Saturday, 28 November 2015

Researching Norwich: recommended reading

Researching the north of Norwich is a key part of the Magdalen Walks project. Here are some initial thoughts about where you might start. There will be lots more to come as the project progresses. 

Whenever someone asks me what books I can recommend to help them gain a better understanding of Norwich's history & archaeology, there are two key works I refer them to. 



Firstly, there is the excellent survey, 'The Story of Norwich', written by Norfolk Record Office archivist, Frank Meeres. It is an accessible and well-organised work that provides a good overview of the city's development from an archival perspective ie one focused on what historical documents can tell us



Secondly, Brian Ayers', 'Norwich: archaeology of a city', provides a great overview of the city from an archaeological perspective. Brian is the former Norfolk County Archaeologist and is, therefore, in an excellent position to offer rigorous and comprehensive insights. 

If you are intending to learn more about your city get your hands on a copy of each of these. In the first instance, why not go to your local library and borrow a copy. Having read it, you might well decide to invest on your own personal copy. 

Finally, I wish to add that, over the years, Brian and Frank have been amazing ambassadors for Norwich's history and archaeology.  Not only do they give of themselves generously in terms of talks and walks; they are also very approachable and prepared to answer questions and listen to different perspectives. I feel very strongly that we should recognise the value and contribution of experts like them. They have certainly helped me in my learning journey and I am duly grateful to them
both for that. 

Colin



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