Opera Unwrapped for Christmas


The Assembly House Trust has always been a supporter of classical music in Norwich, this December provided an excellent opportunity to host a truly unique event.

This intimate concert was a unique opportunity to enjoy music from a number of singers including internationally acclaimed Mezzo-Soprano, Yvonne Howard.

Opera Unwrapped took place to raise money for ‘A King’s Ransom’ the children’s opera and education project, which Into Opera are running in Norfolk primary schools. Their project champions the importance of all children having access to the arts and a creative education. It culminates in the professional world premiere of a new opera written for children to sing by one of the UK’s most inspirational classical composers, Patrick Hawes in February 2018 at OPEN Norwich. Audiences attending Opera Unwrapped for Christmas were the first to hear a preview of this opera, which was introduced on the night, by the composer.

Organiser Genevieve Raghu:

“A huge thank you to the Assembly House Trust for their support in enabling Opera Unwrapped for Christmas to take place on Sunday. It was quite an occasion! The Mayor of Norwich and Sheriff both came along and were extremely complimentary. We had a great turn out and the children seemed to thoroughly enjoyed themselves. All the opera singers gave them autographs too which they were over the moon about. It was rather special to see such a range of ages in the room. It was a wonderful occasion, made viable by the Trust.”

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By | December 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Norwich Makers Market: Etsy Made Local


Norwich Makers Market are teaming up with Etsy for a special Christmas event at The Assembly House.

Illustration, homewares, jewellery, ceramics, clothing, art, design, stationery and vegan delights too. Come along for a host of talented designers, makers and bakers.

Perfect for Christmas shopping, even if it’s all for you!

By | September 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Heritage Open Days: Lectures

The Assembly House - Glass Plates

The Assembly House – Glass Plates

As part of Heritage Open Days 2017, The Assembly House Trust provided use of The Music Room for a series of lectures.

An Aerial view of Westlegate and All Saint's Green

Norwich 1945 to 1960: A Journey from Austerity to Prosperity’

Frances and Michael Holmes

Sunday 10th September, 10am

To coincide with the publication of their new book, join Frances and Michael Holmes for a trip down memory lane. They will bring back a time when after years of war the City was rebuilt and regenerated; when City workers made shoes and chocolate and the streets were dominated by bicycles not cars; when children flocked to the City on a Saturday morning to go to the pictures and then on to the Cattle Market; when Teddy boys added colour to the City and youngsters danced the night away at the Samson & Hercules and the Lido. A trip which will take you from the rationing of the post-war years to a time when we ‘never had it so good’.

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Early Photography in Norfolk

John Benjafield

Sunday 10th September, 1pm

Photography was practised by wealthy Norfolk gentlemen amateurs from the early 1840s. They used ‘brass and mahogany’ cameras and used the chemicals necessary to make photographs. In the early 1850s new processes reduced costs allowing tradesmen to displace amateurs. The day of the photograph collector had arrived. This presentation will show images in the care of the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library. Rarely seen in public they are an in important national resource.

The Assembly House - Glass Plates

The Assembly House – Glass Plates

‘Treating’ and ‘Cooping’: Elections and Political Strife in Georgian Norwich

Ian Smith

Sunday 10th September, 3pm

Norwich was at times ‘distracted with party rage’ right from the beginning of the Georgian era. At election times citizens were ‘treated’ with beer, bribed with cash, even ‘cooped’ like chickens to ensure they voted for the right party. Violent rioting was often the outcome. This talk will examine the background and the issues at stake during election time in Georgian Norwich

By | September 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Heritage Open Days: Top Secret Camouflage


As part of Heritage Open Days 2017, The Assembly House Trust supported a special event, encouraging young people to engage with the rich history of the building.


During the Second World War, The Assembly House played its part in the war effort. In 1940 the building became the Eastern Command Camouflage Office and Camouflage factory, fronted by theatre designer and artist Oliver Messel.


Families were invited to join Oliver Messel, set decorator extraordinaire on a top-secret mission to disguise buildings and landmarks.


The event was organised by Roxanne Matthews and was very well attended with great feedback.


By | September 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dementia UK: Training Day

IMG_6837The Assembly House Trust is proud to support Dementia UK with events in Norwich.

On Monday 11th September the Trust provided subsidised use of The Music Room for a full day of study and training for Primary Care Nurses, focussing on Dementia care.

The event was organised with Zena Aldridge at Dementia UK:

“A huge thank you to The Assembly House Trust for allowing us to hold the Dementia Training event.

It was well attended and was a huge success. The ambience of the environment really did support the participants to make the most of the day and to feel valued .

