Our Aims...

The purposes of the group are to:-

1. Learn collaboratively about the history, heritage, archaeology, architecture, people and environment of Norwich
2. Develop resources and activities that contribute to the wider community’s understanding of history and archaeology
3. Develop activities that enhance/maintain the wellbeing and emotional resilience of club members
4. Be actively inclusive - open, accessible and welcoming to all
5. Represent the area’s heritage and residents by publicizing, commenting and co-ordinating responses on planning, transportation and other proposed changes for the area.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Magdalen Walks: 'Passing on the Craft - Stonemasonry in North Norwich' with Colin Howey

In this film, Colin gives us a glimpse of a very special project that is building within St. Clements Church, Colegate. The Guild of St Stephen & St George are training the next generation of stonemasons. There’s more to this than meets the eye!

For details about Colin's walk on October 8th, see below:

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Magdalen Walks: 'Walking with Strong Women' - Susan Kyd

In this film Sue shares her love of Magdalen Street and her sense of connection with the people who’ve walked it, including her grandparents, who she discovers have a very special connection with St. Saviours Lane. For details about Susan's tour on October 8th, see below:

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Magdalen Walks: 'The Nature of the North City' with Ernie Woodrow

In this film Ernie shares his love of nature and why it’s important to him. It’s amazing what you can see in green spaces around Magdalen Street – it’s all about knowing where to look...

For details about Ernie's walk on October 8th please see below:

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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Magdalen Walks: 'Your Money or Your Life' with Stuart McLaren

In his film, Stuart whets our appetite about a tale of civil war, slavery, religious strife, highwaymen and worsted weaving: the woeful tale of Mr Bryant Lewis, 'barbarously murdered upon ye heath at Thetford in 1698'. 

For details about Stuart's talk in St George's Church on Saturday 13th please see below:

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Magdalen Walks: 'Viking Norwich - the defences and heart of Northwic'

In this short film Magdalen Walks member, Trevor Nuthall, gives us a glimpse of the 'hidden' history of Viking Norwich. If you wish to learn more, follow the Magdalen Walks blog and keep an eye out for dates when Trevor will be offering this walk to the public.

For details about Trevor's walk on October 8th see below:

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Magdalen Walks - 'Colegate's Architecture through the Ages' with Andrew Eeles

Magdalen Walks, a group that meets to build and give local walks, has made a series of 6 films based around Magdalen Street in Norwich. Each one has been made by a different person and each shares with us something special that they have noticed about the area. 

In this film Andrew gives us a glimpse into his world, one of wandering down hidden passages and noticing the often missed detail on buildings. What does it reveal about the people that lived there?

For details about Andrew's walk on October 8th see below:

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Friday, 16 September 2016

Textile Manufacturing in and around Georgian Colegate

Dear Magdalen Walkers,

The congregation at St George’s Colegate, Norwich, are delighted to host a talk on 'Textile Manufacturing in and around Georgian Colegate’ by Dr Michael Nix on Saturday 22nd October at 6pm, followed by drinks.

The fine medieval church of St George's Colegate is a celebration of the weavers and manufacturers who created the wealth to help build and shape it over the centuries. The recent renovation work on its exceptional Georgian interior is in turn being celebrated by a talk given by Dr Michael Nix at the church on 22 October at 6pm, followed by drinks. The talk will focus on various aspects of the trade: from the merchant-manufacturers who produced fabrics sent all over the world including South America and China; to woolcombers and yarn-makers and the factors who dealt in wool, worsted, cotton and silk; to dyers whose skills in using rich, vibrant dyes transformed natural coloured yarns and cloth into articles desired by customers. Amongst those discussed will be the Anglican merchant-manufacturer John Tuthill, whose monument can be seen in the church, the Quaker John Lindoe who had commercial connections in north America; the Unitarian wool and yarn factor John Taylor whose wife Susannah was at the centre of the community's intellectual life, and the Anglican Michael Stark, noted for his scientific talents and the father of the Norwich School artist James Stark.

Dr Michael Nix, formerly Research Manager Textiles and Technology, Glasgow Museums, will be drawing on his recent studies of the production of Norwich Stuffs  and the complicated international trade based upon these between 1750 and 1820; he has added to earlier scholarly literature with a wealth of new information, including that gathered during his recent study visit to the Winterthur museum in Delaware, US.

Any queries to Catherine Waddams (c.waddams@uea.ac.uk).

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Viking Norwich - the defences and heart of Northwic'

In this short film Magdalen Walks member, Trevor Nuthall, gives us a glimpse of the 'hidden' history of Viking Norwich. If you wish to learn more, Trevor will be offering a tour of Viking Norwich on the day of the Magdalen Festival on Saturday 8th October (time and assembly point to be confirmed). 

Our thanks go to photographer and writer, Nick Stone, for agreeing to let the Magdalen Walks project share his images of North Norwich. Please explore his website here:
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