Drawing in the Archive: Norwich’s Medieval Churches 1700 – 2017

The exhibition is now closed – thanks to everyone who helped make it a success!

New! Look at and listen to Emil Dauncey’s ‘Norwich Churches Spherical Film’ – sound and vision at St Peter Southgate in 2017.

A 360 degree film produced by Emil Dauncey @DaunceyEmil and Joe Sinclair in conjunction with our project and was used as part of a workshop which ran during the exhibition @NorfolkRO. The film features the ruins of St Peter Southgate, and you can turn around 360 degrees in each viewing point as the film plays by using your mouse to swing around the scene.

To view the 4 minute film on YouTube just click here: Spherical Film

Spherical film 2017

Copies of the Drawing in the Archive catalogue are available from City Bookshop, Norwich

Drawing In The Archive poster


Based on new research, this exhibition explores the rich visual record of Norwich’s medieval parish churches.  Since 1700, artists, antiquarians and archaeologists have drawn the City’s churches in diverse ways.  The remarkable archive that they have left reveals information about the churches that would otherwise be lost and encourages us to look again, and look differently, at these familiar landmarks.

Monday 21 August – Friday 17 November 2017

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The Archive Centre, Martineau Lane, Norwich NR1 2DQ | Tel 01603 222599

Opening hours: Mon/Weds/Fri 9-5 | Tues 9.30 – 5 | Thurs 9-7

To find out more about the exhibition and associated events take a look at The Archive Centre’s What’s On Guide


Events for Adults

Mon 18 September 2-4pm

Archive Ambulation, a two-mile walk round some of the city’s churches with documents

Thurs 19 October 5.15 – 6.45pm

Thursday Taster, An Exhibition Unpacked: Curating, Conserving and Engaging

Lunchtime Talks

Weds 23 August 1-2pm

The Screen Painting from St Gregory, Norwich: the Earliest of its Kind in Norfolk? and The Re-Fenestration of St Giles by Sandy Heslop and Helen Lunnon

Fri 29 September 1-2pm

Norwich Churches and World War Two by Frank Meeres

Tues 12 October 1-2pm

Understanding Medieval Churches: Insights from a Craft Guild by Dr Stephen L’Normand and Colin Howey

Mon 13 November 1-2pm

Standing Room Only? Finding the Other Churches of Medieval Norwich and John Sell Cotman’s Medieval Norwich by Brian Ayers and Clare Haynes


Events for children and young people

Fri 1 September 2-3.30pm

Virtual Reality, for Real…? for 11-18 year olds


Half Term School Holiday Fun and Crafts

Mon 23 October 2-3.30pm

Norwich Skyline

Tues 24th October 2-3.30pm

Perfect Painted Panes