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Uncovering the history of Norwich market

PUBLISHED: 07:06 12 April 2010 | UPDATED: 09:37 02 July 2010

Sam Emanuel

People with old photographs of Norwich market are being invited to become part of a new heritage project which is set to boost the city's bid for the title of UK City of Culture.

People with old photographs of Norwich market are being invited to become part of a new heritage project which is set to boost the city's bid for the title of UK City of Culture.

Norwich Heritage Projects, a group set up by six friends who are enthusiastic about the city's past, is telling the history of Norwich market from centuries ago until the present day through a website, a book and a film.

But the group needs the help of people who have pictures of the market, including photos of stallholders - particularly those taken between 1940 and 2000 - as well as stories.

The aim is to turn the research, much of which is collated from various existing sources, into an easily accessible book, film and website in time for the Heritage Open Days in September, which are organised by Norwich HEART.

The website is already up and running and gives a taster of what people living in the city can expect, showing the history of the market from its Norman beginnings, a map and pictures of the many pubs and alehouses surrounding the market, photographs of City Hall being built and the 2005 revamp by LSI Architects.

Frances Holmes, one of the group members, said: "We all think Norwich is a lovely city, but sometimes it can be underrated, and we want to make the city and its history more accessible and help them learn a bit more about it and make it fun."

Ü To visit the website, go to www.norwich-market.org.uk.

Ü If you have any stories or photographs you can contribute to the project, email info@norwich-heritage.co.uk or call 01603 455798.

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