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3. Men of the Norfolk Regiment First World War


Armistice: Legacy of the Great War in Norfolk

Norwich Castle is marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One with a special early opening on Remembrance Sunday. Doors will open at 11.02am on Sunday 11th November to enable visitors who have taken part in services and other events to continue their commemoration with a visit to this fascinating and moving exhibition. The museum will also be FREE to armed forces personnel and veterans.

Trevor Page Co. Norfolk Museums Service - Museum of Norwich
Trevor Page Co. Norfolk Museums Service - Museum of Norwich

Armistice; Legacy of the Great War in Norfolk, which is on until the 6th of January, is a major centenary exhibition at the Castle, exploring the breadth and depth of the impact of the First World War on Norwich and Norfolk. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the exhibition explores the physical impact on the county – coastal defences, changes in agriculture and industrial transformation – alongside the stories of communities and individuals whose lives were transformed by the War. 

The exhibition also features a collaboration by artist Paddy Hartley and a unique team of science practitioners. Papaver Rhoeas (pictured) has its own section within the exhibition, and acts as a beautiful, fragile memorial to all those who lost their lives during the terrible conflict. The poppies you see on display are made from lamb’s hearts, and are suspended in a clear liquid within hand-blown glass cases, inspired by WW1 artillery shells. As a result of the intensive tissue processing required to create each flower, each poppy will degrade over the course of the exhibition. These ephemeral artworks offer a moment of peaceful reflection within the gallery, and a vital reminder of the fragility of life and passing of time.

Papaver Rhoeas by Paddy Hartley
Papaver Rhoeas by Paddy Hartley

A fascinating events programme also accompanies the exhibition, with talks, a poetry workshop and family events inspired by the stories of loss and resilience of Norfolk communities. The exhibition and events programme bring alive the impact of the War with stories, objects, letters and art works – together they are a unique opportunity for everyone to experience how the War affected Norfolk and its people.

Tuesday Lunchtime Talks:

Our programme of Tuesday lunchtime talks continues throughout November and December, highlighting some of the more unusual and sometimes forgotten aspects of the conflict including the commemoration of women on Norfolk war memorials, the role of spies and spy stories in the County and the remarkable story of R H Mottram, bank clerk turned author whose Spanish Farm trilogy won great acclaim and is now regarded as a classic of World War One literature.

All talks: Town Close Auditorium, 12.30pm, 30-45 minutes.
Booking not required. Included in museum admission.


Armistice Exhibition Tour:

Throughout the autumn visitors can also enjoy curator-led tours of the exhibition, learning more about how the exhibition was created and looking at highlights.

Wednesdays 14, 21, 28 November, and 5, 12, 19 December, 2 – 2.45pm
Included with normal admission, no booking required.

Nick Stone Memorial Cottages Mural
Nick Stone Memorial Cottages Mural

Poetry Workshop – inspired by the Armistice exhibition:

Using themes and objects from the Castle's Armistice exhibition, participants will be able to create their own poems of remembrance, working with award-winning poet Esther Morgan. Esther's fourth collection, The Wound Register (Bloodaxe, 2018) records the impact of the conflict on her own family through four generations. 

Saturday 23 November, 10.30am – 4pm
Adult £8, concession £7.50, Museums Pass £7
Booking essential on 01603 493625 / 495897
10.30am - 12.30pm, Lunch and writing time 2 - 4pm


Patients and staff at the auxiliary hospital in Brundall Hall 1915 - By kind permission of the Brundall Local History Group Archive
Patients and staff at the auxiliary hospital in Brundall Hall 1915 - By kind permission of the Brundall Local History Group Archive

Life During the First World War:

Discover the life of an infantry soldier during the First World War in this day-long family-friendly event. Meet costumed characters from the Royal Norfolk Regiment Living History Group and take part in a drill with the drill sergeant.

Saturday 24 November, 10.30am – 3.30pm
Included with normal admission, no booking required.


Christmas Holidays - Peace: Street Party 1918:

This Christmas Holiday, visitors are invited to soak up the jubilant atmosphere of the long awaited Armistice in 1918. Family-friendly activities include making origami symbols of peace, trying your hand at embroidery, tackling our museum trail, hearing stories of the First World War in Norfolk and enjoying our Peace street party in the Castle Keep. There’ll be lots to enjoy in this unusual Christmas celebration.

Included with museum admission, no booking required. 
From Wednesday 19 December 2018 – Wednesday 2 January 2019 (except Sundays), 10.30am – 3.30pm.
All activities included with normal admission, no booking required. Please note that this programme will not run on Sundays 23 and 30 December. Norwich Castle Museum will also be closed on 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January.



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