heritage Lottery Fund project which will transform the museum displays telling the real stories of the people who lived and worked in the workhouse.

Using original accounts, amazing collections and the beautiful building, this project will explore these stories and find out why they are still important today. For the first time it will also examine life at Gressenhall in the 20th century when it became an old people’s home.

For all the latest news and project updates, please visit the Voices from the Workhouse webpage.

…I would say that Norfolk Museums Service is one of the best county museum services in the country and it’s doing a great service to the people and visitors of Norfolk.

I am absolutely thrilled. I could never in a thousand years imagine that I could be fortunate enough to find a fossil and have it identified.