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New exhibition at Time & Tide Museum

29 March - 2 November 2014

Super Models: Some Assembly Required

Model of a Great Weston Railway Locomotive Copyright Bressingham Steam Museum
Super Models is an exhibition exploring the world of models and model making from a personal and professional perspective. You can see everything from model boats to natural history sculptures, and even follow our model men trail.

Alongside art works from museum and private collections, Super Models proudly presents characters from ‘One Million Years B.C’ and ‘Wallace and Gromit - The Curse of the Were-Rabbit’.

The Blaschka Models that appear in the exhibition are at the junction between science and art. They are delicate models of sea creatures. They have been specially restored for the exhibition and this will be the first time they are seen on display in Norfolk all together.

This exhibition brings together models of shapes, sizes and ages. Delight at the craftsmanship and the detail and explore the scale world of modelling.

Beat the queues! Book your advance tickets for The Wonder of Birds

The Wonder of Birds
Norwich Castle
24 May - 14 September 2014

Tickets for our fantastic summer exhibition The Wonder of Birds are on sale now! Book in advance to bypass the queues and claim £1.50 off your copy of the beautiful publication which accompanies the show.

Click here to book or phone 01603 598626.

The exhibition (Saturday 24 May – Sunday 14 September 2014) will combine art and natural history to explore the cultural impact of birds on humanity.

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What’s On, Winter/Spring at Norwich Castle

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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.

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.

Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum now open at Norwich Castle

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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

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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.

Shine a Light Project

This is an imageAlthough 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:

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…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.