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Museums at Night, Friday 13 and Saturday 14 May
Fun, Free Events at a Museum Near You!

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Friday 13 May

Great Yarmouth Museums, 6-10pm. Join us at Time & Tide for rockabilly tunes from The Bonneville 58s; outwit pirates at the Tolhouse and steal their treasure; then head to Elizabethan House for Tudor characters and crafts.

Lynn Museum, 5-7pm, See the museum as never before at this secret-cinema-style event, culminating in a special film screening of Cathead, made by Lynn Museum Youth Forum, and inspired by one of our most beloved objects. Booking essential, tel. 01553 775001.

Saturday 14 May

Norwich Castle, 5-10pm, Jousting knights, dancing damsels and medieval craftspeople compete for your attention in this action-packed family evening.  Don't miss the fiery finale! View more information here.

Cromer Museum, 8.30, 9.45 & 11pm, A night of murder and intrigue by torch light! Professor Cecil Hunter has gone missing before his lecture; - meet costumed characters and discover clues around the town as you investigate his terrible fate, and solve the mystery of this murder most foul.  Booking essential, tel. 01263 513543.

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.

Norfolk Museums 2016 leaflet now available

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Discover all ten museums in one booklet - plus events and exhibitions to look out for this year.

All aboard The History Train! – announcing the arrival of British Art Show 8

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On Saturday 18 June Norwich will experience a unique occasion as the British Art Show 8 arrives in the city. Six horse drawn carts will form ‘The History Train’, processing through the city’s streets as they ceremonially deliver the art works to each venue in a specially commissioned piece devised by leading contemporary artist Alan Kane. Find out more here.

British Art Show 8

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For the first time in its history the country’s most prestigious contemporary art exhibition, British Art Show 8, is coming to East Anglia. Hosted by Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich University of the Arts and the Forum, British Art Show 8 will feature over 100 works by 42 established and emerging contemporary artists. Find out more here.

#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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