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Notice of Intent to move to a Cultural Exemption Model
Norfolk County Council announces its intent to exempt from VAT the admission charges to its museums (where applicable), and requests comments. Click here for more details.
Flock to Norwich Castle in 2014!
Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery is bringing you an exciting programme of birdy events and exhibitions during 2014. This summer Norwich Castle will host ‘The Wonder of Birds: Nature Art Culture’ (Saturday 24 May - Sunday 14 September 2014). The exhibition will combine art and natural history to explore the cultural impact of birds on humanity.
What’s On, Winter/Spring at Norwich Castle
The new What’s On leaflet with events for Winter/Spring 2014 including the British Museum Exhibition, Roman Empire: Power & People, 1 Feb – 27 April is available now. Click here>> to download a copy.
Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum now open at Norwich Castle
The reopening of the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum has been marked in spectacular style with a brass band raising the roof of the Castle Keep. The stories of soldiers who served with the Regiment are bought to life in new permanent displays in the Rotunda at the heart of Norwich Castle.
Army uniform, kit, personal letters and diaries that reflect the daily lives of soldiers in wartime and peace are on display. Visitors can also take a digital journey through the Regiment's 350 year history via an interactive timeline, opening up access to the collections and archives at the touch of a button.
Gallantry and service medals are also on display, along with details about the men who won them.
Art Masterpiece from Norwich Castle visits local School for a Day
A masterpiece from Norwich Castle by one of the country’s most eminent painters was put on show at Benjamin Britten High School, Lowestoft as part of a project to highlight some of the nation’s finest artworks.
Pupils were able to enjoy The Conjuror, painted in about 1847 by John Everett Millais, who founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood with Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Holman Hunt. The painting was accompanied by Giorgia Bottinelli (Curator of Art) and Colly Mudie (Learning Manager). The painting showed a magician performing in front of a fascinated audience.
The day was a great success with over 300 students and 40 staff viewing the masterpiece during the day. One girl commented that she had never seen a painting before. Both BBC and ITV covered the event on their local news programmes.
The event was part of the national Your Paintings: Masterpieces in Schools project which saw 27 schools throughout the country hosting famous works. The initiative was launched by BBC Learning and the Public Catalogue Foundation to help young people explore the nation’s rich and varied artistic heritage.
Gallery Closures, Norwich Castle
The Origins and Equals gallery at Norwich Castle is temporarily closed. The British Masters gallery remains open with access via the Colman Watercolour gallery and the Arts of Living gallery.
The Twinings Teapot Gallery is also closed for essential maintenance. If you require any further information on these gallery closures please call Norwich Castle on 01603 495897/493625.
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Shine a Light Project
Although there are huge numbers of objects in the museums – there is never quite enough space for everything! Some objects are delicate and can’t be on display all the time and others are large, or don’t fit in with current exhibitions. All these objects are kept in store and a large number are kept at the Superstore in Gressenhall. The Shine a Light Project seeks to unlock the potential of our fabulous reserve collections, by making them accessible to all. See the Shine a Light Project blog for more info>>
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BBC's A History of the World
Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service is the lead partner for Norfolk's contribution to the BBC's exciting project: A History of the World. Listen out for a series of programmes on Radio Norfolk centred around ten iconic objects from Norfolk museums. And look out for associated events around the County. To find out more, please click on the logo below:
Dates for your diary
Mar 13Thetford's Lost Tudor Sculptures Exhibition
Mar 14Thetford's Lost Tudor Sculptures Exhibition
Mar 14Miniature Worlds, Models and Me
Mar 14Day Workshop - A Beginner’s Guide to Norfolk’s Geology
Mar 15The Romans v. The Volcano
Mar 15Thetford's Lost Tudor Sculptures Exhibition
Mar 15Family Saturdays: How Science Can Help Us to Explain the Past
…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.