I think we are hopeful that those who attended will make changes to the way that they practice which will benefit those affected by dementia. Our sincere thanks to the Trust, who have been so supportive over the past year in allowing several events to be held in such a magnificent venue.”

For more information on Admiral Nurses, visit the Dementia UK Website.

By | September 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Great British Garden Party: Norwich Makers Market


The Assembly House Trust were delighted to support the return of Norwich Makers Market to The House as part of The Great British Garden Party.


Taking place on Summer Bank Holiday Monday, the market is a unique event dedicated to housing the very best hand-picked designers and illustrators in Norwich and surrounding fairytale wilds of the East.


The event was filled with bespoke homewares, gifts, jewellery, textiles, stationery, prints, clothing and many more individual products.


The Trust are proud to support independent designer makers in Norwich and Norfolk.

By | August 29th, 2017|Event, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Exhibition: Phoenix Heritage Project

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Phoenix Heritage Project Exhibition                   

April 21st to May 27th 2017

The Assembly House Trust is opening up the archive to uncover the story of our fascinating landmark building, from its earliest foundation to the present day.


Join us in commemorating the 20th anniversary of the building’s regeneration and reopening in 1997 following the devastating fire of 1995.


The Phoenix Heritage Project exhibition follows the story of The Assembly House.

From its beginnings in the 13th Century fields of Norman Norwich to its development by Thomas Ivory, The Assembly House has long been a focal point for people across the county of Norfolk.


A landmark Georgian building, the House has played host to a college, a school, a YWCA hostel and a war office camouflage unit. It has even been used as a warehouse for storing chocolate and bicycles. The building has survived the blitz, been ravaged by fire and been regenerated on more than on occasion.


From grand balls and performances to jugglers and acrobats, its fascinating story is peopled by a long cast of painters, philanthropists, lords and barons.


The exhibition is free and open daily with displays in the corridor gallery.

The Phoenix Heritage Project is a new programme of events celebrating the heritage of The Assembly House.

You can also follow the project on twitter: @AHHeritage

By | May 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Noverre Cinema: Some Like It Hot


On Friday 21st April the ballroom of The Assembly House once again became the Noverre Cinema, holding a public screening for the first time in over twenty years.


The Assembly House Trust worked in partnership with Cinema City Education to revive one of Norwich’s long-lost cinemas for a special screening of Hollywood classic ‘Some Like It Hot’ starring Marilyn Monroe.


Audience members were encouraged to arrive early to browse a small exhibition, with artefacts including original posters and brochures from the Noverre Cinema.


The main feature, along with a selection of local archive films, were introduced by local performer Simon Floyd. Audience members also treated themselves to popcorn and ice cream during the intermission.


It was a fantastic event with a great sense of nostalgia with attendees sharing their fondest memories.

Huge thanks to Elmulgraphic, who produced a stunning 360 image of the event:

Will there be more screenings in the Noverre Cinema? Watch this space!


By | May 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Take One Picture: Seething and Mundham Primary School


The Assembly House Trust is always excited to work in partnership with local community organisations, especially when it comes to interesting art projects.


This month we were happy to offer exhibition space to Seething & Mundham Primary School:

“Seething and Mundham Primary have been taking part in an exciting project called ‘Take 1 Picture‘, which is coordinated by the National Gallery in London.

Mrs Appleby, the head teacher, was very fortunate to have the opportunity to attend a teachers’ training day at the gallery and subsequently organised a training session for the school’s teachers at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery. The school has always used artists’ work to inspire children but this project gave the pupils greater depth of involvement with an artist’s work.

We were fortunate enough to use some exhibition space at the Assembly House Norwich; this was possible with the assistance of the Assembly House Trust who provided the necessary support.”


The exhibition ran until Friday the 14th of April and provided a great opportunity for the children of Seething and Mundham primary school to view their work in a “real life” exhibition space.

By | April 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dementia UK: Time for a Cuppa


The Assembly House Trust was recently contacted by Dementia UK about getting involved in their ‘Time for a Cuppa’ event.


The Trust was extremely happy to support such a great cause, raising awareness and raising money for people with dementia and their carers.


The event featured a display of over 18,000 crocheted forget-me-not flowers, each representing one person in Norfolk facing dementia.


The Assembly House Trust worked with Richard Hughes and his team to provide tea, coffee and cake for the event.


The event also featured an Admiral Nurse Clinic, providing help and support to those with dementia and their carers.


Over the next few months The Assembly House Trust will be working with Dementia UK and other organisations to improve our accessibility to those with dementia.

For more information on ‘Time for a Cuppa’ visit www.dementiauk.org

By | March 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments