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Working lives of former Colman employees

lotteryUnder our Heritage Lottery Funded  project – Rbook coverecording the stories of former Colman employees we collected many interesting stories about this internationally known Norwich business, now owned by Unilever, the earliest being the tale of a young teenager who worked there in 1935.  The stories have been posted in the Colman’s section and the book entitled Colman’s of Norwich. Stories of Former Employees 1935-1995 is available in local bookshops or directly from us.


Ponds Shoes, Norwich

During the Heritage Open Days we were invited to talk to people visiting the old Ponds shoeshop and factory on Castle Meadow, Norwich. (Now The Missing Kind.) Visitors were given a tour of the cellars containing Elizabethan houses and tunnel entrances leading to Norwich Castle. We met members of the Pond families and others with memories of the shoe trade in Norwich. If you remember Ponds, let us know.

Heritage Open Days 

We met lots of people at the successful Heritage Open Day at Gressenhall Museum of Rural Life on Sunday 10th September. We will be telling some of their stories soon.

Norfolk County Pensioners

We participated again at the annual Norfolk County Pension Fund forum held at the Airport Holiday Inn Hotel, Norwich and at Great Yarmouth Racecourse. We heard fascinating tales from many pensioners we met there, and some of them will be on the website during the next few months. It was gratifying for us that several people who have already contributed to the archive came up to chat.

Norfolk Crafts

Have a look in the Norfolk Crafts archive to learn about people whose lives have been enriched by their interest in crafts such as weaving and spinning. Find out what to do when someone offers you a fleece, and how an interest can become a business.

Doughty’s Hospital

Find the stories of residents of Doughty’s Hospital in Norwich in the archive under Doughty’s. Residents have told us about their working lives in nursing, alternative therapies, shoe factories, shops and many more. Thanks are due to Comic Relief for funding this project.

Corton House

Residents of Corton House in Norwich told us their stories. You will find them in the Corton House section. Thanks are due to Comic Relief and the Norfolk Community Foundation for their support to the project.

Young people’s project at Magdalen Gates school, Norwich

Our project with the Norfolk County Council Youth Social Action Fund to help young people from Magdalen Gates school interview older people in the community about their working lives was highly successful. Go to the Archive to see photos from the project.