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

Norwich Makers Market


Norwich Makers Market at The Assembly House

Monday 28th August, 10am-4pm

Norwich Makers Market returns to The Assembly House for the Summer Bank Holiday. A unique event dedicated to housing the very best hand-picked designers and illustrators in Norwich and surrounding fairytale wilds of the East.

Expect to find bespoke homewares, gifts, jewellery, textiles, stationery, prints, clothing and many more individual products.

Supporting independent designer makers, enjoy shopping with a twist away from the mass-produced high street, this ever-popular market has something for everybody!

For more information visit:

By | July 11th, 2017|Event|0 Comments

Heritage Open Days 2017: Lectures

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Heritage Open Days 2017: Lectures


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’.


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.


‘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

Booking opens on 7th August


By | July 11th, 2017|Event, Heritage|0 Comments

Heritage Open Days at The Assembly House

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Heritage Open Days at The Assembly House


Early Bird Tour

Sunday 10th September, 8.30am and 10.30am

Join us for an early morning tour of the fascinating history of the Assembly House. A medieval college still visible in the crypt, Tudor spoils, Georgian arts, nineteenth century dancing, a school and top-secret war rooms. Brimming with personalities from the past and tangible architectural evidence enjoy the histories of this remarkable site with guide Roxanne Matthews.

Booking opens on 7th August



Family Event: Top Secret Camouflage

Sunday 10th September, 12.30pm-4.30pm

Families are invited to join Oliver Messel, set decorator extraordinaire on a top-secret mission in memory of his efforts during the Second World War. Once home to government Camouflage Offices come and experience a tiny part of the Assembly House’s amazing history. Make your own sets to disguise buildings and landmarks.


For all the family age 3 +

Drop-in event.  

By | July 11th, 2017|Event, Heritage|0 Comments

Exhibition: Eliza Southwood


Exhibition: Eliza Southwood

Friday 16th June – Saturday 9th September


Eliza Southwood practiced as an architect for ten years before deciding to take up a career as an artist and illustrator full-time in 2011, although she has consistently drawn and painted throughout her life. Her first illustration commission was a Spanish children’s book, when she was aged 13.



From the age of ten she spent her childhood in a remote part of Spain, where she grew up drawing and painting scenes of local life in the mountains. Her creative streak was later channelled into architectural design, and she graduated from Glasgow School of Art with a degree in Architecture, later finishing her postgraduate architectural studies in London. She spent several years working as a designer for Eric Parry Architects in London and later Arup Associates. However, having realised that she enjoyed carrying out the ‘artist’s impression’ part of her job more than any other, she finally decided to give up architectural practice in order to work full time on her own art projects.


Eliza’s architectural training fostered a technical eye for detail and colour, which is apparent in her artwork. Her speciality is silk screen printing, but she also works in mixed media, watercolour and acrylic.


She is known particularly for her cycling themed artwork, but also produces work on a wide range of subjects such as cityscapes, dogs, sports and people.


This exhibition is supported by The Assembly House Trust

By | June 25th, 2017|Exhibition|0 Comments

NNF17: The Voice Project presents The Arms of Sleep


In May 2017 The Assembly House Trust was proud to support The Arms of Sleep, a unique production from The Voice Project as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

Photographs courtesy of Phil Sayer and Jemma Mickleburgh


By | June 15th, 2017|Event|0 Comments

Norfolk and Norwich Festival: The Arms of Sleep

Voice Project

Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2017

The Voice Project: The Arms of Sleep

20th – 26th May

9.30pm – 8.30am

Over five nights, 200 audience members slept overnight in the Noverre Ballroom, experiencing choral performances and art installations.

The Voice Project have a reputation for producing truly unique experiences and this was no exception. The Assembly House Trust are proud to have supported such an exciting project in the City of Norwich.

A huge thank you to Richard Hughes and all The Assembly House staff for tremendous levels of help and support in making the event a huge success.

Here is an online review of the event from Outline Magazine:

By | June 5th, 2017|Event|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