Free visits to Norwich museums thanks to the Freemen of Norwich

Strangers' Hall in Norwich.
Photo: Denise Bradley

Strangers' Hall in Norwich. Photo: Denise Bradley - Credit: �Archant Photographic 2010

Visitors can enjoy two Norwich museums for free later this month thanks to the Freemen of Norwich.

The Freemen of Norwich 700th anniversary logo.
Image: Phil O'Farrell

The Freemen of Norwich 700th anniversary logo. Image: Phil O'Farrell - Credit: Phil O'Farrell

The freemen are funding free admission days at Strangers' Hall and the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell as part of celebrations marking 700 years since the first freeman name was recorded.

In centuries past the Freemen of Norwich governed the city, and although their ancient privileges are gone, the title and its associated Norwich Town Close Estate Charity survive.

Nigel Back, chairman of the freemen's committee, said: 'Norwich has a great and proud history and we are keen to encourage the public to find out more about the city - and the freemen - by visiting its wonderful museums for free.'

Entry to Strangers' Hall is free from July 26 to 28 and August 2 to 4 from 10am to 4pm and on July 30 and August 6 from 1pm to 4.30pm. Entry to Museum of Norwich is free from July 25 to 29 and August 1 to 5 from 10am until 4.30pm.

Other events marking the 700th anniversary include a Freemen of Norwich float taking part in the Lord Mayor's Procession on Saturday and free performances of Come Yew In! by The Common Lot in Castle Garden during the Lord Mayor's Celebration weekend. Another highlight will be The Great Feast at St Andrew's Hall on September 29.

For more information, visit and follow @Norwich_Freemen on Twitter.

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