NORFOLK INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY SOCIETY
A selection of organisations and web sites providing information, either online or by personal visit.
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Archant (Eastern Counties Newspapers)
The local newspaper group (publishes the Eastern Daily Press, Norwich Evening News and a number of other local titles across Norfolk) has a internal library, including a large photographic collection acquired over the years. Visit by appointment, thr libarian is only part time.
The website has archive material including feature articles on individual Norfolk industries.
George Plunkett Photographs
Norfolk Family History Society
Norfolk Historic Environment Service
Norfolk County Council's Historic Environment Service aims to record, protect and manage Norfolk's archaeology and historic environment, making information available and providing guidance and advice to all those with responsibility for or an interest in the past. The service has a high reputation for the quality of service, especially its liaison with metal detector groups and finds identification service where it is an exemplar across the country.
The archives of this service have now moved to the Norfolk Archive Centre. We are not sure off current access arrangements.
NIAS records are stored with the Historic Environment Record, to access our records contact NHES
Norfolk Historical Map Explorer
Norfolk Library Service
The Norfolk Library Service has extensive online information resources, including links to maps, photographs and other resources.
Sadly much material was lost in a fire in the 1990's. The Local studies library in The Forum, Norwich, has much material on open shelves as well as an extensive collection available on request. This includes acts of parliament and patent applications which are not immediately obvious when visiting.
The Branch libraries all have local history material, this is especially so of Great Yarmouth and Kings Lynn libraries..
Jonathan Neville's vast website on Norfolk Mills and other information, including useful links pages.
A good resource for up to date information and photographs of many of Norfolk's Wind and Watermills. It also has a huge amount of historical data and the site now has over 1,000 pages and listing over 1000 Norfolk watermills and windmills.
Norfolk Museums Service
The Norfolk Museums Service has a vast collection of industrial material, most not on display. The index to this collection is available online, however the descriptions are somewhat sparse and few images of objects. The museums service also has an extensive reference library, which includes trade catalogues. It has several fact sheets on its extensive website about Norfolk Industries, especially Norwich's main industries. The art collection can be a resource for early images of industrial sites, especially near water. Gressenhall Museum has a library with public access by appointment, as does the Shirehall Study centre in Norwich.
The Bridewell Museum was the first museum of Trades and Industry in the country, given by local companies to the City of Norwich with many of their historic collections. Sadly this has been re-branded as a museum of Norwich, and despite promises to NIAS much material is no longer on display or easily accessible.
Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society
Norfolk Record Office
The Norfolk Record Office collects and preserves records of historical significance for the county of Norfolk and makes them accessible to as wide a range of people as possible. It is a joint service of the County and District Councils of Norfolk. The web site includes a number of topic based information sheets. The index can be consulted online. The Archive Centre has very good public search facilities.