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Norfolk Online Access to Heritage

NOAH - the Norfolk Online Access to Heritage service, has now ceased. All the data accessed through the single NOAH interface is still be available through the individual online systems. For details on these systems, please see the list below for the relevant links to the individual data sources:

Data Sources

Library Catalogue

The Norfolk Library and Information Services catalogue contains details of the books, films, music CDs, local studies and reference items. To make full use of all of our facilities you will need to be a registered member of the library service. Joining is easy (link opens in new window) and most services are free. You can also join online.

You can search the catalogue, which contains our complete stock across the county and place reservations for collection at a branch of your choice.

You can also renew your books online, or check your full account details.

You can also find ebooks for downloading there, or you can also go direct to the Norfolk Digital Library.

Picture Norfolk

Picture Norfolk is a digital archive of cultural and historical images charting the development of Norfolk up to the present day. At present Picture Norfolk comprises of approximately 16,000 images - archaeological, architectural, historical, geological, agricultural, industrial and social themes all being represented. This makes it the ideal visual resource for local history studies, education projects for pupils of all ages, academic research and simply just for personal interest and enjoyment.

Prints and electronic copies of images held in the Picture Norfolk database are available for purchase.

Norfolk Museums Catalogue

The collections of the NMAS are primarily about the county of Norfolk, its history, development, culture and environment. We also have some wonderful foreign collections that are a window on the world.

There are approximately 3 million objects in the collections and most of them have been catalogued on the databases. We have over 300,000 records in Collections Online for All, covering all subjects and museums. More work remains to be done however. The Costume and Textile collection (about 15,000 items) was recently added but Natural History collection at Norwich Castle (about 2 million specimens) is still being documented electronically.

Collections include

Archaeology and Egyptology
Costume and textiles
Cromer local history and geology
Decorative Art
Fine Art
Great Yarmouth local history and art
Gressenhall Norfolk rural life
King's Lynn local history, art, costume, archaeology
Maps of Norwich and Norfolk
Norwich social history
Royal Norfolk Regimental history
Thetford local history and natural history

Norfolk Record Office

The Norfolk Record Office (NRO) collects and preserves unique archives relating to the history of Norfolk and makes them accessible to people in Norfolk and across the world. It includes the Norfolk Sound Archive. The NRO is a joint service of the County and District Councils of Norfolk.

Included in the NRO’s online catalogue, NROCAT, are descriptions of almost all the Record Office’s holdings of catalogued archives. These have been created by a variety of organizations and people, past and present, range in date from the eleventh century to the twenty-first and relate to every town and parish in Norfolk. Among them are royal charters, title deeds, manorial court rolls, registers, accounts, minute books, correspondence, diaries, maps, architectural and other drawings, photographs, music, music and oral histories.

Emap Explorer

Emap Explorer includes around 8,300 aerial photographs of Norfolk taken between 1945 and 1946, a number of historical maps of Norfolk and Norwich including William Fadden's 1797, and Andrew Bryant's 1826 maps of Norfolk, together with maps of Great Yarmouth, King's Lynn and Thetford, and tithe maps for almost all rural parishes in Norfolk between 1836 and 1850.

Norfolk Sources

Norfolk Sources is a collection of images of archive material supplied by the Norfolk Record Office and the Norfolk Heritage Centre (part of Norfolk Libraries and Information Service) and contains the following collections:

Probate - Wills from 1800-1857

Broadsides - Broadsides were used soon after the beginning of printing for royal proclamations and official notices. Later, broadsides were used for political agitation, advertisements, poems, ballads etc

Benjamin Mackerell's Histories of Norwich and King's Lynn

Charles Palmer's 'The Perlustration of Great Yarmouth'

Bryant's Norfolk Churches

Trade Directories of Norfolk, Dereham, Great Yarmouth, Norwich and Thetford, various dates between 1842 and 1932

The Norfolk Historic Environment Record

The Norfolk Historic Environment Record is a database of more than 50,000 records of archaeological sites and finds in Norfolk, including excavations and surveys, historic buildings, findspots and finds scatters, earthworks, cropmarks, wrecks, intertidal remains, parks and gardens, industrial remains and defensive structures, available through the Norfolk Heritage Explorer website, and includes detailed information, mapping and a wide range of other resources.

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