Images from the archives – the Recreation Ground at King’s Lynn being used as a military camp


This image forms part of King’s Lynn Library’s Local Studies collections. It was added to the Lynn and Norfolk Photographic Survey Record in the early 20th century and was taken by H.C. Allinson. This is just one of several hundred newly published original photographs, posters and notices connected with the First World War in Norfolk, which can be viewed at

Images from the archives – the children, women and men of St. Nicholas Works at Thetford


Shell casings and other products can be seen at the front of the group. This image taken by Boughton’s studios comes from the Percy Trett Collection, at the Time and Tide Museum

Charles Burrell & Sons of Thetford were makers of steam traction engines, agricultural machinery, steam trucks and steam tram engines, but during the First World War they produced munitions and gun mountings for the Admiralty. This is just one of several hundred newly published original photographs, posters and notices connected with the First World War in Norfolk and available on

Images from the archives – German prisoners working on the Waveney


German prisoners of war working on channel cutting on the River Waveney – from Museum of Norwich at The Bridewell

This comes from a collection related to Hobrough & Son’s firm of river contractors and engineers, established by James Hobrough in 1854. The firm’s headquarters was an inn at Bishop’s Bridge for many years and later they also built a dockyard at Thorpe St Andrew. James Samuel Hobrough (born 1864) took up photography in 1893 and documented much of the firms work until the 1920s. This large collection of images forms part of the Bridewell Museum’s holdings and many can be viewed at  (search term: Hobrough)

Images from the archives – just published!


Burnham Market, a First World War wedding group from Lynn Museum’s collections

If you visit and put ‘world war 1‘ into the search box, you will now find nearly 2,000 images relating to Norfolk’s part in the First World War. Many of these have just been published and come from museums, libraries and the Norfolk Record Office’s collections. They include everything from personal images like the wedding group above, to records of people on active service, war hospitals and nursing, memorials and soldier portraits. Find also images of Home Front posters and notices, fundraising campaigns, army recruitment and people working in industry and agriculture to support the war effort.

Poppy Project

Norfolk Libraries have been receiving some fantastic donations from groups and individuals around the county, who have been busy making poppies for our 2018 commemoration project. So far we have origami, crocheted, knitted, card, wool, fabric and even pom-pom poppies. We have a year to reach our goal of 15,500, and there is still a long way to go – we need your help!


If you need some inspiration to get you started, we’ve listed some of our favourite crafty library books below with links of where to find them…

crafting books

Remember your local library will have a crafting book section (Dewey class 745-746), and will always be able to reserve books for you to collect – just ask!

Images from the Archives

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Saxthorpe and Corpusty, a First World War group from James Vout’s personal album. This image forms part of Norfolk Record Office holdings, it comes from the following archive: First World War: photographs belonging to James Vout, reference MS 21630/112. 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 (the online picture archive run by Norfolk County Council Library and Information Service).

Poppy Project Update

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We’ve just received this mega donation of knitted and crocheted poppies from West Norfolk Libraries – there are 1,194 poppies in this bag! Staff and customers at King’s Lynn and Dersingham Libraries created each of these unique flowers, and donated them our Poppy Project for display during the Armistice centenary commemorations next year.

You don’t have to be a knitter to take part – people have created poppies out of cardboard, crepe paper tissue, and felt, and even coloured some in. You can use your favourite crafting techniques or try something new. Be creative!

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There is still a long way to go until we reach our poppy target – find out more about the project here and get in touch if you’d like to get involved!