Armistice: Legacy of the Great War in Norfolk Exhibition

On October 20th 2018 a new exciting exhibition will open in the Norwich Castle Museum: Armistice: Legacy of the Great War in Norfolk.

Although the exhibition will be commemorating the centenary of the armistice ending the First World War, don’t expect this to be a sombre exhibition. Instead we will focus on celebrating the people’s resilience and explore the emergence of a different, more understanding society, emphasized in the success of women’s suffrage and question new means of social support such as the Homes for Heroes scheme. We will take the legacy of the First World War right up to the present with a stunning display of Paddy Hartley’s poppies.

All the objects have been carefully selected for their direct connection to Norfolk. An interactive map highlighting all the auxiliary hospitals, airfields, and shipwrecks off the Norfolk coast will be included to enable visitors to better visualize what was happening in their hometowns during the war. An open display of costumes and textiles from the time period will people the exhibition space. The exhibition will be split up into seven key sections: Air, Sea, Town and Industry, Country and Agriculture, at Home and Children, Soldiers in the County – Hospitals, and Peace, the last focusing on returning soldiers and commemoration. A series of lectures and a workshop programme will complement the exhibition.

The Armistice exhibition will aim to engage with all age groups and will include interactives aimed at family groups. Younger children can have a go at playing with wooden toys in the nursery area, while older children can try out our dressing up station featuring sailor suits – a staple in children’s fashion of the time. We will also have a selfie station designed to give you the ultimate First World War era family portrait.

There is still a chance for you to get involved. If your family has any stories about returning First World War servicemen, or any memories of growing up with relatives who lived in Norfolk through the conflict, we would love to hear your story.

Please contact us by e-mail:

By telephone at 01603 493650

Or via post: Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum, Shirehall, Market Ave, Norwich NR1 3JQ

We look forward to hearing from you!

In the meantime, you can follow our weekly blog entries featuring research done by our museum volunteers telling the many unique stories showcased in the exhibition. Keep an eye out for exclusive behind the scenes access to the exhibition preparations – we are really looking forward to moving the hundred year old torpedo!


The Hubbard wedding – a nurse and a soldier, photograph by Olive Edis, 1918.


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