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City’s history as a refuge is subject of heritage centre talk

PUBLISHED: 13:34 09 June 2018

Historical Places-Elm Hill Elm hill is a historic cobbled lane of the Tudor period. PHOTO: John Dye

Historical Places-Elm Hill Elm hill is a historic cobbled lane of the Tudor period. PHOTO: John Dye

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Norwich’s heritage as a refuge for immigrants is the subject of a talk next week.

Chris Tracey, archive specialist, will be giving the talk, called Norwich: City of Refuge on Tuesday, June 12.

Part of a regular series of monthly Heritage Hour talks, the event focuses on the immigrants from what is now the Netherlands who came to the city from the mid-1560s.

Initially the city authorities invited 30 Dutch immigrants and their families to settle in Norwich and bring their skills in weaving and textiles.

But in the following decades many more followed, fleeing persecution by the ruling Spanish authorities.

Visitors will get the chance to see items from the Heritage Centre and Norfolk Record Office collections, including a Dutch chart of the Norfolk coast from 1584.

The event is free and takes place from 1pm-2pm in the Vernon Castle Room at the Norfolk Heritage Centre on the second floor of The Forum in Norwich.

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