The Following Meetings have been Scheduled.


We hold our monthly meetings at St Martin at Palace Church.

This is the flint church in its churchyard, adjacent to the Law Courts, near the Adam & Eve PH and Wig & Pen PH.

St. Martin at Palace,  15 St Martin-At-Palace Plain, Norwich     NR3 1RW


The meetings will start at 7.30pm as usual, on the first Thursday of the month.

As usual there will be tea and coffee after the meeting, and there are two pubs nearby for those wishing to continue discussions.

There is easy car parking nearby. Some free on street, some metered and St Helen’s Carpark has an evening charge of £1.60. The venue is a four minute walk from Tombland bus stops, down Palace Street.

The map below shows the location, the zoomable map at the bottom nearly gets the location right. ,






Saturday 2nd February 2019 at 2pm

New Mills - Site Visit -  Meet at New Mills.

A chance for members to visit New Mills and see the machinery inside.  Please note this is a members only visit.


Thursday 7th February at 7.30

A Transport themed evening of members contributions.

Contributions from Mary Fewster on Car Journeys in Norfolk 1900 - 1910,  Bev with a film on Steam Car activity in Norfolk, James Oxley Brennan on Motoring ephemera in his collection and Carol Haines will show some images of some more unusual things to look out for along the roads, e.g. county bridge stones, military boundary markers.


Thursday 7th March at 7.30

What was the extent of and what were the influences on industrial activity in nineteenth-century Norfolk and its market towns? by Adrian O’Dell


Thursday 4th April at 7.30

History of Sugar & The Construction of Cantley Sugar Factory in 1912 by Alex Mason

Alex has spent 40 years working in the sugar industry. The talk is in two parts, the first is the history of sugar generally and the UK beet sugar industry in particular. The second part is a pictorial account of the Cantley factory construction in 1912.


Thursday 2nd May at 7.30

The British Xylonite Company – the first 50 years by Richard Truswell

The talk will cover the origins of Parkesine (1862), Xylonite (1868) and Celluloid. The British Xylonite Company, Homerton (1877), Brantham before the arrival of the British Xylonite Company, The choice of Brooklands Farm and the move to Brantham (1887)Life for employees relocating from Homerton to Brantham, The Xylonite manufacturing process and the associated services, Xylonite products,  and Company expansion


Past meetings are listed elsewhere on this site.

As always the Chairman welcomes suggestions of speakers. If you know anyone or have heard a good relevant talk please let him know.


If you can give a talk of interest to our members please get in touch with our chairman. He would particularly like to hear of members who can make a presentation to the Society, be it for a full evening (an hour to a maximum of hour and a half) or just 10 minutes on a members night.

Reasonable expenses and agreed fees are paid  to speakers (or nominated good cause). (Download notes for Speakers Here)


You can contact us using the form on the Contacts page




Church where meeting is held shown in red

and nearby parking by white P on blue.


There is also parking by the nearby public houses.


The larger P shows the Jarrold owned St Helens Wharfe carpark which was £1.60 evening charge.


See below for a Google zoomable map