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View 300 years of Norwich's Medieval Churches 

A major new free exhibition will open at County Hall on August 21 displaying drawings and paintings of Norwich’s Medieval churches from the past 300 years, including some of church buildings that no longer physically exist.  

The new exhibition by the Norfolk Record Office, ‘Drawing in the Archive: Norwich's Medieval Churches 1700-2017' will open on Monday, August 21 and run until Friday, November 17 at County Hall.

Based on new findings from a 3 year research project, Norwich Medieval Churches: City, Community and Architecture, at the University of East Anglia, this exhibition explores the rich visual record of Norwich's medieval parish churches.

58 parish churches are known to have stood within the walls of Medieval Norwich. Despite damage and loss, 31 remain today, which is the largest concentration of urban medieval churches North of the Alps.

The remarkable archive of drawings and paintings from as early as 1700 by artists, antiquarians and archaeologists reveals information about the churches that would otherwise be lost and encourages us to look again, and look differently at these familiar landmarks.

Dr Clare Haynes, Curator of the forthcoming exhibition said: “Among the themes we are exploring is the lost churches,” Dr Haynes added. “Some of them we have nothing left of but some of the drawings in the exhibition can tell us some of the things we didn’t know about them.

“As an historian I’m a bit like a detective and the more difficult the story is to find out about the more intriguing it can be. I’m delighted we have been able to find so many things that we have been able to find about the lost buildings.”

The drawings and paintings on display come from the collections of Norfolk Museums Service, Norfolk County Council’s Record office and private individuals.

The exhibition opening hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9am-5pm, Tuesday 9.30am-5pm, Thursday 9am-7pm.  It will be closed on bank holidays.

A common room is provided for exhibtion visitors with a snacks and hot drinks machine. In addition members of the public can use the restaurant and shop at County Hall. There is disabled access in all areas.

Norfolk Record Office, The Archive Centre, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DQ

Quotes from Dr Clare Haynes were taken from an interview for an article in the EDP24 which you can read here

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