About the History Group

Loddon and District Local History Group was formally constituted in February 2003 with the stated aim of "the advancement of education of the public concerning the local history of Loddon, Norfolk and the surrounding area"... and that is as formal as it gets.

We do not have a membership list, so anyone is welcome to turn up to our monthly meetings where we usually have a speaker or slide show.

Meetings are held in the Lecture Hall, St John's Church, George Lane, on the third Wednesday of each month at 1.30pm.
They currently cost just £3 which includes the opportunity to chat over tea and biscuits.

A programme of future speakers can be seen at the bottom of this page.
All are welcome to attend.

Once a year we organize an outing to a place of interest.

Another annual activity is our survey of a local churchyard to record the Memorial Inscriptions and location of gravestones.
The results are printed and placed in the churches, and are also available via this website.

To contact us, email - loddon.history@hotmail.co.uk We are pleased to answer queries about the local area, if we can, but cannot undertake detailed family history research.

Speaker Programme 2017

Subjects and speakers may change due to unforeseen circumstances

Date Speaker Topic
Febuary 15th Loddon Parish Study
After a swift A G M see the latest finds from our test-pits and hear how the Parish Study is progressing.
March 15th Donald Hill The History of the Caister Lifeboat - Hear all about the courage of the men who never turned back.
April 19th Dr Joy Hawkins Contraception, from the Ancient Greeks to the Victorians.
Joy is a UEA lecturer and very popular speaker, join us for another of her fascinating talks.
May 17th Heather Wallis 'Boats to Bricks, Ten Years of Discoveries in the Norfolk Broads'.
An experienced archaeologist, Heather has excavated all sorts of objects, learn more about these local finds.
June 21st Chris Armstrong Anything From a Pin to an Elephant.
Listen to the fascinating history of some of our most well known local department stores.
July 19th ANNUAL OUTING
First stop, Bury St Edmunds and a tour of the Abbey Gardens with archaeologist Dr Richard Roggett.
Then on to West Stow, Anglo Saxon Village for lunch and tour of the reconstructed buildings led by Richard who will tell us what has been discovered and learned from this 50 year experiment.
Details at meetings.
August 16th Our EVENING MEETING 7.30pm
The History of advertising, presented by the History of Advertising Trust.
Sept 20th Megan Dennis Voices from the Workhouse.
Last year Gressenhall Museum completed a project designed to investigate more of the history of the workhouse.
Learn about the in depth research, the stories they came across and how these details were incorporated into a stunning display
October 18th Elvie Herd Found in the Archives
Once again Elvie will share with us some of the many stories and events she has discovered in the documents.
November 15th Adrian Bell Society The Works and Life of Adrian Bell.
Dec 20th Christmas 'Do'. Details at meetings.
Jan 17th 2018 Georgette Vale Five O'clock Tea with Betsy
Meet Mrs Elizabeth Fry in 1845 and hear her tell of her life as a Quaker and her work as a prison reformer, philanthropist, anti-slavery campaigner and more besides.
This is a Live History Talk, A Norfolk woman in Character and Costume.

Further details 01508 520120/521136

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