100 Years On

100 years ago, the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 had just convened with the first of 145 meetings between the statesmen of all sides.

The final peace treaty with Germany, The Treaty of Versailles, was signed on 28th June 1919 but negotiations between other nations continues for a further four years with the Treaty of Lausanne (peace with the former Ottoman Empire) being revised right through until the summer of 1923.

While it would be lovely to continue researching the impact that WW1 had on Norfolk sadly the time has come to stop updating this blog.

Before we go however we thought we would share some of the Norfolk in World War One highlights from the past 5 years:

  • We’ve posted 518 articles since 2013
  • Over 50 different people or organisation have written posts for us, whether this is research into a topic that interests them; family/village history research or reviews of WW1 commemoration projects.
  • 68, 419 people have visited the blog
  • These visitors have come from 153 different countries or territories
  • We launched the 2018 Poppy Plea which saw over 15,500 poppies being made for us to represent the fallen of Norfolk.

We couldn’t have done any of this without you – our readers and contributors – so many thanks for your support and interest over the centenary commemorations.

Norwich, Guildhall Hill, Return of 2nd Norfolks, April 1919. Image from Picture Norfolk, taken by George Swain

In the words of the popular WW1 Song:

Bonsoir, old thing, cheerio chin chin,
Nah-poo, toodle-oo, good-bye-ee

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Images from the archives


1919 Great Yarmouth, children from Nelson School attending a ‘Peace Tea’

This is just one of several hundred newly digitised original photographs, posters and notices connected with the First World War in Norfolk. The material is held in the collections of the Norfolk Heritage Centre, Norfolk Record Office and Norfolk Museums Service and are posted on http://www.picture.norfolk.gov.uk/ (the online picture archive run by Norfolk County Council Library and Information Service).

Images from the Archives

Armistice Day in Norwich Market Place 11th November 1918

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This is just one of several hundred newly digitised original photographs, posters and notices connected with the First World War in Norfolk. The material is held in the collections of the Norfolk Heritage Centre, Norfolk Record Office and Norfolk Museums Service. Over the course of the next few years the images will be posted on http://www.picture.norfolk.gov.uk/ (the online picture archive run by Norfolk County Council Library and Information Service).

Images from the Archives

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This is just one of several hundred newly digitised original photographs, posters and notices connected with the First World War in Norfolk. The material is held in the collections of the Norfolk Heritage Centre, Norfolk Record Office and Norfolk Museums Service. Over the course of the next few years the images will be posted on http://www.picture.norfolk.gov.uk/ (the online picture archive run by Norfolk County Council Library and Information Service).

Images from the Archives

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Edith Cavell’s statue being unveiled on Tombland, Norwich on the 12th October, 1918. her grave lies close by on the south side of the cathedral.
 This is just one of several hundred newly digitised original photographs, posters and notices connected with the First World War in Norfolk. The material is held in the collections of the Norfolk Heritage Centre, Norfolk Record Office and Norfolk Museums Service. Over the course of the next few years the images will be posted on http://www.picture.norfolk.gov.uk/ (the online picture archive run by Norfolk County Council Library and Information Service).

Images from the Archives

Middlesex hussars at Aylsham 2 1915 by Searson postcard

‘The Trenches’ or Middlesex Hussars practicing trench digging at Aylsham  (probably Blickling Estate) in 1915. 

This is just one of several hundred newly digitised original photographs, posters and notices connected with the First World War in Norfolk. The material is held in the collections of the Norfolk Heritage Centre, Norfolk Record Office and Norfolk Museums Service. Over the course of the next few years the images will be posted on http://www.picture.norfolk.gov.uk/ (the online picture archive run by Norfolk County Council Library and Information Service).