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Norfolk Organisations

The Centre was established at UEA in 1967 to develop and encourage the study of all aspects of the archaeology and history of Norfolk, Suffolk and the adjacent areas of Lincolnshire, Essex and Cambridgeshire from prehistoric times to the present.

NORAH aim is the advancement of education for the public benefit, in the history of Norfolk, by working in conjunction with the Norfolk Record Office and its partner organisations, in particular but not exclusively by funding:

a. The acquisition, preservation and processing of records and printed materials worthy of permanent retention so they can be made accessible to the public by the Norfolk Record Office and its partner organisations.

b. Projects and activities which engage different audiences with records and printed materials worthy of permanent preservation.

The Society’s aim is to promote the study of the science of archaeology, which includes:

  • the study of the history, architecture and antiquities of Norfolk
  • the collection and publication of information on the ancient art and monuments of the County
  • the encouragement of individuals and public bodies in undertaking research and excavations
  • the prevention of injury to and destruction of all kinds of objects of archaeological value.

We offer a programme of monthly lectures every autumn and winter. In the warmer months, we organise excursions to sites, houses and churches in various parts of Norfolk and further afield.

The Society welcomes people researching their Norfolk ancestors and family history.

Norfolk Heritage Centre holds the most comprehensive collection of published material telling the story of Norfolk and its people.

We collect and preserve unique archives relating to the history of Norfolk and make them accessible across the world.

As the Diocesan Record Office for the Diocese of Norwich, the NRO is the place of deposit for the archdeaconries, deaneries and parishes in the diocese, including the area around Lowestoft.

We are also a Diocesan Record Office for the Diocese of Ely, making us the place of deposit for most of the parishes in west Norfolk.

True’s Yard is a heritage site and town museum celebrating the fishing community of the North End which made a significant contribution to Lynn’s economic and social life for 900 years. 

Local Record Societies

Bedfordshire Historical Record Society (BHRS) was established in 1912 as a focus for the study of Bedfordshire history.

The Society was founded in October 1993 to print scholarly editions of important documents on the history of Berkshire held in the Berkshire Record Office and elsewhere.

The Bristol Record Society (Founded in 1929) is devoted to the study and publication of the historic records of the City and County of Bristol.

The British Record Society was founded in 1889 to compile, edit and publish indexes, calendars and transcripts of historical records in public or private custody throughout Great Britain.

The Society, originally formed as the Records Branch of the Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society, was established as a separate institution in 1947.

The Derbyshire Record Society was established in 1977 to publish edited texts, monographs and pamphlets relating to the history of the county.

The Devon and Cornwall Record Society was founded in 1904 to transcribe and publish local records, and to promote local historical studies and genealogical research.

The Society was founded in 1985. Its purpose is to publish texts relating to Hertfordshire that would not otherwise be easily accessible.

The Society was founded in 1855 and over the years has changed its name slightly, but its aims have virtually remained the same; ‘to promote the study of history, archaeology, antiquities and architecture of the county’.

The Society was founded in 1910 to print records and documents relating to the ancient county and diocese of Lincoln. The ancient diocese covered not only Lincolnshire, the second largest county of England, but also the wide area which lay within the medieval diocese: the counties of Lincoln, Leicester, Northampton, Rutland, Oxford, Bedford, Buckingham, Huntingdon and northern Hertford.

The London Record Society was founded in 1964 to stimulate interest in archives relating to London. It holds an annual public lecture dealing with an aspect of London archives and publishes volumes of transcripts, translations, abstracts and lists of primary sources relating to the history of London.

The Northamptonshire Record Society was established by Miss Joan Wake in 1920 in an attempt to stem the wholesale loss of local historical records in the aftermath of the First World War. It was Miss Wake’s unique enthusiasm and personal drive that saved thousands of documents and led to the formation, not only of the Society, but also of the County Record Office.

The Oxfordshire Record Society was founded in 1919.

The Society has been preserving, promoting and making accessible the written heritage of the county of Somerset since 1886.

The Staffordshire Record Society originated in 1879 as the William Salt Archaeological Society. It took its name and inspiration from William Salt, a banker of a Staffordshire family whose antiquarian collections form the core of the holdings of the William Salt Library at Stafford, which opened in 1872. The Society, however, was the brain-child of General George Wrottesley, a younger son of the 2nd Baron Wrottesley of Wrottesley Hall, Tettenhall, and a veteran of the Crimean War. He was the Society’s mainstay as secretary and editor until his death in 1909. He was succeeded by Josiah Wedgwood, the future Lord Wedgwood.

The purpose of the society has always been the publication of documents, both local and national, relating to the history of Staffordshire, although articles and monographs have also been included. The Society’s name was changed in 1936 to the Staffordshire Record Society as being more suited to its work.

The Suffolk Records Society was founded to encourage the study and preservation of Suffolk Records from the Middle Ages to the present day. Since 1957 it has worked tirelessly to bring these documentary sources of Suffolk’s rich history to a wider audience. Its success can be measured by the publication of an edited volume of records or documents every year since the Society was established.

The mission of Surrey Record Society is to publish records relating to the historic county of Surrey, which includes the parishes of South London as far east as Rotherhithe. Since its foundation in 1913 the society has published transcripts, translations and abstracts of texts ranging in date from the twelfth to the nineteenth century.

The Sussex Record Society was founded in 1901 with the aim of publishing historical records of the county found in the great national libraries (such as the British Library and the Public Record Office) and in the archives of its great country houses and county families.

National Organisations

The Royal Historical Society was founded in 1868 and remains the foremost society in Great Britain promoting and defending the scholarly study of the past.

The Canterbury and York Society was founded in 1904 for the purpose of publishing medieval bishops’ registers and other ecclesiastical records. Through its work it has published nearly 100 volumes and more than fifty complete registers.

The Society of Antiquaries of London (founded in 1707) is an educational charity that promotes understanding of the human past and recognises distinction in this field through election to its Fellowship.

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