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Norwich Castle

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

One of Norwich’s most famous landmarks, Norwich Castle was built by the Normans as a Royal Palace 900 years ago. Explore the Castle's history as a palace and later as a prison, and enjoy our fabulous collections of fine art, archaeology, and natural history as well as the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum collections.

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For more information, please contact our friendly museum staff on 01603 493625 or email

Build Your Own: Tools for Sharing
3 October – 3 January 2016

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Come and see how we can repair our cities, how your home could become a workshop, or your garden controlled by robots and watch as prosthetics limbs made with 3D printers are distributed across the globe.

Many craft traditions were developed by communities working with local materials, sharing skills, creating tools and improving their environment. Build Your Own highlights how the same ideas are developing with new technology.

This innovative exhibition features newly commissioned work by leading makers, creative technologists and collectives including Rachel Rayns with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Will Shannon and Assemble and Linda Brothwell.

A Crafts Council and FACT exhibition, in association with Norfolk Museums Service.

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Norwich Castle Autumn & Winter What's On

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Get your Autumn and Winter visit to the Castle in your diary now. Click here for our Autumn & Winter 2015 What's On, covering events in the Norwich Museums from September 2015 to January 2016.





New Edith Cavell Display now open

Edith Cavell by Raymond Lynde, see the portrait in the new displays

Come and see our new display dedicated to local heroine Edith Cavell, the British nurse executed 100 years ago for helping British and Allied troops escape from occupied Belgium.

See the display in the rotunda, included with normal admission.


British Museum Spotlight Tour: The Lacock Cup
Norwich Castle Keep
Saturday 5 September 2015 – Sunday 10 January 2016

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We are extremely privileged to have been chosen by the British Museum to show The Lacock Cup, an incredibly rare survivor from the Middle Ages. Made in the fifteenth century it was designed for drinking wine at a nobleman’s table, before becoming used as a Protestant communion cup at St. Cyriac’s church in Lacock, Wiltshire. It is one of very few surviving pre-Reformation English cups known to us.

Visit Norwich Castle Keep to see this exceptionally rare piece of secular silver alongside two examples from Norfolk Museums Service’s own collection; a cup made in Ghent by Jan van Hauweghem in 1532 which was later given to Hethel church where it was used for communion until the early twentieth century and a second, more ornate cup, made in 1635-6 before being donated to Beeston St Lawrence church.

Find out more about The Lacock Cup by attending our curator talks in the Lecture Theatre, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery:

Tuesday 8 September, 12.30 – 1pm
The Lacock Cup and Aristocratic Objects
Dr Tim Pestell, Senior Curator of Archaeology, Norfolk Museums Service

Tuesday 15 December, 12.30 – 1pm
The Lacock Cup and its Survival
Lloyd de Beer, Curator, Late Medieval Collections, The British Museum

The British Museum’s National Programmes are generously supported by the John Ellerman Foundation

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The watercolour gallery is amazing, the colours are so fresh. For someone living in Manchester I did not realise what an extensive collection of pictures you have.