Baedeker Raids 70th Anniversary Event

Saturday 28th April 2012
10:00 AM



Norwich Arts Centre

Baedeker Raids 70th Anniversary Event
Saturday 28 April : 10am- 6pm

The Norwich Blitz exhibition will be open as usual from 10am-6pm.


Reading table in foyer with eyewitness letters, newspaper articles, additional photographs, and books.

NAC Café will be serving a range of light lunches and snacks

Family Trail: Pick up a trail sheet, follow the clues around the city and answer the questions to be entered into a prize draw to win Caley’s chocolate. Draw will take place after 4pm.


10am-11am: Drop-in Children’s Workshop ‘Dig for Victory’

During the war, anyone with a garden was encouraged to grow their own vegetables to help combat the problem of food shortages. In this drop-in workshop you can choose to plant either runner beans, spinach, or radishes, take them home in a pot and watch them grow. If you take care of them in the next few months, you should have your very own harvest!


10am-11.30am and 12.30pm-2pm: Tell your story

Did you witness the blitz? Tell your story to our oral history volunteer, who will make a recording to be held in the Norfolk Record Office and on the Norwich Blitz website.


11.30am-12.30pm: Steve Snelling and Nick Stone in conversation

Steve Snelling will discuss his recent book ‘Norwich: A Shattered City’, in conversation with Nick Stone, the photographer behind ‘Blitz Ghosts’.


1pm-4pm: Music in the bar

A pianist plays wartime songs, sing-alongs encouraged!


1pm-2pm: Drop-in Children’s Workshop ‘Re-building the city’

Orford Place in the city centre was completely destroyed during the blitz. The building there now is Debenhams, but what would you have built if you had been the town planner? Use our worksheets to draw a new city centre building or park.


2pm-4pm: Walking Tour

A circular walking tour of local streets, using exhibition photographs to locate some of the featured sites. Taking the photographs as a starting point, Exhibition Coordinator Holly Rumble has designed a 3.5 mile walk which will include over 25 sites. The walk will focus on placing the archive images into their current settings, exploring the changed architecture and imagining the Norwich of 1942. Photographs will include a number of the Blitz Ghosts images by Nick Stone, who has spent over a year perfecting this process of investigation.

Please note: the walk is 3.5 miles and may take up to 2 hours. Not all surfaces will be flat (some steps and hills will be involved), so please ensure you wear suitable footwear. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Places are limited, so please reserve your free place early by telephoning the box office on 01603 660352. The walk begins on the front lawn at 2pm on Saturday 28th April. Please arrive by 1.50pm to sign the register, otherwise your space will be made available to others. In the case of very wet weather we will postpone the walk to a later date.

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