Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell
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An enchanting and inspiring journey through Norwich’s past
This museum is a real treat. Beautifully composed displays lead you through a series of rooms on two floors that circle the courtyard of this historic building. As well as a clear time-line of the city’s dramatic history you’re introduced to Norwich people of all kinds in displays peppered with insights and anecdotes.
Glorious bolts of Norwich stuffs (cloth), a chocolate enrobing machine, a gleaming pharmacy and drawer-fulls of valentine cards, spices and laced handkerchiefs are all here.
Alongside industry and trade, religion and learning, another strong theme is the difficult lives led by many Norwich people. A room about the building’s history as a Bridewell or prison is harrowing in its detail. Talking head interviews with elderly former residents of Norwich’s famous ‘Yards’ have visitors glued to their seats.
Recommended length of visit: 1.5 to 3 hours
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