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. ,


Thursday 3rd October

The Shoe Trade by  Barbara Miller.

Norwich was famous for its shoe trade, and the area called Norwich over the Water was filled with shoe factories , large and small.


Thursday 7th November  -

The R34 -  Basil Abbott

The R34 was Britain's first Airship to cross the Atlantic. It finished it's return journey at Pulham.  Basil has carried out extensive research on this airship and  the epic journey across the Atlantic,.


Thursday 5th December

Society AGM   followed by a presentation by James Oxley-Brennan on some recent ephemera he has aquired

James's contributions always provide a fascinating insight into some of the commercial activities of Norfolk through looking at original documents.


Thursday 2nd January 2020

Members Short Presentations

This is the chance for members to make short presentations - no longer than 20 minutes - on anything remotely related to industrial history.

(Please book slots with the chairman, if you need more than 20 minutes (please check, warn him how long you need, and note your presentation may need to be scheduled another time}



Thursday 6th February

Broadland Staithes and associated industrial sites  -  Professor Tom Williamson

There is an ongoing project to identify public staithes in Broadland and how they were used. There will be the possibility of members being involved in this work.


Thursday 5th March

The Marriott’s Way Project by Sophie Cabot.

This project is seeking to encourage public use of the former railways line from Norwich to Melton Constable. Part of this involves identifying and understanding  historic features along the route


Thursday 2nd April

Meeting will be held, speaker to be confirmed

Thursday 7th May

Meeting will be held, speaker to be confirmed


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