The Society’s 2021-22 Programme of Talks

Thursday 7th October 2021 7.30 p.m.

Sarah Pearson. Amazing Architecure
We welcome back Sarah who will give us an introduction to some of the most extraordinary constructions ever created both historically and in the modern era.

Thursday 21st October 2021 7.30 p.m.

Paul Dickson. Norwich on the Dark Side
Enjoy the darker side of Norwich: Crime, punishment, filth and misery.

Thursday 4th November 2021 7.30 p.m.

Andrew Tatham. I Shall Not Be Away Long
We welcome back Andrew who will tell us about a larger-than-life infantry officer’s letters from the Western Front to his wife from 1915 to 1917.

Thursday 18th November 2021 7.30 p.m.

Megan Dennis. Blickling – a treasured estate
An introductory talk about the estate and its history.

Thursday 2nd December 2021 7.30 p.m.

Matt Champion. The Rise and Fall of Hempton Priory
Local archaeologist Matt will tell us the history of this intriguing Fakenham landmark.

Thursday 16th December 2021 7.30 p.m.

Sue Burge. Dickens on Screen – A Celebration
The life, work, social conscience and obsessions of one of our greatest writers whose work was adapted for the screen as far back as 1901. Come and see all your favourites, muppets included!

Thursday 6th January 2022 7.30 p.m.

Colin Hards: My Family under the Blitz
Our member Colin will talk about how his family survived the blitz in London based on his grandmother’s diaries.

Thursday 20th January 2022 7.30 p.m.

Mark Thompson: A Guided Tour of the Universe
Since humans stepped out of caves, the night sky has held a special fascination for us. Mark Thompson, from BBC Stargazing Live, will take us on a fascinating tour!

Thursday 3rd February 2022 7.30 p.m.

Andrew Munden: A Journey through Time
Andrew Munden, General Manager of the North Nofolk Railway (Poppy Line) will tell us how the line, opened in 1887 and closed during the Beeching years, has been restored to its former glory as a popular tourist attraction.

Thursday 17th February 2022 7.30 p.m.

Anne Day: The Art of Forgery
Often considered the most glamorous of crimes, Anne will tell us about some of the “great” art forgers and art forgeries.

Thursday 3rd March 2022 7.30 p.m.

Phyllida Scrivens: The Great Thorpe Railway Disaster of 1874
At Norwich Station on 10th Sept 1874 a momentary misunderstanding between the Night Inspector and a youbg Telegraph Clerk resulted in a catestrophic collision. Phyllida will pay tribute to the heros, te victims and the survivors.

Thursday 17th March 2022 7.30 p.m.

Gary Powell: The Dark Secrets of London’s Squares
Gary will tell us about his experiences as a London cop including London’s notorious slum landlord and the original “Albert Square”.