Museum shows it’s on the ball with exhibition celebrating Norwich City

Katie Phillips, events trainee at Norwich Museums, with a football from the 1970s in the History of Norwich City Football Club exhibition at the Bridewell Museum. Picture: Denise Bradley Katie Phillips, events trainee at Norwich Museums, with a football from the 1970s in the History of Norwich City Football Club exhibition at the Bridewell Museum. Picture: Denise Bradley

Monday, May 26, 2014
1:27 PM

Newly-appointed Norwich City manager Neil Adams will be looking to the future.

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Katie Phillips, events trainee at Norwich Museums, with an early 20th century football boot, from the History of Norwich City Football Club exhibition at the Bridewell Museum. Picture: Denise BradleyKatie Phillips, events trainee at Norwich Museums, with an early 20th century football boot, from the History of Norwich City Football Club exhibition at the Bridewell Museum. Picture: Denise Bradley

But it is the club’s colourful past that is in the spotlight for visitors to a city museum.

Relegation from English football’s top tier is still be at the forefront of most fans’ minds as we enter a World Cup summer, but they will be able to lift themselves by remembering City’s former glories at the Bridewell Museum, which is celebrating the history of the club.

The story of Norwich City Football Club, from its early days at the Nest, through to playing top flight football, its Milk Cup success, European adventure in 1990s and recent rise back to the Premier League under former boss Paul Lambert is being told at the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell.

This half term the club is being celebrated in a series of family friendly talks and activities – which will be kicked off by Canaries legend Darren Huckerby tomorrow at 2pm.

Katie Phillips, events trainee at Norwich Museums, with the Captain Canary mascot from the History of Norwich City Football Club exhibition at the Bridewell Museum. Picture: Denise BradleyKatie Phillips, events trainee at Norwich Museums, with the Captain Canary mascot from the History of Norwich City Football Club exhibition at the Bridewell Museum. Picture: Denise Bradley

Other talks will focus on the history of the club, from a personal point of view.

Steve Arber, descendant of club founder Robert Webster, will be talking about his family connection with the club while avid fan Sam Jinks has been at Carrow Road interviewing Canaries fans all season to find out what Norwich City means to them.

There will be a trail of tiny Subbuteo footballers hidden around the galleries, a pub quiz in the recreated ‘Vine Bar’ and other crafts with a canary theme.

The museum even displays a model of ‘The Nest’ where Norwich City played from 1908 to 1935, complete with the much-loved sounds of the club’s famous anthem On the Ball City – thought to be the oldest enduring football song.

The museum will also have a life-sized model of Captain Canary, the club mascot, that the youngsters can be photographed next to throughout the holiday.

Steve Miller, head of Norfolk Museums Service, said: “Norwich City can rightly be proud of its incredible footballing heritage, its famously loyal following and its place in the hearts of footballing fans across the nation.”

Talks and activities are free with museum admission. Talks must be booked in advance on 01603 629127.

Do you have a story about Norwich City’s history? Email peter.walsh@archant.co.uk

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