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

The Noverre Cinema returns to The Assembly House

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The Noverre Cinema returns to The Assembly House

On Friday 21st April the ballroom of The Assembly House will be once again become the Noverre Cinema and will hold a public screening for the first time in over twenty years.

The Assembly House Trust is teaming up with Cinema City Education to revive one of Norwich’s long-lost cinemas for one-night-only.

The much-missed cinema is returning as part of a year of activities celebrating the heritage of one of Norwich’s most beloved public buildings. The event will be accompanied by a special exhibition charting the history of The Assembly House.

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The title of the film and ticket details are still to be announced but we are keen to collect memories of the cinema for as part of the event.

What are your memories of the Noverre Cinema?

Get in touch by emailing info@assemblyhousetrust.org.uk or tweeting @AHHeritage

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About The Noverre Cinema

For more than 40 years, the Noverre served as a popular city cinema which screened a diverse range of films including non-commercial and arthouse releases.

Located in a former ballroom at the Assembly House in Norwich, the cinema took its name from the Noverre family who taught classical dance there during the 18th Century.

Prior to the Noverre’s opening, the Assembly House underwent extensive restoration work between 1948 and 1950 for a cost of £70,000. When it re-opened in November 1950 the building was complete with music rooms, a banquet room and exhibition room, in addition to the arts cinema.

A raked floor was installed which accommodated 272 seats. The cinema was well equipped with two 35mm projectors, two 16mm projectors and modern sound installation.

The Noverre is fondly remembered for its Saturday morning kids’ club, seating with plenty of leg room, showing no adverts before films and for not selling ice creams or popcorn. The most popular film it screened was Cabaret, which was shown on 11 different occasions.

The Norfolk & Norwich Film Theatre began showing films at the Noverre in 1966 before moving into their permanent venue, Cinema City on St Andrews Street, in 1978. The NNFT screened a variety of, sometimes controversial, foreign and arthouse pictures that were otherwise unavailable to view in Norfolk.

The Noverre closed its doors on 23 December 1992.


By | February 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I ❤ Norwich Exhibition


Our new exhibition is now open and looking fantastic!


Supported by The Assembly House Trust, this exhibition features a collection of unique artwork by three local artists.


The exhibition is a combination of linocut prints by David Jones, Screen prints by Leanda Jaine Hughes and paper collage by Soodle Street.


The exhibition is a great opportunity to celebrate the architecture of our city as well as supporting three local artists.

I ❤ Norwich is open at The Assembly House until Saturday 8th April.

By | January 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I ❤ Norwich

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A new exhibition at The Assembly House

Friday 20th January to Saturday 8th April

The Assembly House is celebrating the heritage and architecture of our fine city with a new exhibition.

This vibrant collection of artwork features a range of original prints and collages by three local artists.

The show features new work by Leanda Jaine Hughes, David Jones and Soodle Street.

I Norwich is open every day from 10am to 6pm at The Assembly House.


This exhibition is supported by The Assembly House Trust

Leanda Jaine Hughes

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Leanda Jaine is a Norwich based Illustrator who has recently graduated from NUA (Norwich University of the Arts) with a first class honours degree in Illustration. Inspired by the Norfolk and Norwich area, Leanda uses screen-printing, linocuts, etching and embossing to create her distinctive and original artwork.


Soodle Street

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A collection of handmade recycled paper illustrations, inspired by architecture, culture and place.  A collage series of dwellings from around the world, created to explore design, history and diversity.

Soodle Street aims to reinvent the everyday; collecting forgotten and unwanted papers and reviving them into new and unexpected visual designs.


David Jones


David is a Norwich-based printmaker with a reputation for capturing the beauty of our fine city:

“Evidence of the past is all around us if we look closely enough. Modern streets follow old tracks and many of today’s buildings stand on lines fixed hundreds if not thousands of years ago. I am particularly interested in architecture, though many of my prints are about people. They may well depict contemporary life but in fact they are still concerned with history since I am recording what will in time become history.”


By | January 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments