Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum

Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum
Norwich Castle Museum,
Castle Meadow
Norwich
Norfolk
NR1 3JU
England

Website

www.rnrm.org

E-mail

museums@norfolk.gov.uk

Telephone

General Enquiries

01603 493625

Education Enquiries

01603 495891

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The Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum (RNRM) looks after a wealth of objects relating to the Regiment. Many of these objects are on display in Norwich Castle Museum, including army uniform, kit, personal letters and diaries that reflect the daily lives of soldiers in wartime and peace.

Behind the scenes a small team of staff and volunteers care for the collection. In our archive we hold a large number of First World War documents including official war diaries, battalion orders and recommendations for awards, as well as more personal material such as letters, diaries and photographs.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Norwich Castle

Peak Season (30 June – 28 September)
Mon - Sat: 10am - 5pm
Sun: 1 - 5pm

Low Season
Mon - Sat: 10am - 4.30pm
Sun: 1pm 4.30pm
Closed 24 – 26 December 2014 and 1 January 2015

Admission charges

Castle Ticket (incl. Special Exhibitions)

Adult: £7.95
Concession (over 65s): £6.50
Child (age 4-18 yrs): £5.20
Family (2 adults + all children): £21
Family (1 adult + all children): £14

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • National Art Pass
  • English Heritage
Getting there

The offices of the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum are based at Shirehall, Market Avenue, Norwich, NR1 3JQ, while the displays are located in Norwich Castle Museum.

The Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum looks after a wealth of objects relating to the Norfolk Regiment. Many of these objects are on display in Norwich Castle Museum, including army uniform, kit, personal letters and diaries that reflect the daily lives of soldiers in wartime and peace. Gallantry and service medals are also on display, along with details about the men who won them.

In our archive we hold a large number of First World War documents including official war diaries, battalion orders and recommendations for awards, as well as more personal material such as letters, diaries and photographs.

Collection details

Coins and Medals, Social History, Weapons and War, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Photography

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
The Letters Home display

Letters Home

  • 8 September 2014 — 13 July 2015 *on now

A series of temporary exhibitions in the Castle Rotunda will start with “Letters Home,” a moving display of personal letters and diaries which reveal what life was like for both soldiers and their families at home during the First World War.

The RNRM is drawing on their important personal archives for this display, which includes a collection of poignant letters from soldiers’ grieving families written to Captain J. Hammond in reply to his letters of condolence.

This will be the first time that much of this material has been on public display, giving an insight into the personal experiences of people with a local connection in the First World War.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Castle Ticket (incl. Special Exhibitions)

Adult: £7.95
Concession (over 65s): £6.50
Child (age 4-18 yrs): £5.20
Family (2 adults + all children): £21
Family (1 adult + all children): £14

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
A soldier of the Norfolk Regiment

First World War Researcher Drop-In

  • 4 November 2014 — 22 December 2015

Staff from the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum are on hand every Tuesday from 11am - 1pm in Norwich Castle Cafe to answer your questions about First World War military family history, and help you to trace ancestors who served in the Norfolk Regiment.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Norwich Castle Cafe is free to visit.

Christmas in the Trenches

  • 29 November 2014

Inspired by the Christmas truce of 1914, this First World War day includes choral performances of carols, talks by popular speakers and the opportunity to take part in a giant commorative art project. Plus a family trail and a chance to discuss your First World War family photographs and objects with staff from the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum. At 2pm, Michael Foreman, author of the children's First World War classic "War Game," will talk about his work followed by a book signing.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Castle Ticket (incl. Special Exhibitions)

Adult: £7.95
Concession (over 65s): £6.50
Child (age 4-18 yrs): £5.20
Family (2 adults + all children): £21
Family (1 adult + all children): £14

Soldiers of the Norfolk Regiment

First World War Researcher Workshops

  • 10 December 2014 — 14 January 2015

These workshops are a chance for family history researchers or those interested in their local war memorials to find out more about the Norfolk Regiment. Staff will be on hand to guide researchers through the Royal Norfolk Regimental museum’s collection, which includes war diaries, letters and personal accounts.

Researchers will also have access to the Regimental Casualty Book, a unique document listing the sickness and injuries of more than 15,000 soldiers who served during the First World War.

The afternoon will include refreshments, and a free copy of our guide to researching your First World War military ancestors which contains helpful hints and advice on getting the most out of your research.

Every second Wednesday of the month, from 1.30 - 4pm.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Where

Norwich Castle Study Centre
Shirehall, Market Avenue
Norwich
Norfolk
NR1 3JQ

Getting there

Norwich Castle Study Centre is located in the Shirehall, on Market Avenue.

Additional info

Disabled access and hearing loop available.

Admission

Adult £15, Conc. £13.50, Museums Pass £12
Call 01603 493640 for more information and to book a place.

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.
Researchers Guide

A Guide to Researching First World War Military Family History

A Guide to Researching First World War Military Family History: What You Can Find at Norfolk Library and Information Service, Norfolk Record Office, and the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum.

This guide talks you through how to research an ancestor who served in the First World War, what resources are available online and what is available uniquely via Norfolk Cultural Services.

Creator

  • Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum
  • Norfolk Library and Information Service
  • Norfolk Record Office

How to obtain

Guides are on sale at the Norwich Castle Gift Shop, the Norwich Castle Study Centre Reception, at Norfolk Record Office and at the Heritage Centre at the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library

Getting there

The offices of the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum are based at Shirehall, Market Avenue, Norwich, NR1 3JQ, while the displays are located in Norwich Castle Museum.

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