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Norfolk Museums Service gets green light from Heritage Lottery Fund to transform Norwich Castle Keep

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Norfolk Museums Service has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Norwich Castle: Gateway to Medieval England project.

An initial development grant of £462,400 will be a major boost to the multi-million pound plan to transform Norwich Castle’s iconic Keep into one of the region’s premier heritage attractions. A further £8.7 million has been earmarked towards the project and a second application for the full grant will be made at a later date.
Read more about this exciting project here

Watch a short film about the project’s vision here.

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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