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An audience with best-selling children’s author Cressida Cowell

Norwich Castle has joined forces with Norfolk Libraries to celebrate National Libraries Day on Saturday 6 February.

Author Cressida Cowell will be at Norwich Castle from 10.30am to lead the big Norfolk storytime, when libraries across the county will read her best-selling book How to Train Your Dragon. It also marks the launch of the A Viking’s Guide to Deadly Dragons exhibition at the Castle Saturday 6 February – Monday 30 May.

Join Cressida to find out all about her inspirations and ideas, enjoy a special reading, a fascinating talk, and a book signing in Norwich Castle auditorium.

Tickets for the Norwich Castle event cost £10 per adult and £8 per child. Suitable for children age 7 – 11. Tickets are limited (to book, call 01603 495897/493625).

Can’t make it to the event at the Castle? Find out which libraries are participating here.

Help crown Gressenhall’s Rachel Duffield a national tourism superstar!

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Under the guise of ‘Moaning Martha’, a fictional inmate at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Rachel’s been entertaining and informing visitors for the past seven years.

We’re delighted to announce that her efforts have been recognised nationally as she’s been shortlisted for Visit England and the Daily Mirror’s #TourismSuperstar award. To win it she really needs your support – it only takes a moment to vote here.

Discover more about Rachel’s role by visiting the Gressenhall page or following on Twitter @GressenhallFW and @Moaning_Martha.

Winter and Spring What’s On brochure – Out Now!

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The much anticipated What’s On leaflet for Norwich Museums is out now! Click here or on the image to download your copy, for the low-down on our new, exciting exhibition, A Viking’s Guide to Deadly Dragons as well as holiday activities, Tuesday Talks and lots, lots more!

To keep abreast of events at all the museums, sign up to our regular e-bulletins here.

And the winner is… Ancient House!

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Ancient House Museum in Thetford was recently named the winner of the EDP Visit Norfolk Tourism Awards’ ‘Best Visitor Attraction’ in the under 50,000 category – huge congratulations to the whole team.

If you haven’t visited the museum before you can find out all about it here including their new exhibition ‘Flint Rocks!’

#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.

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

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.

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