Recreated 1930s pub set to be a highlight at the revamped Bridewell Museum in Norwich

A recreated 1930s Norwich pub will be among the star attractions when the Bridewell Museum reopens next month after a �1.5m revamp.

More details about the new museum emerged at a lunchtime talk held as part of the City of Ale event, a 10-day celebration of pubs and breweries in Norwich, which started on Thursday and runs until Sunday, June 10.

Throughout the festival Fusion at the Forum is showing films on its big screen about Norwich's pub and brewing heritage, and holding lunch-time talks about our heritage.

Yesterday'stalk gave people a chance to view items relating to the pub and brewery trade from the Bridewell Museum's collection.

The items on show were those that have not made the cut at the new museum and included brewery taps, thermometers, items to make beer barrels, and brewery signs.


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These were fascinating in themselves and gave an insight into the breweries that dominated Norwich before they closed in the 1960s and 1970s. Nearly all the items were donated to the museum when the breweries were closing down, project curator Hannah Henderson said.

Fellow curator Ruth Burwood also gave visitors an idea of what to expect from the new Bridewell museum when it opens on July 3.

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She said: 'Included in the museum will be a very small pub recreation of the Vine bar from the mid-1930s. 'Visitors will be able to see what it looked like and what it sounded like with the voices of people chatting on tape in the background. People will also be able to play pub games from that era.

'The gallery where it will be housed is all about how people lived at the beginning of the 20th century. It will include reminiscences by Ethel George, a lady who lived near Barrack Street, who died recently. She was an inspirational person, the 17th child in her family, and she talks about her father going to the pub after a day at work.'

Visitors to Fusion during the City of Ale event can also find out more about the city's pub and brewing heritage on several display boards.

These include maps of the pubs in Norwich in the late 19th century and tell how 140 city pubs were either damaged or destroyed in the second world war.

The new Bridewell museum aims to celebrate the city through the years, with stories about people, rather than processes, playing a crucial role.

The work, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, began in April 2010 and includes a new accessible entrance. The opening date was delayed until this summer partly due to contractual issues and asbestos being discovered on site.

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