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Collection Summary

Collection Title
Autograph Collection
Description
Portfolio of over 400 autographs, with accompanying portraits in some instances, of public figures and notable people of the 17th to 19th centuries. The collection covers eminent figures from the arts; monarchs and aristocrats; respected scientists and medical doctors; bishops; academics; naval and military figures; statesmen; individuals from local established families, many of who donated objects to the museum collections and, amongst this illustrious company, Robert Cole imprisoned in Norwich Castle in 1646. Nationally famous people who are represented include Charles Dickens, Nicolo Paganini and Dr. Livingston. The collection is not on display but is housed in the Shirehall Study Centre and is available for consultation by appointment
Format
  • 420 documents and drawings
Date range of collection
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Accumulation Dates
-
Suggested Audience
general interest,sixth form college,further education (age 16+),higher education,community education,research
Associated People or Organisations
Associated Places
Viewing the collection
Material which is not on display can be viewed by appointment, telephone the Access Officer on 01603 493640
Details also available
http://www.culturalmodes.norfolk.gov.uk/projects/nmaspub5.asp
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Location Details

Norwich Castle Museum And Art Gallery
Castle Meadow Norwich NR1 3JU United Kingdom
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DOMUS
SE000101 
Email
museums@norfolk.gov.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)1603 493625
Fax
+44 (0)1603 493623 
Building Information
Norwich Castle Museum, as its name suggests, is housed in the keep of the former Norman Castle which became a Victorian prison. Galleries were added to the keep in the 1890s when the building was converted into a museum. The Museum sits atop the Castle Mound, dominating the Norwich skyline and is reached by a medieval bridge or via a lift from the Castle gardens. Visitors can ascend to the battlements for a guided tour taking in a panoramic view of the city, and descend to the former dungeons. Adjoining the Castle Museum is the Shirehall Study Centre (former courthouse). Here, by appointment, collections can be explored in more depth and objects which are not on display can be visited.
Collections Overview
Norwich Castle, built by the Normans as a Royal Palace, was used as a prison from the 14th century and became Norfolk’s main museum in 1894. It has designated collections of fine and decorative art, archaeology and natural history and includes the best collections of paintings by the Norwich School of Artists and the world's largest collection of ceramic teapots. Search Norfolk Museums database and NOAH (Norfolk Online Access to Heritage) can be searched on-line for libraries, museums and record office. Currently, this includes the entire library catalogue, over 200,000 museum objects, about 16,000 digitised photographs, the index to over 23,000 local newspaper articles and over 63,000 archive records. For Stanger's Hall see Social History.
Display Overview
The Castle Keep has elaborate carvings in the stonework of the entrance, garderobes, fighting gallery, spiral stone staircase. Visitors can explore life in the Norman keep by touch screens, computer animation and a giant model of the keep. There are displays of when it was a prison with original graffiti. The keep also has displays of Norwich Silver, Norwich Civic Regalia, a re-creation of a medieval street scene, models of when it was being built and hands-on exhibits. There is an Anglo-Saxon and Viking Gallery, including a reconstruction of an Anglo-Saxon grave site and a collection of jewellery; a Boudica Gallery with displays of Iceni treasure including gold torcs and a re-creation of an Iceni chariot; the Egyptian Gallery has an Egyptian tomb with mummies. The Fitch Room contains an eclectic collection of objects from the Ethnographic, Decorative Art and Archaeological collections, housed in Victorian wooden cabinets. The Art Galleries show 17th - 20th century paintings on show English watercolours, Dutch landscapes and modern British paintings including Norwich School artists. Look at Lowestoft porcelain, glass and English silver and Twinings Teapot Gallery with ceramic teapots. The Natural History Galleries are a favourite with families and include mounted birds and mammals and dioramas of Norfolk bird habitats.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

Additional Collection Information

Accrual Status
accrual policy : closed, accrual method : deposit, accrual periodicity : closed
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Associated Collection(s)
  • Related Collection: Archive Collection
  • Related Collection: Fine Art
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  • Related Collection: Natural History Correspondence Collection
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