History detectives track down Parliament’s links with Norfolk

10 August 2009

The first regional programme as part of the project has been launched with great success.

The project is a partnership between Parliamentary Outreach, Parliamentary Archives and regional archives across England and Wales.

The history detective course was held at Norfolk Record Office over four days in late July 2009. Participants looked at records in the Parliamentary Archives and Norfolk Record Office and the relationships of people in Norwich and Parliament in the 1820s.

Places on the history detective course were oversubscribed and those who participated enjoyed the project:

"It has been a great joy and a privilege to be involved in this project. All the staff involved have been stars: helpful, encouraging and generous with their time and expertise. Any stereotype of archivists and their ilk as stuffy bookworms is completely destroyed. Thank you all and when is the next one please?" - Geraldine Sayers Cowper

"It was interesting to see how a seemingly remote Act of Parliament enacted in London reached out to the provinces in practical administration." - Marion Falkes

"I very much enjoyed the whole experience of this course. Now that I have used the research centre I feel able to come again and do my own research." - Janet King

"This has been very interesting and informative." - Robert Flatt

For more information about the Connecting with Communities: People and Parliament regional activities, please contact Rebecca Fawcett, Cultural Programmes Manager at fawcettr@parliament.uk

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