Colman’s 200th birthday events and exhibitions

This year, one of NorColman'swich and Norfolk’s most famous companies celebrates its 200th birthday.

At Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library we are joining in with the festivities with exhibitions on the ground floor and on the second floor at Norfolk Heritage Centre. There will also be events inside the library and in Fusion (also inside the Forum – turn left inside the Atrium).

On the ground floor, we’ve placed items from our Heritage Centre store including postcards, souvenirs and cookbooks, alongside records shedding light on the lives of just a few of the men and women who have worked for the company over the years – in mustard, starch and laundry blue. (Seen the blue specs in your washing tablets? ‘Blue’ was an early form). The records include 1911 censuses, a baptism and a marriage. We’d love to hear from anyone related to someone featuring in the cases.

Meanwhile, on the second floor, see deeper into our archive collections with photographs, newspaper cuttings, bound volumes and items from Carrow Works magazine.

Dates for your diary –

11 November, 12pm Victoria Draper from Norfolk Record Office takes the stage to talk about ‘Researching your family history’. Free, all welcome, in the Fusion Gallery.

18 November, 12pm Join Elizabeth Budd for her talk ‘Your First World War Family’ – giving you a step by step guide to starting research into your Great War ancestors. Free, all welcome, in the Fusion gallery.

19 November, 12.30pm Author Nick Williams is the speaker for our regular Heritage Hour, a free bi-weekly talk on an aspect of Norfolk’s Heritage. This week, the theme will be ‘Norwich Industries’. No booking is necessary – join us in the Vernon Castle Room in the Norfolk Heritage Centre (second floor of the Millennium Library).


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