The Following Meetings have been Scheduled.


Our monthly meetings (September to May) are usually held on the first Thursday of each month. Unless stated otherwise these meetings are held in the Stanley Cooper Room at the Charing Cross Centre, 17-19 St John Maddermarket, Norwich. All meetings start at 7.30pm.


Following the meeting coffee and biscuits and a chance to mardle.  Then some of us continue discussion in a local pub, all are welcome to join us, including our speaker if they so wish.


Please check for changes by looking at our website, especially in bad weather.

Admission is free. Visitors or prospective members are most welcome. The room has full access including a lift and toilets close by.



Thursday 5th January 2017

Members Night - Short talks from members

Our ever popular evening when members are encouraged to give short presentations (No longer than 20 minutes) on a topic loosely related to Industrial history or archaeology.  If members can let the Chairman know in advance it helps with planning the evening, or take pot luck and turn up on the night and we will try to slot you in.

Thursday 2nd February

Taking Boats Uphill - Staunches and Stanches - Ivan Cane

This talk covers staunches, stanches, half locks, flash locks, turf locks and river locks. At the end of the talk we will all know what each of these are, suffice to say that they are all ways that boats went uphill whilst rivers were kept deep enough for navigation.  Ivan's talks are excellent, often illustrated with rare images.

Thursday 2nd March

Prosperity and Poverty in the Textile Industry in Eighteenth Century Norwich - Jean Smith

The talk will look at the 'great and good' such as the Harveys who did well out of the trade, as well as the workers who were often exploited and suffered real poverty in times of depression.

Thursday 6th April

Well Boring - Peter Pank   To be confirmed

In many ways Pank's are synonymous with well boring in Norfolk, and as Peter showed us in 2015 he can be insightful in his knowledge yet entertaining in his presentation, with numerous humorous anecdotes.

Thursday 4th May

Understanding Norfolk Brick and Lime Kilns

Saturday 13th May  (Provisional)

A day in the Wells next Sea Area, including a guided walk around the Town.


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).


We are able to help with the preparation of visual aids &etc.  A computer, digital projector, slide projector, overhead projector, DVD player and VHS video are all available with a wall screen given notice.


Our Guidance to speakers may assist - download from this link

You can contact us using the form on the Contacts page