Photo gallery: Norwich library is taken back to the 1940s

Mel Coe from Swing Tonic, and Matt Nunn from Swing City, lead visitors to the Millennium Library in swing dance as part of the Back in Time event. Picture: Denise Bradley Mel Coe from Swing Tonic, and Matt Nunn from Swing City, lead visitors to the Millennium Library in swing dance as part of the Back in Time event. Picture: Denise Bradley

Sunday, October 7, 2012
3:31 PM

The modern surroundings of the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library were taken back in time on Saturday.

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Visitors to the library, in The Forum, found themselves transported back to an era when hemlines were below the knee, hair was Brylcreemed and ‘make do and mend’ was the message.

The Back in Time event was held between 9.30am and 5pm as part of the Norfolk Celebrates Age programme of events and the Norfolk’s American Connections project.

Free activities and entertainment with a 1940s and 1950s theme were the order of the day, including vintage hair and beauty makeovers in the morning and a tea dance at midday.

There were also displays of photographs and clothing from the era, a ‘make do and mend’ craft demonstration and screenings of Welcome to Britain, a film made for American servicemen newly arrived in Britain and designed to explain the ‘curious manners and customs of the natives’, in the meeting room of the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library.

Norfolk Celebrates Age is a programme of events that is taking place between September and October and is being led by Norfolk County Council’s library service. It aims to promote active living into older age and show the achievements and contributions made by older people in the county.

There are still several events and activities to come as part of the programme, go to www.norfolkcelebratesage.wordpress.com for more information and go to www.norfolksamericanconnections.com for more information about Norfolk’s American Connections events.

1 comment

  • pity the library is the most used in the UK as all the best books are always on loan.

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    bookworm

    Sunday, October 7, 2012



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