The society has been greatly saddened to learn of the recent death of Barbara Miller, who was our honorary secretary from 1993 to 2003, when she handed over to the current incumbent.
Barbara was brought in as secretary by our then chairman, Hassell Smith, and the two of them were instrumental in enlivening the operation of the society, making the publications schedule more efficient and introducing annual launch events, initially in the Centre of East Anglian Studies at UEA, which enabled locally based members to get together for a lecture related to each published volume. These highly enjoyable events have remained a regular feature of our activities, held now mostly at the Archive Centre, but occasionally at other locations that have been relevant to a particular volume. We have even managed to keep going during the pandemic with online Zoom events.
Barbara worked until her retirement as a secretary/administrator at the Norwich High School for Girls, and was an active member of the St Peter Mancroft congregation. For over fifty years she was a Norwich tourist guide (as celebrated in an EDP article in 2014) and she supported a wide range of historically orientated societies. An accomplished lecturer on various aspects of Norwich’s history in her own right, she took no prisoners when confronted by the offerings of others, particularly if they did not speak clearly and maintain a high standard of audibility. Her direct and no-nonsense approach to everything and everyone was as refreshing as it could be formidable. She was a notable character whose enthusiasm and active support for many causes will be sadly missed.
The Eastern Daily Press published an obituary to Barbara Miller on the 17th December 2021.
We send our condolences to her family.
Image Credit: MAP (Mancroft Advice Project)