Interactive history lessons made Remembrance weekend come alive in Norwich

Life during the First World War event at Norwich Castle. Royal Norfolk Regiment Living History Group

Life during the First World War event at Norwich Castle. Royal Norfolk Regiment Living History Group members Darren Porter, left, and Nigel Abram showing Noah Coombes, 8, from Horstead an 1899 Maxim machine gun.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

History came alive over the weekend as visitors to Norwich Castle were transported back 100 years, to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

Life during the First World War event at Norwich Castle. Making a poppy wreath,Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Life during the First World War event at Norwich Castle. Making a poppy wreath,Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Looking at what life would have been like in the trenches, and back home in Norfolk, The Royal Norfolk Regiment Living History Group gave a fascinating insight through uniforms, guns and other objects used by Norfolk soldiers and talking about what life was like at the time.

Alongside the geoup, a highlight of the day was the chance to look at the unique casualty book, which gives details of injuries and illnesses of 15,000 Norfolk Regiment soldiers, from shell-shock to gun-shot wounds and dysentery to influenza.

Fully indexed by name it is the only record of its kind and of great value to those working on their family tree and social and military historians. Visitors were also be able to make a poppy wreath to take home and visit the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum displays in the Castle to coincide with Armistice weekend.

At the displays attractions included changing sketches of the trenches by a Great War soldier into 3D models with the push of a button, listening to moving letters from men fighting at the front and discovering the range of places around the world in which the county regiment served.

Life during the First World War event at Norwich Castle. Visitors got the chance to look at a Casual

Life during the First World War event at Norwich Castle. Visitors got the chance to look at a Casualty Book of Norfolk Regiment soldiers.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant


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The centenary of the Battle of the Somme is also commemorated in new displays in the rotunda, showing until March 2017.

The special event day was only part of Norfolk Museums Service's involvement in Remembrance activities this year – members of staff have also been leading on the conservation of the Norwich Roll of Honour, commemorating the 3,544 men from the City whose lives were lost during the First World War.

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The Roll of Honour was formally opened at its new location in City Hall on Armistice Day itself, Friday, November 11.

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