The Norwich Freemen are the first Freemen in the UK to put their records online. The launch will take place on the 6th September and as I was passing the Norfolk Record Office I was treated to a quick look around the strong room. It's massive! We are (apparently) very lucky as a county to have so many good records and here in my hand is a a scroll from 1333 detailing the accounts for the Cathedral! In the next room some notes from Richard Bright (He of Bright's disease fame) were being restored. These notes are from 1833 and unfortunately got wet at some point in their past. The mould has now been removed and the pages maintained by a thin backing film. So great to see a master at work. In a democracy, the open access to historic records is very important, it was quite something to see how these records are stored and cared for. The NRO is open to the public if you are passing county hall and have time on your hands.
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