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Norwich Castle Museum And Art Gallery
Castle Meadow
Norwich
NR1 3JU
Contact
Telephone: +44 (0)1603 493625
Fax: +44 (0)1603 493623
Email: museums@norfolk.gov.uk

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Overview of collections

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.

Overview of how collections are displayed

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.
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Collection Descriptions
Ancient Egyptian Collection (Norwich Castle Museum And Art Gallery)
The museum holds 464 ancient Egyptian objects which are part of the Archaeology collection. Classes of objects repre...
Antiquarian Art Collection (Norwich Castle Museum And Art Gallery)
Watercolours and engravings (mostly early 19th century) depicting archaeological artefacts mainly found in Norfolk an...
Apling Collection (Norwich Castle Museum And Art Gallery)
Prehistoric worked flint tools from Norfolk, Kent and Sussex, examples of worked stone from various ethnographic sour...
Archaeological brick and tile collection (Norwich Castle Museum And Art Gallery)
Collection of brick and tile from the Romano-British, medieval and post-medieval periods from sites all over Norfolk....
Archaeological handling collection (Norwich Castle Museum And Art Gallery)
Original and replica objects representing all archaeological periods, which are used in museums across Norfolk in han...
Archaeological model collection (Norwich Castle Museum And Art Gallery)
Lifesized mannequins of Normans and half lifesized figures of prehistoric people from dioramas. The collection also i...
Archaeology Collection (Norwich Castle Museum And Art Gallery)
The Norwich Castle Archaeology Collection is the major and most comprehensive archaeological collection in East Angli...
Archaeology Library (Norwich Castle Museum And Art Gallery)
Collection of periodicals, journals, reports, books, pamphlets, offprints and maps which is available for use within ...
Archive Collection (Norwich Castle Museum And Art Gallery)
Archive of photographs, plans, drawings, slides and negatives including glass negatives, of archaeological excavation...
Autograph Collection (Norwich Castle Museum And Art Gallery)
Portfolio of over 400 autographs, with accompanying portraits in some instances, of public figures and notable people...
Barclay Herbarium (Norwich Castle Museum And Art Gallery)
Collection of pressed vascular plants (plants which have specialized tissues for conducting water) collected mostly i...
Beloe Collection (Norwich Castle Museum And Art Gallery)
Personal collection of objects mostly from the south and west of Norfolk. the collection includes Neolithic flint and...
Bergh Apton Anglo-Saxon cemetery collection (Norwich Castle Museum And Art Gallery)
Collection of grave goods excavated from Bergh Apton Anglo-Saxon cemetery in 1973. The excavated part of the site rep...
Bird Collection (Norwich Castle Museum And Art Gallery)
Pre-eminent bird collection comprising British and foreign specimens which are fully catalogued with individual datab...
Bolingbroke Topography Collection (Norwich Castle Museum And Art Gallery)
Collection of files of press cuttings and prints relating to the built environment of Norfolk. There is a folder for ...
Bridgman Hymenoptera Collection (Norwich Castle Museum And Art Gallery)
Outstanding collection of 9819 specimens of British hymenoptera (bees, wasps and ants). The collection includes 336 t...
British Bird Gallery Collection (Norwich Castle Museum And Art Gallery)
Pre-eminent bird collection representing almost all the native species, collected in Britain and Europe which is full...
Broadland Archaeology Collection (Norwich Castle Museum And Art Gallery)
Collection of objects mostly found as a by-product of dredging, together with fieldwalked and metal detected material...
Bronze Age Collection (Norwich Castle Museum And Art Gallery)
The Bronze Age Collection is comparable in importance to the national collection, reflecting the prominence of northe...
Buxton of Tibenham family portraits (Norwich Castle Museum And Art Gallery)
Collection of forty portraits from sixteenth to nineteenth century of family members. Artists include Peake, Bardwel...
Caistor St Edmund and Markshall Anglo-Saxon cemetery collection (Norwich Castle Museum And Art Gallery)
Collection of Anglo-Saxon cremation urns, grave goods and human bone from Caistor St. Edmund and Markshall Anglo-Saxo...
Coin Hoard Collection (Norwich Castle Museum And Art Gallery)
Collection of coins from 40 hoards from all over Norfolk, dating from the Iron Age to the English Civil War, reflecti...
Commemorative Medal Collection (Norwich Castle Museum And Art Gallery)
The collection comprises original and replica medals, medallions and medalets commemorating local, civic, national an...
Costume and Textiles (Norwich Castle Museum And Art Gallery)
The Textile and Costume Study Centre has the largest collection of Norwich Shawls in the country and houses a collect...
Davie Herbarium (Norwich Castle Museum And Art Gallery)
Collection of pressed vascular plants (plants which have specialized tissues for conducting water) collected in the l...
Davison Collection (Norwich Castle Museum And Art Gallery)
Collection of material excavated by B.K. Davison at a series of sites in Thetford in the 1960s in advance of town dev...
Decorative Art (Norwich Castle Museum And Art Gallery)
The collection of ceramics covers British pottery and porcelain from the medieval to present including a London delf...
Denver Saltern Collection (Norwich Castle Museum And Art Gallery)
Collection of pottery, animal bone, querns, worked bone, coins, a large quantity of briquetage (fired clay used in sa...
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