The Norwich Society is an independent community-based charity, supporting the preservation, development and improvement of features of historic interest of our city. They use the expertise of architects, town planners, surveyors and other industry professionals within our committees to comment on significant planning decisions in the area on behalf of the public.
The Norwich Society encourage exploration and enjoyment of Norwich’s history through a range of talks, walks and other events, as well as regular publications.
From saving the historic Elm Hill area from demolition in the 1920s, to recent campaigning for better development of the Anglia Square site, The Norwich Society have been championing the built environment and public spaces in Norwich and celebrating the city’s unique character and beauty since 1923.
In 2023 we supported The Norwich Society to celebrate their centenary with a special exhibition: 'Norwich 100: Caring for the past and future'. The photography exhibition was on show at our home, The Forum, throughout the festival (8-17 September 2023), and displayed 100 images of our City of Stories: from the familiar to the unexpected. Each photo a year of the society and a building or a place that The Norwich Society has helped to protect.
There was a 'People's Choice' slideshow, featuring the places that we love and value the most. Visitors to The Forum had the chance to nominate their own favourite place in the city. Alongside the exhibition, there were talks and walking tours on how The Norwich Society was established, and the work they've done to safeguard the city, from Bishop Bridge to Anglia Square.