Heritage pictures shine a light on Norfolk’s rich past

Norfolk�s Photographic Treasures exhibition. Pictured: Harleston public house by Peter Lange Studio.

Norfolk�s Photographic Treasures exhibition. Pictured: Harleston public house by Peter Lange Studio. Picture: Courtesy of Norfolk Heritage Centre - Credit: Courtesy of Norfolk Heritage Centre

Some of them are faded, many are black and white but they all provide an insight into the way people in Norfolk used to work, play and live.

Norfolk�s Photographic Treasures exhibition. Pictured: Thorold, Wiliam John Creeney WW1. Picture: No

Norfolk�s Photographic Treasures exhibition. Pictured: Thorold, Wiliam John Creeney WW1. Picture: Norfolk County Council - Credit: Norfolk County Council

Visitors to the Forum in Norwich had the chance to look through some of Norfolk's huge array of photographic treasures.

The Norfolk Heritage Centre, based at the Millennium Library, had on display some of the library's collection of 200,000 photographs.

Norfolk�s Photographic Treasures exhibition. Pictured: The rescued crew of the trawler 'Bonafide' of

Norfolk�s Photographic Treasures exhibition. Pictured: The rescued crew of the trawler 'Bonafide' of Lowestoft at the Sailors' Home Great Yarmouth Sailors Home. Picture: Norfolk County Council - Credit: Norfolk County Council

Chris Tracy, from the Norfolk Heritage Centre, who organised the event on Saturday, said: 'It's just to get people aware of the huge variety of what we've got inside on the second floor.

'If it's published and it's to do with Norfolk we've got it inside in the heritage centre. If people want to research their house or their family history we're here and can help them out if we can.'

Muriel Thompson and her husband Jack looking at part of the Norfolk Heritage Centre's collection of

Muriel Thompson and her husband Jack looking at part of the Norfolk Heritage Centre's collection of photographs. PIC: Peter Walsh - Credit: Archant


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Mr Tracy said it had been nice to see a range of different people attending the event.

He said: 'We've had good old Norwich boys coming in and reminiscing about the past and parents with their children saying this is what it was like in the 1990s, because it's not all vintage stuff – we've got some really up-to-date stuff as well.'

Norfolk�s Photographic Treasures exhibition. Pictured: Joe Digby by William Bolding photographer. Pi

Norfolk�s Photographic Treasures exhibition. Pictured: Joe Digby by William Bolding photographer. Picture: Norfolk County Council - Credit: Norfolk County Council

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Jack Thompson, 82, and his wife Muriel, 84, from Old Catton, were among those looking at the collection of old photos.

Mr Thompson said: 'It's brought back memories – mainly the black and white ones more than the colour ones.' Mrs Thompson said: 'It's amazing how much things have changed in some of them.'

The heritage centre has a large local studies collection of more than half a million printed volumes, maps, newspapers and photographs, with free online resources and access to the most popular Norfolk Record Office archives.

To find out more, call 01603 774740 or email Heritagecentre@norfolk.gov.uk

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