Norwich Castle Museum Norwich
History of Norwich Castle – From around 1067 the Normans demolished at least 98 Saxon homes in Norwich to make way for the castle earthworks within which they built a wooden fort, surrounded by deep defensive dry ditches. Once the land had settled, work was begun on the stone keep in 1094 by King William (Rufus) II. Following his death in 1100 it was continued by his brother King Henry I and completed by 1121. A royal palace – Norwich Castle was designed to be a royal palace rather than a fortification. However, no Norman kings ever lived in it. The only time Henry I is known to have stayed at Norwich Castle was for Christmas 1121, a visit explored in detail in the displays in the Castle Keep. Norwich Castle keep was built using limestone shipped from Caen in France at a cost of over three times the original value of the stone! Read more…
Norwich Castle Guided tours – Battlements experience. Climb the 62 steps of the Norman staircase and enjoy a 360-degree canvas of uninterrupted views high above Norwich. See the sites associated with Robert Kett’s 16th century rebellion, a fight for the rights of Norfolk’s poor that ended with Kett being hung in chains from these battlements until he died from hunger and cold. Observe local landmarks such as the Norman cathedral, St Peter Mancroft church, the market and The Forum as never before. Fighting Gallery tours – Join our costumed knight for a journey through the Castle’s defensive past taking you through the fighting gallery, a mysterious space between the inner and outer walls of the castle keep. Learn how the Norman guards would have kept vigil over the keeps occupants and how the Castle survived under siege. Prices and information All tickets, £4.50 per person, per tour Discounts for Norfolk Museums Pass holders – The battlements and fighting gallery tours are only available with the purchase of a general admission ticket. All tours are subject to availability and are booked on the day. If you are planning to make a special trip for a tour we recommend you contact us on 01603 495897 / 493625 the morning of your visit to check availability. Battlements and fighting gallery tours are not suitable for those under the age of 8. Due to uneven floors and stair access they are also unsuitable for people with mobility difficulties.
Norwich Castle Galleries – Norwich Castle keep The heart of the Norman castle – Boudica and the Romans – The story of the Celtic rebellion against the Romans – Anglo Saxons and Vikings – The turbulent era between Roman occupation and the Norman Conquest – The Egyptians – Small yet exquisite collection giving an insight into ancient Egyptian culture – Natural history – A kaleidoscope of specimens tells the story of the explorers, curators and others who collected them – Fine art – Oils, watercolours, drawings and prints spanning the 17th to the 20th centuries – Decorative arts – A reflection of style through the ages, from 1400 to the present day – Royal Norfolk Regiment – A rich archive illustrating the Royal Norfolk Regiment’s 300-year history.
Norwich Castle Study Centre – Norwich Castle Study Centre is home for a wealth of the county’s collections of costume and textiles, fine, decorative and contemporary art, archaeology, natural history and the Royal Norfolk Regiment. Researchers from around the world use this study centre to investigate the internationally important collections that are housed here. The Norwich Castle Study Centre is also the headquarters of Norfolk Museums Service. Opening times – Monday-Friday 9am–5pm. Closed on Bank Holidays and 24-26 December. Admission – Researchers to the Norwich Castle Study Centre can view the collections for free. However, demand is high and so you must make an appointment in advance to see collections. It is likely the time we allocate you to visit the Study Centre will be at least three weeks after you contact us. Visits are dependent on the relevant staff being available and whilst every effort is made to accommodate visitors at the time arranged, very occasionally we have to postpone visits if staff are ill. To arrange an appointment, email: [email protected] or call 01603 493625. We’ll discuss what you want to look at and book you into the appropriate department. Collections – Access to the collections can also be made through the Norfolk Museums Collections website, which currently contains detailed object information through over 19,000 searchable records.
Identifications – Norfolk Museums Service deals with thousands of identification enquiries every year. Due to a number of major projects taking place, at present only archaeology and natural history/geology and Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum enquiries are being accepted for identification. Identifications for costume and textiles are available by appointment, please email us. If you have an object that you would like our Museum curatorial staff to identify you can take it to the reception desk at the Study Centre on Market Avenue (not Norwich Castle), Monday to Friday, 9 am-5 pm. Normally identifications take at least 16 weeks, but can take longer depending on the number of objects, difficulty of enquiry, and workload of the relevant curator. Please note that Norfolk Museums Service are only able to accept enquiries relevant to our collections or from the Norfolk/East Anglian region.
Norwich Museum Collections – Norfolk Museums Service holds over three million objects within its varied collections ranging from Natural History, Social History, World collections and Archaeology to Contemporary Art and Regimental History. Many of the collections are of national and international importance. There are over 190,000 records available. Norwich Museum Service Collections are: Norwich Museum – Living in Norfolk – Norwich Museum – The Natural World – Norwich Museum – Conflict and War – Norwich Museum – Faith and Ritual – Norwich Museum – World Collections – Norwich Museum – Prestige and Power – Norwich Museum – Curiosities – Norwich Museum – Headliners – Norwich Museum – Inspired by Norfolk – Norwich Museum – People – Norwich Museum – Norfolk Collectors – Norwich Museum – Tied to the Sea – Norwich Museum – Rites of Passage – Norwich Museum – Industrious Norfolk.
Learning at Norwich Castle. An amazing learning experience awaits for all.
Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery has it all for all ages from the Norwich castle Study Centre to guided tours. Our Castle museum and art gallery is steeped in all areas of history and is a place where all ages can learn more about the history of Norwich and surrounding areas.
Why not visit when you are in Norwich or Norfolk and if your local come and find out more about your areas history.
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